Many people have asked how to care for their Antique and Vintage Gold Filled Jewellery after their purchase. Really, these tips would be the same as for solid gold jewellery if you want it to look and feel as fabulous as the day it was crafted. Frequent, gentle cleaning is recommended to maintain its true beauty - it will last a lifetime with the tender loving care it deserves.
Be as careful as possible to protect your jewellery from nicks & scratches. This means storing it individually in a cloth lined jewellery box or pouch to avoid scratching. Also, avoid jewellery knocking against each other when worn. For example, a bangle or bracelet scratching against each other or a watch.
Chlorinated and salt water in swimming pools, soap & perspiration, just to name a few, take their toll on all fine jewellery. You should avoid swimming and showering with any type of jewellery or spraying perfumes directly on them.
Make sure potentially damaging dirt, fingerprints & chemicals are removed as quickly as possible. You can do this in a number of ways:
- Wipe your jewellery with a soft cloth to keep it clean and free of the above elements which can cause oxidisation. A cleaning & polishing cloth available from most reputable jewellers is recommended.
- To clean your jewellery you could use a solution of warm water and washing crystals and then rinse with clean, warm water. Pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Alternatively, a commercial cleaning product could be used taking care to follow the directions provided.
- Take extra care when cleaning jewellery with decorations including enamel and enamel-like detailing and embellishments like pearls, stones and beads. Sometimes, warm water can loosen glue so beads and stones can fall out and they can be difficult to replace.
If you follow these guidelines, it is reasonable to expect your Vintage and Antique Gold Filled jewellery to last a lifetime, if not longer, since most has already been survived a very long time in near pristine condition due to it quality construction which is what makes it so special and appealing.