Rose Gold jewelry can be made in two different ways. Your rose gold jewelry is either an alloy of copper and gold, or gold plated copper. If your jewelry is an alloy that means the metals were heated and mixed together before your item was made. If your jewelry is not an alloy that means you have a copper item with a gold plating. You can tell which kind of rose gold you have by looking for a makers mark. Inside rings, or near the end of necklaces you can look for a stamped mark. If the mark has a P in it, your item is plated, if your mark does not have a P in it, your item is probably an alloy. Caring for an alloy is easier than caring for a plated piece but both can retain their shine with just a little bit of love.
An alloy of rose gold is homogenous throughout. The atoms of copper and gold are mixed evenly in your jewelry item. When cleaning your rose gold alloyed jewelry make sure to use a cleanser that is not reactive to copper and use a soft cloth to avoid scratching the jewelry surfaces.
To clean rose gold jewelry alloys, start with soap and warm water. Wash the jewelry with your fingertips and a soft cloth if needed. Make sure to dry the jewelry completely with a soft dry cloth to avoid any water spots.
If your rose gold jewelry has no stones, and after washing, it has a patina you do not like, mix two teaspoons of salt and a 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a coffee cup. Stir until the salt has dissolved. Gently place your jewelry in the cleaning solution and let it rest for 1 minute. Set a timer because the solution can cause pitting (tiny holes in the surface of your jewelry) if you leave your rose gold submerged for too long. Remove your item after 1 minute and rinse well with warm water. Dry thoroughly to prevent any water spots. Use your discretion to decide whether or not to dip for an additional minute.
Do not let your jewelry soak for more than one minute at a time! Always check it after one minute and when you are satisfied, wash every bit of the surface with warm soapy water and dry completely.
To clean plated rose gold jewelry, start with soap and warm water. Wash the jewelry with your fingertips and a soft cloth if needed. Make sure to dry the jewelry completely with a soft dry cloth to avoid any water spots.
To make the rose gold color, much of the copper color has to shine through the gold plating, therefore the gold plating is very thin. Chemical cleaners will wear away the gold plating quickly and so we advise against harsh cleaners when cleaning plated rose gold jewelry. Instead, take a small bowl and line it with aluminum foil. Place your gold plated, rose gold jewelry in the bowl and cover with boiling water. Let the jewelry sit in the hot water for four minutes. Carefully remove the jewelry and cool it with cold water. Dry the jewelry carefully with a soft cloth to prevent any scratches.
Congratulations! Now your jewelry is glittering again!
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