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GOLD AND SILVER, CARE & CLEANING

Gold

To make gold clean and shiny, simply wash it in soapy water, like dishwashing liquid, rinse in clear water and polish with a soft cloth.Or use baking soda, then a cloth dipped in alcohol. Be careful when mixing gold and silver - it can cause black marks on the gold when it contacts the silver.

Gold can't be altered by corrosion, moisture, cold or heat from the sun. Don't use chlorine or bleach on it. Salt air can cover it with a thin gray veil.

If you have your gold ring resized, be sure the jeweler gives you the excess gold piece that was removed. You should leave with the same amount of gold you brought in. A gold piece with large links that are very light is probably hollow. Be careful with it - scratches and dents can't be repaired.

Take extra care with posts or hoops on gold earrings, especially if they have hinges. The pieces are fragile and break easily.

Silver

The best way to prevent tarnish is to wear your silver jewelry often. A certain amount of tarnish, or patina, gives your silver piece a subtle beauty.

Cleaning products made for silver tablewear shouldn't be used on jewelry, unless it's extremely dirty. Never use them on silver which has gemstones. The best cleaner is baking soda, in your hands or applied with a damp toothbrush. Use toothpaste, but not for carved or engraved jewelry - it can cake in the crevices. Or try lemon juice - a soft brush dipped in lemon juice can wipe away blemishes.

To restore shine to a very tarnished piece, roll it in aluminum foil, put it in a pot of boiling salted water, leave it in about 10 minutes, then remove. The foil will absorb the oxidation and should be black. Don't do this with jewelry that has pearls or stones.

If silver irritates your skin, apply a coat of clear nail polish to the part that touches your skin.

You can purchase a kit to test both gold and silver to make sure they're the real thing. It consists of a touchstone and acids to reveal its quality and purity.