Jewelry is important. Whether you inherited it, bought it, or were given it as a gift most people have both a monetary and sentimental investment in their gold jewelry. When you wear your jewelry you want it to look good. If you wear a piece everyday, chances are it gets very dirty, and if you have something special you only wear occasionally, you want it to be perfectly clean and sparkly when you do wear it. There are many ways to clean gold jewelry and much conflicting advice available. You can always take your jewelry to a professional to have it cleaned but if you are in a hurry or lack funds that may not be your best option. Some people recommend using toothpaste, others say only use cleaner you purchase specifically for gold jewelry, some advisers say use alcohol, others say dish detergent. What's a dirty gold owner to do? If you have white gold, you probably should take it to a professional. Rhodium is used to plate white gold rings and it gives jewelry an extra shiny, sparkly look. If you have a white gold piece that is beginning to look yellow, it is because the rhodium plating is wearing off. It is relatively inexpensive to have a ring re-plated and your piece will look good as new. If you don't think the rhodium is wearing off and you just need a quick cleaning, a soft cloth and some warm water should do the trick.
You can also use warm water with a bit of mild detergent such as dish liquid to clean gold. Simply put your fill a shallow dish with warm water and detergent and soak your jewelry in it for a while, then clean with a soft bristled brush and rinse in another dish of cold, clean water. Isopropyl alcohol is another gentle cleanser that can be used to clean jewelry. The benefit of alcohol is that it dries without water spots. However, if your gold is very dirty, with built up oil and grime, alcohol may not be strong enough to get rid of all the dirt. In that case, either go to a professional, invest in some jewelry cleaner or use the detergent method.
Thank you for the advice Pammy!