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White Gold Hoop Earrings
Keeping your White Gold Hoop Earrings in Top Shape
The composition of white gold hoop earrings makes it trickier to clean compared to jewellery made of yellow gold, silver, or platinum. White gold is a combination of white metals and yellow gold, all covered with plating. Thus, extra attention should be given to maintaining the plating's cleanliness and shine. Otherwise, it wouldn't be able to keep white gold looking like, well, white gold. Compromising the plating can expose the yellowish colour of the internal alloy.
Cleaning Your Pair Of White Gold Hoop Earrings
If you polish your white gold jewellery too often, the plating will wear off faster. As such, take extra care when you wear your hoops. As much as possible, don't expose them to dirt or other environmental elements. If you do have to clean them, follow the right steps.
- Get a cleaning solution ready. Mix warm water and mild soap. Also, avoid using cleaning agents that contain harsh chemicals.
- Soak your white gold hoop earrings. Leave it in the solution for about 20 minutes.
- Gently rub the hoops. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove stubborn dirt.
- Rinse. Use lukewarm water and make sure to remove all residues.
- Dry. Use a clean towel to wipe off moisture and let your earrings dry.
If you think the steps above won't cut it, you can add a few drops of ammonia to the soak to clean especially-dirty earrings. You can also use specialised jewellery cleaner made for white gold. You can get this from your jewellery store.
Again, stick to a soft brush or cloth when doing the third step. While you may not notice any damage the first time you clean your white gold hoop earrings, using harsh materials repeatedly will wear off the plating.
What About White Gold Hoop Earrings With Gemstones?
You can do the steps mentioned above for hoop earrings with durable stones (such as diamonds). For less durable gemstones like pearl and onyx, do not submerge the earrings in cleaning solution. You should instead dip the soft cloth in soapy water and use it to wipe your earrings gently.
In any case, avoid wearing off your jewellery's plating by taking care of them. Stay away from possibly exposing your earrings to harsh chemicals, most especially chlorine.
If you accidentally scratch your hoop earrings, take it to a jeweller to have it fixed and repolished. However, doing this repeatedly will eventually damage your pair permanently. But if worse comes to worst, just have your white gold hoops replated so you can have them looking brand new again.