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Gold Jewelry ~An Ancient Tradition in India : How to Clean Gold Ornaments at Home!

Updated on April 29, 2017
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Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art,culture and traditions. As a writer she wants to spread information about India to the readers

Gold: An age old tradition of India!

My grandmother's ear tops: now my proudest possession!
My grandmother's ear tops: now my proudest possession! | Source

Gold: An Age Old Tradition in India!

Gold jewellery
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Clean your precious Gold Jewelry At Home!

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Importance Of Gold Jewelry In India:

  • In India wearing Gold is a tradition and not a fashion.
  • It is considered auspicious to give Gold to wife, daughters, daughter in law and other close ones.
  • Mothers and mother in laws give their blessings, along with some gold ornament.
  • Gold is passed on from one generation to the future generations.
  • A woman takes pride in showing off a jewelry , which has been passed on to her from her mother, mother in law or even better-- grandparents.
  • I do possess jewelry passed on from my grandmother to my mother, who gave it to me and I am going to give it to my daughter.
  • You may buy new ones but the ancestral ornaments are the proudest possessions of women in India.
  • Howsoever expensive this yellow metal may be, everyone tries to manage a piece or two, to gift to their loved ones.

How does Gold lose its shine!


Gold is a precious yellow metal. It otherwise maintains its shine and does not lose its bright colour in air or water.

But due to following reasons it might lose its natural shine-----

1. Regular use,

2. Dust or dirt,

3. Perfumes we use around the ornaments,

4. Any make up product around your ornaments.

" Jewellery has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique."

— Jennie Kwon
Cleaning of gold jewelry
Cleaning of gold jewelry | Source
Cleaning and polishing Gold jewelry at home
Cleaning and polishing Gold jewelry at home | Source

Some simple methods to clean your Gold jewelry at home itself:

Here are some simple methods to follow to get that shine back in your gold jewelry-----

1. Take the jewelry in a bowl, with some soft soap and water solution or liquid soap and boil for 5 to 10 minutes.

Take the jewelry out and rinse with clean water.

Wipe with muslin cloth.

Note: If the gold jewelry is studded with some precious stones, do not try this method.

2. Soak your gold jewelry , in warm water. Add liquid soap and a little soda water, which does not contain salt in it.

Leave for half an hour.

Take a soft toothbrush and clean and rinse the piece of jewelry .

Wipe with tissue paper or muslin cloth.

3. You can also clean your gold jewelpry with a paste of baking soda. Apply for 5 minutes and rub with a muslin cloth.

4. Beer is also useful to get that shine back on your ornaments.

Cleaning Gold jewelry , which have gem stones studded in them, requires a careful handling.

Do not soak them in water as they might lose their glue. Instead, clean with soft toothbrush and soap solution.

Wash and rinse and put them to dry, in such a way that the trapped water comes out.

" I have too much jewelry " said no woman ever!!!

— Author unknown

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Wearing Gold is considered auspicious in India.
Wearing Gold is considered auspicious in India. | Source

Interesting facts about Gold !

  • Gold is a chemical Element,
  • Melting point : 1064 degrees Celsius
  • Chemical symbol : Au
  • Atomic number: 79
  • In it's purest form it is a bright, yellow , Soft , malleable and ductile metal.
  • Chemically Gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element.
  • It is the least reactive metal and therefore is wearable as ornaments on skin,
  • Gold in it's purest form (24K) is usually alloyed with other base metals to form jewellery.
  • Those metals can be Copper , Silver and others and the jewellery can be of 22K, 18K, 14K or 10K.

Reference: Wikipedia

Easy Tips To Take Care Of Gold Jewelry

Gold expresses love, blessings, style and of course affluence.

Whether you have bought it yourself or someone else has gifted it to you, the gold ornaments must be taken care of properly.

To maintain its shine, periodical cleaning is required, which has been explained above. There are other precautions, which can maintain the shine and the brightness.

1. Store in individual boxes:

Always store in individual boxes meant for each piece. It will keep them scratch free. Keeping too many gold pieces together, might lead to constant rubbing and denting.

2. Avoid chlorine, acids and other chemicals:


While doing regular household jobs like cleaning, washing, dusting, it is wise to remove your gold jewellery. The water supplied at homes generally has chlorine in it, which spoils the shine of gold.

3. Remove jewelry in swimming pools:


Swimming pool water has lot of chlorine, so it is wise to remove your jewellery before going for swimming. You might even lose the expensive jewellery in water.

4. Remove gold jewelry before workout:


It is very important to remove your gold jewelry before starting your exercise session. The sweat will take off the shine from your precious possession.

5. Taking professional help:

There is always the option of going to a professional, if you see cracks or scratches or denting on your gold piece.

§§§ The Final word: §§§

Gold is a form of expression---the expression of your love and blessings to your close ones.

It can say much more than words.

Take care of your precious yellow metal, so that its shine and sparkle remains for a lifetime and preserve some of them for future generations.

© Chitrangada Sharan 22nd April, 2013

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Jewelry is something that has to do with emotion. That aspect of jewelry really interests me.

~~~Ann Demeulemeester

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and interesting tips here. Really appreciate the simple way of presentation. Thank you. Shared and votes up interesting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I am sure many will find this very useful. Owning a piece of gold jewelry should make one feel responsible for maintaining it's beauty and you've given some good yet simple tips to do that!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Rati Hegde 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      good one :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks deergha, for your visit, vote and support! I am glad you liked the presentation.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks tillsontitan, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you found it useful. Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Rati, for your visit and comments!

      Nice name!

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      I voted your hub UP... well written and it is very useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks My Cook Book, for reading this hub and comments! I am glad you found it useful. Thanks for voting up!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very useful hub on cleaning jewelry I sometimes exactly the same with soap solution and comes out very clean thanks for the tips

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for reading this hub and your comments! I also clean my jewelry the same way as you do.

      Have a good day!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I wear my gold wedding ring all the time, but like you said, I should at least remove it when cleaning. Thank you for the ideas for bringing back the luster at home. Taking it to the jeweler's is quite expensive. Your ideas will save me a lot of money.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for reading this hub and your kind comments!

      I am glad you found the ideas useful.

      Have a good day!

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      Karen Robiscoe 3 years ago from California

      Well, next time I spill a beer, I won't feel so bad! And who knew about boiling water? But it makes so much sense! And baking soda is a tried and true favorite.

      I always always support when I come by. Just to sum that part up. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much CharronsChatter, for your visit and support!

      I appreciate your comments. Glad that you found the tips useful.

      Have a good day! Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Chitrangada, thanks for sharing these useful tips to keep the gold jewellery shining and good.

      Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks rajan, for reading the hub and your appreciation!

      Thanks again for voting up and sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for these tips. It´s been a long time that I have not clean my jewelry. I´m sure this hub is useful to others, too. Have a great week!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Thelma Alberts, for visiting this hub and your positive comments!

      I am glad you liked the hub.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Chitrangada, another very informative article:) Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. My wife has an antique ring and I'm sure she'll find this information very useful. Great tips and information for cleaning your jewelry, well done:)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks thelyricwriter, for visiting and commenting!

      I am glad if this information is useful for your wife. Thanks for voting up, sharing and your kind support.

      Have a good day!

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      Humna Afzal 2 years ago

      very useful tips thanks for sharing

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Humna Afzal, for your visit and comments!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm so glad I found your hub on cleaning gold jewelry. I will be using your helpful tips. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I will pin this on my jewelry board and share with others. Thank you. Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey Hunt!

      You are so kind--thanks for voting up, sharing and pinning! Glad you liked this hub about Gold traditions in India.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      Thanks for the tips and hopefully this is something worth that I can share with my wife as she is always busy after getting her jewelry cleaned.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you georgescifo, for your kind visit and comments!

      I hope your wife finds this hub useful. Thanks!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a great hub and it also reminded me to clean my jewelry. I hope you and your are doing great and have a wonderful day.

      I will share with my Twitter friends.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Bobbi Purvis!

      I am glad you liked this hub about Gold traditions in India. Thanks for tweeting it and sorry for a late response.

      Wish you a very good day!

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      Nithya Venkat 20 months ago from Dubai

      This is very useful, thank you for sharing. Gold can get discolored if handled the wrong way.

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      Linda Bilyeu 20 months ago from Orlando, FL

      I love gold. The more the better, not that I am greedy. I normally soak my pieces in a mild liquid dish soap and use a soft toothbrush to wipe away dirt and grime. Excellent hub!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for reading and commenting!

      Yes you said it right, --the more the better! I do possess many pieces but still love to buy more.

      Appreciate you for your positive feedback. Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 months ago

      I love the way gold shines. Thanks for sharing how to care for fine jewelry. It will keep someone from ruining their precious keepsakes.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Dianna for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I am glad you found it useful. I appreciate your kind support .

      Have a good day!

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