Does toothpaste clean jewellery?
Toothpaste is one of those things that people say can clean everything! Whilst it’s good for your teeth, please avoid using on jewellery. It can permanently damage gemstones and gold due to its abrasiveness.
Does vinegar clean jewellery?
Yes! White vinegar is great for cleaning gold, platinum and gemstones. With the same method to using Gin or Vodka to clean your jewellery (see above) drop your jewellery into a glass of vinegar for 20 minutes, agitating occasionally, before setting it out to dry.
Does white gold jewellery need re-rhodium plating?
Almost all white gold jewellery is rhodium plated. Rhodium is a metal with a very nice shine but it’s very brittle (which is why we don’t make jewellery with it). Conversely, white gold is good for making jewellery but its colour is not as crisp, it’s more an off-white. This is because white gold is made from yellow gold alloyed with white metals to create a lighter colour. To make white gold crisp, we rhodium plate it.
This is the perfect solution. However rhodium plating wears over time. White gold jewellery that’s regularly worn may need re-rhodium plating every 18-months to 2 years. You’ll know when your white gold jewellery needs rhodium re-plating as it will have a darker, tarnished hue. This is usually most apparent where the jewellery has received the most friction.
If you want a white metal piece of jewellery but don’t want to have to keep rhodium plating it, it’s best to purchase a platinum ring.