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Gold Jewelery: An Ancient Tradition in India. How to Clean Gold at Home?

Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art, culture and traditions. As a writer, she wants to spread information about Indian culture.

Gold: An Ancient Tradition of India

My Grandmother's ear tops --now my proudest possession !

My Grandmother's ear tops --now my proudest possession !

Gold: An Age Old Tradition in India!

Gold, an age old tradition in India

Gold, an age old tradition in India

What is the significance of Gold Jewelery in India?

Importance Of Gold Jewelery In India:

In India, wearing Gold is a tradition, and not just a fashion. It is considered auspicious to give Gold, in jewelery form or other forms, to wife, daughters, daughter-in-law, mother, sister and other close ones.

Mothers and mother-in-law 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 jewelery, which has been passed on to her, from her mother, mother-in-law or even better-- grandparents.

I do possess jewelery, passed on from my grandmother, to my mother, who gave it to me, and I would give it to my daughter.

You may buy new ones, but the ancestral ornaments are the proudest possessions of the 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 it’s 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, perspiration or dirt,

3. Perfumes, which are used around the ornaments,

4. Any make up product, used around the ornaments.

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

— Jennie Kwon

Cleaning gold ornaments

Cleaning gold ornaments

Gold necklace for regular use

Gold necklace for regular use

Some Easy Methods to Clean the Gold jewelery at Home:

Here are some easy methods to follow, to get that shine back in your gold jewelery:

  • Take the jewellery in a bowl, with some soft soap and water solution or liquid soap and boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Take the jewellery out and rinse with clean water. Wipe with muslin cloth.
  • If the gold jewellery is studded with some precious stones, do not try this method.
  • Soak your gold jewellery 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 jewellery. Wipe with tissue paper or muslin cloth.
  • You can also clean your gold jewellery with a paste of baking soda. Apply for 5 minutes and rub with a muslin cloth.
  • Beer is also useful to get that shine back on your ornaments.

Cleaning Gold jewelery, 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.

Gold jewelry care, source: You tube

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

— Author unknown

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 jewelery.
  • Those metals can be Copper, Silver and others, and the ornaments made with them, can be of 22K, 18K, 14K or 10K.

Reference: Wikipedia

Pure Gold necklace

Pure Gold necklace

5 Easy Tips To Take Care of Gold Jewellery

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 jewellery in swimming pools:

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

4. Remove gold jewellery before workout:

It is very important to remove your gold jewelery 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 so much more, than mere words.

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

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

~~~Ann Demeulemeester

Latest Gold jewellery designs, source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you possess some jewels of your grandmother?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 03, 2016:

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!

Dianna Mendez on October 03, 2016:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2015:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2015:

Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and comments!

I am glad you liked it.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 23, 2015:

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!!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 21, 2015:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 24, 2014:

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!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on November 21, 2014:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 21, 2014:

Thank you georgescifo, for your kind visit and comments!

I hope your wife finds this hub useful. Thanks!

georgescifo from India on November 21, 2014:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 21, 2014:

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!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 20, 2014:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2014:

Thank you Humna Afzal, for your visit and comments!

Humna Afzal on October 29, 2014:

very useful tips thanks for sharing

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Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2013:

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!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 03, 2013:

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:)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 29, 2013:

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

I am glad you liked the hub.

Thanks and have a good day!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 28, 2013:

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!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2013:

Thanks rajan, for reading the hub and your appreciation!

Thanks again for voting up and sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 02, 2013:

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

Voted up, useful and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2013:

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!

Karen Robiscoe from California on June 20, 2013:

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. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 04, 2013:

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

I am glad you found the ideas useful.

Have a good day!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 03, 2013:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 07, 2013:

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

Have a good day!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 07, 2013:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2013:

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

Dil Vil from India on May 04, 2013:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2013:

Thanks Rati, for your visit and comments!

Nice name!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2013:

Thanks tillsontitan, for your kind visit and comments!

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2013:

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

Thanks for sharing!

Rati Hegde from Mumbai, India on April 22, 2013:

good one :)

Mary Craig from New York on April 22, 2013:

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.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on April 22, 2013:

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