How to Restore Gold Tone to Jewelry

By Mitchell Holt

Gold jewelry takes a beating, especially wedding rings and charms that are constantly worn. But the good news is that while a piece of gold jewelry might lose its shine, you can restore its luster in just a few simple steps. It just takes some patience, care and precision. The job can be done effectively with a few household items.

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Step 1

Drop the fizzing tablet (non-flavored Alka-Seltzer) into a glass of cold water and let the tablet disperse and carbonate the water.

Step 2

Drop the gold jewelry into the cup of now-carbonated water. Let the jewelry soak for two minutes, then remove immediately.

Step 3

Scrub the still-wet piece of jewelry with the toothbrush to remove any surface residue loosened by the seltzer water.

Step 4

Fill the soaking dish with warm, soapy water, according to Color Spark, a Virginia-based handmade jewelry company. Drop the gold jewelry into the warm water and let soak for about five minutes.

Step 5

Scrub the piece with the toothbrush once more to remove any remaining gunk, and then dry off with a dry rag, according to ColorSpark.com.

Step 6

Polish the piece with a clean, lint-free cloth. Your luster should be back after a few swooshes of the cloth.