Does salt water damage gold?


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Does salt water damage gold?
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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:25:11+00:00 1 Answer 2 views 0

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    Since the gold used to make jewelry is usually added with some other metals that can easily react with moisture and oxygen in the air to ensure the durability of gold. Therefore, wear and tarnishing of gold jewelry is inevitable over time. Unlike other cleaning agents, salt water should never be used to clean your gold jewelry. While pure gold will not react with chlorine, other metals added to gold such as silver, nickel and copper are very sensitive to chlorine. The main chemical component of salt is sodium chloride, so salt water can severely corrode soldered gold, silver and platinum elements, which can cause your precious metals to become weaker, thus making your gold jewelry prone to breakage!
    So please be careful to remove your gold jewelry before going to the beach or swimming to avoid contact with the salt water. If, unfortunately, your gold jewelry still accidentally comes into contact with salt water, please take prompt action to clean your jewelry. First, rinse your jewelry with clean water as soon as possible, then add a few drops of mild detergent to warm water (caustic detergents are likely to cause more damage to your jewelry), soak your jewelry in the water for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with water. Finally, dry with a lint-free cloth.

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