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Vinegar, how do you use it to find out if a jewel is gold?

Vinegar, how do you use it to find out if a jewel is gold?

Gold jewelry represents a lasting investment and a symbol of luxury for many people. However, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish real gold.

Because of this limitation, there are a series of tricks that help determine the authenticity of the mineral. One is made with vinegar, a liquid used in classic cooking, but which has multiple benefits.

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish real gold. | picture: Getty Images
White vinegar is usually obtained by fermenting ethyl alcohol, although in some cases it is usually a distillate of other wine vinegars.
White vinegar is usually obtained by fermenting ethyl alcohol, although in some cases it is usually a distillate of other wine vinegars. | picture: Getty Images/iStockPhoto

Another use for vinegar

Vinegar is one of the best cleaning and disinfecting ingredients in the kitchen, because it contains between 4 and 7% acetic acid and a pH of 2.9, which makes it a hostile environment for the development of bacteria and other microorganisms.

This means that when bacteria come into contact with acid, they do not survive, which is why it is mainly used as a natural disinfectant. Despite its virtues, it is not an item that should be used lightly, because there are some surfaces on which it should not be used, as it may damage them.

One case where it is worth using is specifically for wooden furniture, because in addition to leaving it clean, it also leaves it shiny.

According to the Gastrolab portal, what must be taken into consideration is not to apply vinegar directly to a wooden surface, because it may leave water marks and the acid may damage the paint.

The trick to properly applying vinegar to wood furniture is to dissolve it in the right amount of water. Although there are people who do not recommend using this mixture on painted furniture, what you can do is test it in an inconspicuous place to see what might happen.

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Common mistakes when cleaning gold

Use of abrasive chemicals: Unnecessary risk to your precious gold

Jewelry and precious metals experts caution against using products that contain ammonia, chlorine, or other strong acids. These chemicals can corrode the gold's surface, causing scratches and loss of luster. Instead of choosing harsh chemical solutions, it is preferable to use gentler and safer methods.

There are some products that can cause scratches on gold items.
There are some products that can cause scratches on gold items. | picture: Getty Images

Instead of harsh chemicals, use milder solutions. An effective and safe method is to mix warm water with a few drops of mild detergent and immerse the gold in the mixture. Then use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the dirtiest areas. This method removes dirt and oils without damaging the jewelry.

Ignoring the manufacturer's instructions: a mistake that could cost you dearly

Another common mistake is ignoring the manufacturer's instructions on how to clean a particular piece of gold. Each piece of jewelry or gold items may have unique care requirements, depending on its design and materials used. Failure to follow these recommendations may result in irreparable damage and loss of warranty.

It is important to review the manufacturer's instructions before proceeding with the cleaning process. Some jewelry may require special methods or professional advice to avoid damage. Ignoring these instructions may result in unnecessary costs to repair damage caused by mishandling.

Before cleaning your gold, take time to research the manufacturer's specifications and recommendations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the manufacturer or a professional jeweler for personal advice. This simple step can save you the hassle and ensure your gold stays in top condition.

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