What are the effects of this constant use of chemicals on your jewellery?
Effects on Yellow Gold
Hand sanitiser does not affect yellow Gold as much as some other metals. This is primarily because yellow Gold doesn’t have a film or layer that can tarnish or wear down over time. However it can still become dull over time due to frequent use of sanitiser.
Effects on Rose Gold
Rose Gold is created by mixing yellow Gold alloys with copper to create its rosy red tint. Hand sanitiser can react to the copper elements causing your jewellery to tarnish and lose its shine over time.
Effects on White Gold
White Gold is plated in rhodium, which adds a protective layer to the Gold. It’s normal for rhodium-plated jewellery to require re-plating over a period of time. However, hand sanitisers containing halogens could cause the plating to tarnish even faster.
Effects on Platinum
Platinum will never tarnish, as its surface is naturally white. It doesn’t react with chemicals found in hand sanitisers, making it safe to wear. However, we recommend you still avoid contact and regularly clean your jewellery to avoid any residue that will dull the shine.
Effects on Sterling Silver
Be cautious of alcohol-free hand sanitisers when wearing Sterling Silver jewellery. The chlorine-based chemicals contain harsh compounds that will tarnish and strip away at the Silver, diminishing its shine and lustre.
Effects on Diamonds
Hand sanitiser won’t damage diamonds, but it will leave a filmy residue on the stones dulling their sparkle and brilliance over time. Frequent hand washing will cause build-up between stones but it’s nothing a quick soak can’t fix.
Effects on Pearls & Opals
Pearls are soft and porous (absorbing water and liquid), and should not come into contact with sanitised skin until completely dry. We suggest waiting five minutes before wear. As with perfume and hairspray, the alcohol in sanitiser can change the surface of Pearls, creating a loss of lustre and change in colour. Just like Pearls, Opals are soft and porous and can easily be damaged by sanitiser. There will be visible cracks on the surface where the liquid dries out. We suggest waiting five minutes before wear.
Effects on Gemstones
Alcohol-based sanitisers could cause a filmy residue layer on the surface of gem stones, but this can easily be cleaned off with soapy water and an old toothbrush. Soap and alcohol-based sanitisers won’t affect your Garnets, Rubies, Aquamarine or Sapphires, but chlorine-based (alcohol-free) sanitisers will. Emeralds are slightly less hardwearing, so you should avoid using both soap and sanitiser when wearing them.