Does chorine affect gold so that it becomes weak or brittle and
If your gold is 14K nickle white, the answer is a big YES. The
nickle is the issue. Check out the Hoover and Strong catalog for a
very good description of the problems. I have seen some severe
problems related to chlorine and white gold, the latest being a pair
of earrings I did for my daughter who decided that she was going to
start doing Women’s Triathlons.
She has been spending a lot of time in a pool doing laps for
training. The other day, after getting out of the pool, she felt
something on her neck, and found it was part of the ear nut for her
earring. Luckily , the stones and settings were still in place.
While the mountings them selves don’t look bad, I am going to
replace them because I know that prong failure is next.
I had a customer that decided to clean her ring by soaking it in
Clorox overnight. She had lost three stones between her house and
my store. You could pop off the prongs with your finger nail. She
had destroyed the ring. The only repair was to replace all of the
white gold mounts.
This is not an issue with palladium white or yellow gold, or
platinum. But chlorine and nickle white is quite a problem. It is
not just a pools and hot tubs issue, but household chemicals can be
a problem. Time, concentration, and heat are the variables.