Why did my gold clover charm crumble after I swam all day in the pool? It was 10k gold.?

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  • 1 year ago

    I am actually surprised that a 10k gold piece would be affected by the relatively weak chlorine contents of a swimming pool. This makes me suspect that the piece was about as shoddy an item as you could find out there in jewelry-land. I doubt its gold content or its bulk composition. I could, possibly, see some weld/solder joints being weakened, but the entire charm dissolving enough to crumble seems extremely unlikely.

    The gold itself will not dissolve in pool water. Secondary alloying metals such as nickel, zinc, or copper should not dissolve much in chlorinated pool water either. Acidic waters, perhaps.

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Likely Gold plated ZINC----The chlorine simply ate up the understrata

  • Toruko
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    If you can't believe your eyes please do not assume I can refurbish a dysfunctional brain.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    The chlorine reacted with the other metal in the gold (10k means it was not pure gold).

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    It was plated and not solid gold.

  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    10k is fairly low gold content and the other metal is most likely copper which does react with chlorine, tho I'm kind of surprised it actually crumbled.

  • Satan
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    I would suspect that the gold charm, is not actually gold, regardless of karat

    The metals that are added to 10k gold are not perishable. even in pool water

  • 1 year ago

    Chlorine. It has no effect on 24k gold, but dissolves lesser alloys. 10k included. Maybe it wasn’t a lucky clover.

  • 1 year ago

    It was "supposedly" 10k gold. Did you have it certified?

    Peace.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Possibly wasn't gold at all.

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