Why did my gold clover charm crumble after I swam all day in the pool? It was 10k gold.?
- busterwasmycatLv 71 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.
- TomLv 71 year ago
Likely Gold plated ZINC----The chlorine simply ate up the understrata
- TorukoLv 61 year ago
If you can't believe your eyes please do not assume I can refurbish a dysfunctional brain.
- MikeLv 71 year ago
The chlorine reacted with the other metal in the gold (10k means it was not pure gold).
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- MurzyLv 71 year ago
It was plated and not solid gold.
- DixonLv 71 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.
- SatanLv 71 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
- shirtshertshurtLv 61 year ago
Chlorine. It has no effect on 24k gold, but dissolves lesser alloys. 10k included. Maybe it wasn’t a lucky clover.
- YYYZZ 2Lv 71 year ago
It was "supposedly" 10k gold. Did you have it certified?
- Anonymous1 year ago
Possibly wasn't gold at all.