Diamonds are among the hardest natural minerals on Earth, yet they require special care to keep them shining and looking their absolute best.
In fact, a diamond’s sparkle can be lost by the mere touch of a finger, which can cause dirt to collect on the surface. Here is how to clean your diamond the right way.
You’ll want to find a safe place to clean your diamond.
Be sure to cover the sink drain so that you can protect your jewellery from going down the drain. Also, use a rubber sink mat when possible to prevent jewellery from breaking or chipping if dropped.
HOW TO CLEAN:
Fill the sink or a small bowl with hot of water (as hot as you can stand) and put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from the heat. Next, add a small amount of mild dish-detergent such as Ivory or Sunlight.
After the ring has soaked in the water, move it to another dish filled with window cleaner. You will want to cover the ring entirely with the cleaner. Allow the ring to soak for an additional 10 minutes.
Using the soft brush, gently brush away dirt and build-up from the ring. Be careful not to scratch the metal setting with the bristles and pay careful attention to the back of the diamond as this is a prime area for build-up that reduces the sparkle of the diamond.
Next, Return the diamond to the detergent and water solution and swish around to remove any loose dirt. Then, rinse thoroughly under hot running water. Remember to keep the drain plugged or use the strainer at all times.
Allow the jewelry to air dry or dry with a lint-free cloth. Check the prongs for any movement and ensure all dirt has been removed.
Keeping your diamond clean is a good step in protecting your diamond. While a home method is perfectly acceptable, you should consider having your diamond cleaned periodically by a professionally trained jeweller.
Your jeweller can use one of two more thorough options for cleaning your diamond: a steam cleaner or an ultrasonic cleaner. An ultrasonic cleaner sends high-frequency sound waves through a liquid solution to remove the dirt and build-up, and a steam cleaner will use high-pressure steam to remove dirt and build-up.
If your diamond has a crack or “inclusion”, a sudden temperature change from placing it in the hot water could cause the stone to break. To avoid this, warm your diamond first in warm water.
Not all gemstones are as hard as diamonds, and some can easily be scratched with a toothbrush. Be sure to check the best method for cleaning your particular gemstone.
If you haven’t had your ring setting inspected, be aware that diamonds can work loose from their settings if the settings aren’t secure.
Fragile settings and older estate jewellery may not respond well to the scrubbing of a toothbrush, so use a soft touch.
Keep diamonds away from bleach as it damages the metal and can weaken the setting.
If ever in doubt, have a professional clean your diamond jewelry. Most jewelers will clean your jewellery and diamonds at no cost!!
Should you have any additional questions about this or any other jewellery related topics, you can always: “Ask the Jeweller”
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