It’s officially springtime, which means that you may be cleaning out your attic and your home and throwing away all the junk that is making your home a mess. However, if you own a special piece of diamond jewelry, you may want to take some steps to clean, update and maintain your diamond.
Indeed, diamonds may be the hardest substance known to man, but if you don’t take care of your diamond, you could be dealing with small scratches, chips, fogginess and other issues that won’t make your diamond shine the brightest. Here are five diamond cleaning tips.
1. Use a toothbrush to clean the oil and dirt off your diamond.
If your diamond is looking a little dirty and foggy, it needs to be soaked and scrubbed clean. You can clean a diamond by soaking it in a solution of 1 part ammonia and 3 parts warm water for 20 minutes. Afterwards, you will want to scrub the diamond with a toothbrush and thoroughly rinse it with warm water. You will be shocked by how much a little dirt and oil can dull your diamond’s sparkle.
2. Purchase a jar of specialized jewelry cleaner.
If you want to keep your diamond sparkling day after day, you can purchase a jar of jewelry cleaner from just about any local jeweler to keep your more precious pieces in while you are not wearing them. These cleaners are manufactured to work on both your diamond, as well as its gold or platinum setting. They also usually come with a small brush for scrubbing off the heavier detritus that you might find. Keep this jar of cleaner next to your bathroom sink so that you can remember to keep your jewelry soaking each night, and you’ll see how easy it is to keep them sparkling all day.
3. Use a polishing cloth.
Most jewelry retailers will also carry polishing cloth for sale to keep your gold and platinum settings from looking tarnished and dull. Over time, oil, dirt, and even oxygen will team up to give your gold or platinum setting a very dull sheen. To remove this sheen, you can simply rub the metal with a polishing cloth and the thin film of dirt and oil comes off immediately. The cloth will begin to look very dirty, but it will continue to polish just as effectively for a long time so long as you don’t wash it.
4. Take your diamond jewelry in to have it professionally repaired.
If your diamond jewelry is showing signs of damage, you may want to take it in to a jeweler to have it repaired. For instance, if the setting is damaged and the diamond is loose, you will want to take it in to have things tightened. Loose prongs don’t only increase the risk of your diamond falling out and getting lost; they also increase the risk of the diamond getting chipped if hit with great force at the wrong angle. A professional jeweler will also put your jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner and steam clean it for a shine that will last much longer than what you can expect from soaking, scrubbing and polishing at home.
5. Keep your jewelry box clean and organized.
One of the most common ways that diamond jewelry becomes scratched is by making contact with other diamond jewelry. Indeed, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. Your diamond jewelry can also do a lot of damage to many other pieces of jewelry in your collection. If you take off your diamond ring at the end of the day and it winds up in the junk drawer or on a counter, you are only increasing the risk for damage. Keeping an organized jewelry box will not only ensure that your jewelry stays safe, but it will also make it easier for you to find the best pieces to match your outfits each day.