A diamond is a gorgeous and mysterious stone that has mystified mankind for centuries. It is the most durable substance on Earth, an excellent thermal conductor, an effective electrical insulator, and the only thing that can scratch it is another diamond.
Unfortunately, with a single touch of someone’s finger, it can lose almost all of its luster and brilliance and look like a drab piece of glass. Not only do the oils in our fingers have the power to completely hide a diamond’s sheen, but diamonds are actually magnets to the very grease that renders them so regrettably lackluster. So now that you’ve got your hands on this gorgeously vulnerable stone, how do you keep it shining bright like, well, a diamond? Here are a few tips to help you keep your diamond sparkling.
1. Soak your diamond in cleaning solution at night.
Ideally, you should purchase a jar of jeweler’s cleaning solution. These are usually ammonia based, which is great for washing away all kinds of grease. You can also use an ammonia based window cleaner – just make sure to never use any kind of abrasive solution, like chlorine bleach or toothpaste. The diamond will be able to take it, but the metal setting that holds it could be damaged completely. This could have tragic consequences if you are cleaning a piece of estate jewelry.
2. Scrub your diamond with a soft brush
This is another reason why a jar of jeweler’s cleaning solution is ideal. These cleaning solutions usually come with a soft brush that is ideal for scrubbing your jewelry, without being too abrasive on the setting. You want to be especially vigilant about scrubbing the bottom of the diamond because this is the part that will be making the most contact with your skin. If you have a piece of estate jewelry you want to be especially careful while cleaning.
3. Polish your diamond with a soft, microfiber cloth.
After you have soaked and scrubbed your diamond jewelry, you want to be sure to rinse it and let it dry. Once it’s dry you can polish it with a soft, microfiber cloth. The important thing is that the fabric you use is lint-free so that it doesn’t leave anything sticking to the diamond.
So there you have it, the best way to keep your diamond sparkling without taking it to a jeweler.