The diamond on your engagement ring may sparkle and shine on the day he proposes, but it won’t stay that way if you don’t know how to take care of it. Unfortunately, no matter how beautiful and flawless your diamond may be, by virtue of it being a diamond, it is a literal magnet for dirt and grease. That’s why keeping your diamond sparkling clean really has to become a new part of your routine. You don’t necessarily need to do it on a daily basis, but you can if you want. In most cases, with the proper technique, you can clean diamond jewelry on a weekly basis and avoid the greasy, murky look of dirty diamond jewelry. Here’s how to do it properly.
Get A Proper Solution
Most jewelry stores sell jewelry cleaner in small jars that you can keep on your bathroom counter. The jar has a small tray for you to put your jewelry on and all you do is let it soak over night. Most have a small brush that you can use to clean diamond jewelry once it’s done soaking. From there all you need to do is rinse your jewelry and give it a few minutes to dry on your jewelry tray.
Get A Jewelry Tray
If you have jewelry pieces that you wear every day, then you need a jewelry tray. This is a designated place where you keep your jewelry at night when you’re not wearing it. Taking all of your rings off at night before you apply hand cream is an important step if you want to keep your diamonds from getting greasy. Sometimes the best way to clean diamond jewelry is to significantly reduce exposure to dirt and oil so that there’s less to clean in the first place. Having a jewelry tray is also important if you want to prevent your jewelry from falling down the drain of your bathroom sink.
There are also several DIY techniques you can employ to keep your jewelry clean. In an aluminum bowl, mix equal parts of baking soda, salt and dishwashing detergent with hot water. As before, leave your jewelry to soak and then gently scrub with a toothbrush. Be sure to rinse your jewelry very well, making sure to plug your sink drain beforehand.
Get Clean Diamond Jewelry The Professional Way
All the advice listed above is a perfectly great way to keep your diamond jewelry clean at home, but every six months or so you might want to have it cleaned professionally. It usually doesn’t cost much, if anything, but nothing can replace the sparkling effect of an ultrasonic soak and steam cleaning. The ultrasonic cleaner sends vibrating electrical currents through the cleaning solution to remove dirt and grime, and the hot steam removes any trace of water or cleaning solution.