If you have ever bought or received a piece of diamond jewelry
as a gift, you can likely recall the original luster or sparkle. Diamonds are precious. For this reason, diamonds are commonly exchanged between two people who share strong feelings. Of course, diamonds can loose their luster over time. Ideally, we should remove diamond rings and bracelets while showering or cleaning. When jewelry is new, people are more incline to protect the shine. Once the newness wears off, the tendency to become more relaxed takes place. Regardless of age, diamond jewelry must be properly cared for.
There are many quick and easy ways to keep diamonds clean. You have the option of buying professional jewelry cleaning solution and allowing the diamond to soak. There is also the option of having the jewelry professionally cleaned by a jeweler. On the other hand, you may choose the least expensive approach, and clean diamond jewelry using a home concoction.
Unfortunately, many people do not properly care for their diamonds. This is often times hard to fathom, especially since diamonds are very expensive and treasured pieces. If you choose to clean your diamonds at home, consider the following steps to ensuring luster.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Dish Bowl
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Dishwater Detergent
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Old Toothbrush
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Soft Cloth
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Warm Water
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Windex (optional)
Step 1: Fill a small dish bowl with warm soapy water. Avoid harsh chemicals such as laundry detergent or bath gels. Dish washing detergent is gently and more appropriate.
Step 2: Remove diamond rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Place the jewelry is the soapy water. If this is the first cleaning, allowing the jewelry to soak for at least 30 minutes. Subsequent cleanings only require a soaking time of 10 minutes.
Step 3: Remove jewelry from water. Using a small toothbrush, gently scrub the diamond jewelry and metal (gold, silver, platinum).
Step 4: Rinse the diamond with hot water.
Step 5: If necessary, repeat steps 2 – 4.
Step 6: For extra shine, soak the diamond jewelry in Windex following each cleaning.
To maintain shine, diamond jewelry should be cleaned at least once a week. Of course, properly caring for diamonds involves more than routine cleaning. To protect the metal and diamond from surface scratches, keep the jewelry stored in a jewelry box, preferably a box with a soft surface. Moreover, examine prongs regularly. Due to snagging, the prongs securing the diamond can become weak. If left unfixed, the diamond could become loose and fall out.