The diamond is one of the most popular gemstones. Diamond jewelry is used for numerous occasions, from engagements and weddings to anniversaries and Valentine's Day. When maintained carefully, your diamond jewelry may last for the rest of your life. If your diamonds look dull or have lost their sparkle, it is time to give them a good clean.
Here are five cleaning tips that diamond jewelers may recommend for your beloved diamond accessories.
1) Gently scrub your jewelry
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild dishwashing liquid to gently scrub your diamond jewelry. This cleans dirt and oil buildup that can make diamonds look dull. Start with the softer stones in your jewelry, such as opal, then move on to the harder stones, like diamonds. When scrubbing around inlays or settings, be careful not to damage them.
2) Soak your jewelry
Soaking your diamond jewelry in a solution of warm water and dish soap will help break down any buildup and make it easier to clean with a brush. Be sure to rinse well afterward, as any remaining soap in the setting of your jewelry can cause damage. Soap can also affect the sparkle of your diamond and leave behind a waxy film, so make sure you have no lingering residue.
3) Polish with a soft cloth
Polishing your jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth can help restore its shine and sparkle. Be sure to use only one side of the cloth for each item of jewelry to avoid transferring dirt from one piece to another. Also, make sure you have a dedicated cleaning cloth for your diamond jewelry. The same cloth should never be used for different types of jewelry, as this could cause scratching.
4) Ultrasonic cleaning
Ultrasonic cleaning is a great way to remove dirt and grime from your diamond jewelry without any scrubbing or polishing. This process uses sound waves to clean the diamonds and can help restore their sparkle in just a few minutes. Ask your diamond jewelers if they can recommend an ultrasonic cleaning service, or you can purchase your own machine.
5) Professional cleaning
If all else fails, take your diamond jewelry to a professional for a thorough cleaning and polishing. Professional gemologists know exactly how to clean each type of gemstone and will also inspect your jewelry for any damage. They can also give advice on how to best care for your diamonds and help make sure they stay beautiful for years to come.
Reach out to a jeweler to learn more about caring for your diamond jewelry.