Diamond Jewelry Maintenance

Cleaning

Here are some popular cleaning methods that you can adopt regularly to clean your diamonds. Also listed are some dos and don’ts that you should be aware of.

Washing with detergent

Using a mild detergent and warm water, make a soapy solution. Leave your ring in this solution for a few minutes. Then with a soft brush, clean the diamond, areas such as the tips, and other parts of the metal band where there is a potential for dust build-up. Rinse the diamond jewelry in warm water. Finally, pat it dry with a lint-free cloth. A polishing cloth can also be used to polish your diamond jewelry. A wooden toothpick can also be used to gently push dirt out of hard-to-reach areas.

Ammonia wash

A 1: 1 ratio of household ammonia and water can also be used to clean diamonds. Mix equal parts ammonia and water and soak your diamond jewelry in it for about twenty minutes. Use a soft brush to remove dirt and rinse again with the solution. Air dry the diamond by laying it on absorbent tissue paper. However, fracture-filled diamonds should not be cleaned using this method. Also, if the jewelry piece has other gemstones, consult an expert before using the ammonia wash.
Ultrasonic cleaning

Ultrasonic cleaners available at jewelry stores are also useful for cleaning diamonds. Here, in the first step, the cleaner uses vibrating high-frequency waves to create many microscopic cleaning bubbles. These bubbles loosen dirt in the cracks and crevices of the ring, including the tips. In the second step, a high-pressure vaporizer ejects the particles. However, if your diamond jewelry also includes other gemstones such as emeralds and rubies, it would be best to first follow the advice of a gemologist before ultrasonic cleaning. Additionally, the GIA does not recommend the use of ultrasonic or steam cleaners to clean diamonds.

Over-the-counter cleaners

Many cleaners are also available in stores. Your diamond dealer may have also provided you with a cleaner such as Mr. Clean, an all-purpose cleaner. Follow the instructions carefully while using such products on your diamond. Avoid using cleaners that contain acid, as this can affect the surface of the gemstone. Also, if you purchased the solution from a store that does not sell diamonds, consult your gemologist before using it. Avoid abrasive cleaners while cleaning your diamond. Toothpaste should not be used for cleaning either, as it usually has baking soda or other ingredients that can cause scratches.

Regular cleaning of diamonds ensures that they shine for a long time. You can clean them once a month or even once a week, depending on your use buy diamond jewelry. Gemisimo recommends that as soon as you notice a build-up of film, caused by soap or oil, you clean your ring at home. Professional cleaning can be opted for once a year so the ring can be re-polished and the ring prongs will also be checked and tightened by the jeweler.

Jewelry Care

A little care goes a long way in keeping your diamond bright and sparkling as ever.

Remove the ring before entering the pool, as chlorine can discolor it over a long period of time.
Avoid using harsh chemicals when wearing the ring.
Take your diamond to the jeweler once a year to have it checked for loose ends or other settings that need to be restored.

If you feel the settings have come loose, carefully wrap the jewelry in tissue paper and take it to the jeweler immediately. Let them repair the jewelry while you watch.
Do not wear your diamond ring with other rings on the same finger, as it can chip when it comes in contact with other rings.
Touch it to its edges and not to the stone as it can stain.