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A Guide To Diamond Jewellery Care

Do you know you how important it is to keep your diamonds clean in order for them to maintain their sparkle? If you’ve been wearing your jewellery for a long period of time and are starting to wonder why it suddenly looks dull and lifeless, it's probably because your stone is dirty. The dirt usually comes from everyday activities and oil residues from contact with your fingers and skin. It all builds up, damaging your diamond, therefore, affecting its ability to transmit light properly.

There are a number of simple ways you can keep your diamonds and jewellery clean and shiny at home. Follow our step by step methods and start taking good care of all your jewellery.

Diamond care

Step 1: Soak your diamond in lukewarm water containing washing up liquid. Make sure you have mixed the water and liquid together so that it’s slightly soapy.

Step 2: Leave your diamond in the soapy water for approximately ten minutes. This gives enough time for any built up grime to break down allowing for easy removal of dirt.

Step 3: Fill up another cup with some glass cleaner. But only use ammonia-based glass cleaner because chlorine-based cleaner would chemically react with your diamond or any metal surrounding it.

Step 4: Now you have soaked your diamond for up to ten minutes, remove it and place it in the second cup with the glass cleaner.

Steps three and four are completely optional but are highly recommended for those diamonds that are really dirty.

Step 5: Remove the jewellery and start cleaning with a soft bristle brush, like a toothbrush. Clean all the sides of the diamond very gently. The dirt will have build up on the edges and the back so give those areas an extra scrub.

Step 6: Once you are satisfied with your brushing, place the diamond jewellery back into the solution of water and washing up liquid and then continue to brush it so that the dirt becomes looser and washes off in the water.

Step 7: You should now use clean running water and rinse your jewellery. If you are going to rinse it in your sink basin then remember to put the plug in the drain!

Step 8: Once rinsed, dry your jewellery with a lint-free cloth. You could also use a hairdryer if necessary.

Do not allow your jewellery to dry itself as it can leave water stains on the diamond.

How to clean a diamond tennis bracelet

With different jewellery comes different cleaning methods. If you own a diamond tennis bracelet you will want to fully enjoy how much it sparkles on your wrist so it is important to keep it clean from any dirt and oil that it might come into contact with.

Here’s our tips on how to clean a diamond tennis bracelet.

Mix washing up liquid with warm water into a small blow. You only need about an inch of water to cover your bracelet and just enough washing up liquid to make some bubbles. You should allow the bracelet to soak for about 15 minutes.

Then use a soft toothbrush to scrub the diamonds over the bowl of water. Get between the diamonds but be careful around the prongs. You should then rinse the bracelet in warm water over a mesh strainer, this way it allows you to catch any diamonds that may come

loose and fall out during your cleaning process. Pat your bracelet with a lint-free cloth but be careful not to get any of the fabric on the prongs.

Pour your soapy water through the strainer and look out for any diamonds that could have fallen out. This method doesn’t cause them to become loose but if they were already loose without you realising then, cleaning them could cause them to come out so be careful.

Tip: Do not wear your bracelet while cleaning, showering, putting on lotion, or gardening because it will increase the residue that builds up on your bracelet.

 

Jewellery care

All pieces of jewellery will need to be taken proper care of. While certain pieces might need select care, most can be looked after following these basic tips.

Chemicals - Exposure to household cleaning products, like bleach, can damage metals and gemstones. Even hairspray and perfumes can affect the metal and make gemstones appear dull. Store your jewellery in a jewellery box or dark pouch to avoid this from happening.

Sunlight - Heat and light can damage certain gemstones. Too much sunlight can fade amethyst and topaz. A pear can peel and change colour if it comes into contact with too much sun. Other gems such as opal can darken when exposed to too much light.

Treated gemstones - These days most gemstones have been treated therefore will need special care. All these treatments should be disclosed when you buy your jewellery. Treated gemstones could be affected quite badly by the heat, steam or certain solvents. Follow the instructions given to you by your jeweller for the best ways to keep your jewellery sparkling.

Ultrasonic cleaners - Now, while ultrasonic cleaners are great for cleaning certain metals, they should not be used for the following:

  • Pears, coral or ivory.
  • Any gemstone that has been coated. A good example of this would be Mystic Fire Topaz that has been finished with an azotic coating.
  • Heat treated gemstones
  • Gemstones that are likely to be harmed by heat such as, iolite, opal or tanzanite.

How to clean diamond earrings

Diamond earrings can also become dull and dirty because of frequent wear. The oil is picked up from your hair and skin which then causes the metal to become worn and the stones can sometimes come loose.

1. Buy yourself a jewellery cleaning kit. These kits contain a special solution that is designed for cleaning earrings, so you know that it won’t harm your jewellery.

Pour a small amount of the solution into a bowl, soak your earrings in the solution overnight. Rinse the earrings with warm water in the morning, dry and polish with a lint-free cloth.

2. Get yourself the right brush and cloth. You need a brush that has soft bristles. This is important because if your brush is too hard it will damage your jewellery.

Buy yourself a soft toothbrush; a child's toothbrush is probably the best type as the bristles are really soft.

Use a microfibre cloth/hand towel to dry your earrings with.

3. Do all this on a flat surface. If you clean your earrings near the sink the chances of you losing one down the drain is pretty high. So choose any flat surface that is not near a sink.

If you don't have a jewellery cleaning kit or can’t find one, there are many home products you may already have in your cupboards that will restore the shine to your diamond earrings.

Mix together one cup of lukewarm water with one teaspoon of dish soap. Stir it together until you can see bubbles. Make sure your washing up liquid is perfume or dye free because it could harm your earrings. Soak them for about three to four minutes.

Take your soft toothbrush and in the wet mixture gently brush your earrings for another one to two minutes. You should then remove your earrings and then place them on a paper towel. Get yourself a bowl of clear water and rinse the earrings off.

Another great home cleaning product is Windex. Spray this on a toothbrush and then gently brush the diamonds. Rinse them with water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

The key to cleaning diamond earrings is to be soft and gentle.

Now you know all the best top tips, start cleaning your jewellery and watch it sparkle like the day you bought it.