Diamond Jewelry is not only valuable, it is often held as a treasured keepsake imbued with sentimental meaning. Over time that ring, bracelet, or necklace that you hold so dear will lose that radiant shimmer without proper care. Regular cleaning and careful handling will keep your diamond jewelry in gleaming condition.
One thing to keep in mind is that the simple act of handling your jewelry can cause dirt and oils from your fingers to deposit on the surface of your gems. These dirt deposits will greatly diminish the brilliant sparkle of your stone. Also, be aware of daily rituals that can contribute to a diamond’s lackluster appearance. The powders, makeup, hairspray, and perfume that you apply daily can end up encrusted on your stone. And if you enjoy cooking, it’s best to remove your jewelry before preparing those gourmet meatballs you love so well.
Even with careful handling of your jewelry, dirt and grime can still find their way into the nooks and crannies of your favorite adornment, so it is important to clean your jewelry regularly. While diamonds are known to be among the hardest substances on the planet, you still need to use a gentle cleaning solution to avoid damaging the settings or metal.
One of the easiest and safest ways to keep your jewelry clean is to place a few drops of mild dish detergent in warm water and allow your jewelry to soak for 10-20 minutes. Once you remove your jewelry from the solution, use a soft brush to gently scrub those hard to reach places. Household cleaners, especially those with bleach, chlorine, or acetone can damage the setting and the metal. Never use household cleaners with chlorine and abrasives to clean your jewelry.
Household ultrasonic cleaners can remove heavily encrusted dirt, but proceed with caution. An ultrasonic cleaner uses vibrations to loosen dirt. These vibrations can also cause your stone to dislodge. It is always best to check with a jewelry expert to make sure your jewelry is in tip-top shape before using an ultra-sonic cleaner.
It’s always a good idea to visit an expert in jewelry at least once a year to have your jewelry cleaned. Besides cleaning your precious keepsake, a Jeweler can check the settings and make certain your stones haven’t become loose, avoiding a potentially heartbreaking loss. A yearly visit combined with establishing a weekly cleaning ritual will keep your stones vibrant and beautiful.
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