Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How to clean your diamond jewelry.

People ask us all the time: "How should I keep my diamond jewelry clean?"

Our answer is pretty simple most of the time - use warm/hot dish soapy water. Seriously. Diamonds attract grease/oil - when it builds up on the bottom side of your diamonds, then they no longer sparkle for you. Hand lotion, hair care products and other "stuff" can find its way to your diamond and leave it dull and lifeless. If you put your ring in some hot dishsoapy water and let it soak for a few minutes and then go over it with a soft toothbrush and rinse it well, you will be amazed.

What about vinegar? The acid in vinegar will clean your diamonds and will not harm them, but that same acid is not good for your gold - especially the soldered parts.

How about toothpaste? Again - the abrasiveness will not harm a diamond, but rubbing ANY abrasive on your gold is not a good idea.

Over the counter jewelry cleaners? Some of them are good, some are not. (some are just very expensive dishsoap and water in a jar!!) Yesterday I had a lady come in with this diamond pendant - she thought one or more diamonds had fallen out because there wasn't much sparkle going on. She had been using an over the counter jewelry cleaner (and could not recall the brand name) and these pictures show the results. The "cleaner" created a build up of crud that made it impossible for light to react with the diamonds:
Top picture shows the "cleaner" built up around the diamonds.
The bottom picture is the bottom of her pendant.

Like I said earlier, if you want to clean your diamond ring - just use some warm, dishsoapy water with a soft toothbrush! Or stop in if you are in the neighborhood and we will be happy to put your diamond jewelry in our heated ultra-sonic and spritz it with the steamer to make it all sparkly again.

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