Diamonds are a luxury, and more often than not, they are prized possessions. However, to sustain the significant value of the diamond itself, it is important to take care of them. Diamond rings are prone to get clouded with everyday dirt, skin oils, lotions etcetera and therefore it is critical to take care of your engagement ring so that it can maintain its natural beauty and shine.
Here are a few simple tips you can use to preserve your diamond ring’s quality, keeping it forever sparkling as if it were brand new. Although it is highly recommended to have your jewellery professionally cleaned, your diamond can easily be maintained and kept in pristine condition daily at home using the following simple tips:
Detergent is an excellent cleaner to use as a diamond cleaner. For this method to be effective, it is encouraged that the detergent is utilized in conjunction with boiling water. The procedure consists of adding a small amount of detergent to hot water. The solution created by mixing the detergent and water will penetrate and loosen all the grime, dirt and dust built on the crevices of the ring, thoroughly cleaning the ring and not just the diamond alone. On most occasions, any type of dishwashing detergent that you use inside of your kitchen is good enough to work when it comes to cleaning your diamond ring. It is highly recommended that anything other than dishwashing detergent is not used as certain chemicals from things such as soap, may interfere with the ring. Soaps can contain moisturizers that must be avoided as they can pose as an abrasive threat to the quality of the diamond.
As mentioned above, boiling water is key in regard to the cleaning of your diamond. This is one of the best ways that you are going to be able to make sure that your diamonds are left clean and shining as bright as ever. This is because the hot water is going to help to break down any of the soap or hand cream that could be built upon the jewellery. Ideally, you want to make sure that the water is either just off boiling or a temperature that is a bit hotter than lukewarm but the water ideally, should not be at boiling as this is going to melt or damage certain components/parts of your diamond ring rather than cleaning them. This is because other gems like opals, pearls or emeralds are not able to handle hotter temperatures as well as diamonds can.
Another way of ensuring the cleanliness of your diamond ring is to employ an old toothbrush. A toothbrush acts as a great tool that can be used with precision for cleaning around the diamonds, this enables you to reach the tricky areas of the diamond ring and effectively clean the whole ring instead of simply paying attention to the diamond itself. When using the toothbrush on the diamond ring, it is recommended that the toothbrush is put to work in a dabbing motion rather than scrubbing the ring. This type of motion is going to help the bristles to get underneath the diamond and also brush off any remaining dirt or grime remaining on the ring after soaking the ring in the detergent and water solution.
This next tip is to make sure that you do not use any hand cream when you have your diamond rings on. This is one of the best ways that you are going to be able to keep your diamonds looking as good as you want them to for a long period. This is vital as hand cream or any cream for that matter creates a cloudy sort of look and the quality of the diamond all together will be compromised as moisturizers create a film-like effect on the actual diamond which will blemish the diamonds ability to shine.
There is a common misconception suggesting baking soda is a great way to clean your diamond ring, however, this is certainly not the case. It is imperative that you steer clear of drawing upon baking soda to clean your diamond ring as this leads to scratches on the metal parts of your ring.
One final tip is to avoid using household cleaners that may have Ammonia in them. This is because the chemicals inside of these cleaners are proven to be harmful to metals like gold. Not only is ammonia bad for the ring but it can also harm your skin when it makes contact. This also relates to some of the other cleaning acids that you might choose to clean your ring with.
Need help cleaning your jewellery?
Cleaning your jewellery can be stressful as you may not want to cause any accidental damage, or you just might not be getting the results you would like. Our team of diamond jewellery merchants at The Diamond Guys can help you with all things diamond. Contact us to book an appointment and have your own glistening experience.