How to keep your diamonds clean and sparkling...

In the course of your daily activities, diamonds get smudged and soiled.

Lotions, soaps, and natural skin oils can cause a film and grime to build on diamonds and inhibit their brilliance.

Want to keep that brilliance and shine? Diamonds require cleaning so that maximum amounts of light can refract fiery brilliance.

Remember that all it takes is a few minutes and a little care to keep that diamond as sparkling as the day you first saw it.

Regular cleaning

Use a small, soft brush, such as an eyebrow or a lipstick brush, and soap and water to clean your diamond jewelry. Simply add a mild detergent to a bowl of warm water and place your diamonds in the sudsy mixture. Then brush the diamonds with the soft bristles of the brush while they are in the suds.

You will need to make certain that you rinse them clear of the suds after cleaning them. You can use a small kitchen strainer, such as a tea strainer, to contain them while rinsing under warm water. Use a lint-free cloth, or a jewelry polish cloth to pat them dry.

If your diamonds are in need of a stronger cleansing, you may want to soak them for 30 minutes in a solution of half and half water and ammonia. Once they have soaked for 30 minutes, remove them and gently brush the mountings with a small, soft brush. Then replace the pieces in the solution and swish them around in the mixture, rinse thoroughly in warm water, and pat dry.

Professional cleaning

If you find yourself too busy to mix soap or ammonia solutions, many department stores sell liquid jewelry cleaners. Most are kits, with everything you need included.

You need to read the labels to determine the one that is right for your diamonds and other jewelry. Read the complete directions and follow all the precautions.

Ultrasonic cleaning

If you find yourself more the “high-tech type”, even in your diamond cleaning routine, there are multiple ultrasonic cleaners on the market. These machines use high frequency to create a cleaning action. All machines are not the same, so please read the instructions before use.

Only you can choose the cleaning method that’s right for you. But it is essential to clean your jewelry to keep it brilliant and sparkling.

Also check out diamond storage tips and diamond wearing tips.

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