Thinking of studying how to clean a diamond ring at home? Diamonds are among the rarest gemstones around, and what you have in your jewelry organizer is not just a beautiful gemstone, but a worthy investment that will stand the test of time. Let us discover how to maintain the cleanliness and sparkle of your diamond in today’s diamond blog.
For General Cleaning (All Metal Types)
The simplest way to clean diamond jewelry regardless of the metal (which includes platinum and white gold) is with some warm water and a little dish soap. You can also use hand soap if you don’t like dish soap.
To create this diamond-worthy solution, get some warm water, and add a few drops of soap. Stir and allow the solution to stand for a few seconds. You know the answer is ready if you see bubbling at the surface.
Dunk the diamond jewelry in the solution. Grab a soft-bristled toothbrush and use this to clean the surface of the stone and the surrounding metal. You will notice a lot of gunk forming around the metal setting that holds the diamond to the metal.
Brush gently, because we don’t want to scratch the metal, and the excess force is unnecessary. Soak the diamond again and let the solution deep-clean the jewelry still. Feel free to rinse your jewelry and air-dry it after about five to ten minutes before putting it back into your jewelry organizer.
Gentle or Non-Abrasive Jewelry Cleaning Solution
Jewelry cleaners come in all makes and sizes. Some of them are loaded with abrasive chemicals that you should never use on genuine jewelry. Do your research and select one that has no additional chemicals added and is non-abrasive.
This is a must if you want your metals to survive the cleaning process. The same goes for cleaning other kinds of minerals (such as those for costume jewelry). Abrasive substances or chemicals do not have any place in a cleaning solution for gemstones and precious metals.
Abrasive chemicals can discolor diamond jewelry and weaken the fragile joints of expensive pieces. On the other hand, gentle jewelry cleaners (usually the ones that are used in ultrasonic cleaners) are a joy to work with because they get the job done fast. The added benefit of using jewelry cleaners is they often have a polishing component that naturally makes metal shiny again. This effect isn’t something that we can easily replicate with soap and warm water, unfortunately.
Cleaning Gold and Silver Diamond Settings
This is a super fast and super simple to get rid of built-up grime that doesn’t quickly go away with soap, water, and an old toothbrush. You will need a bowl, half a cup of Windex, and half a cup of pure hydrogen peroxide. Combine these two chemicals, stir them together in a bowl, and soak your jewelry in the solution for ten to fifteen minutes.
After a quarter of an hour, much of the dirt will have already loosened, and you cause to use a small brush to remove the remaining grime. Silver, in particular, will benefit from the hydrogen peroxide in the solution.
Remember always to scrub lightly, because metals, despite their hardiness, can still be scratched with sufficient effort. The metal is not going to be weakened, but there will be visible scratches on the surface.
The Silver Solution
Are you having trouble with your silver diamond settings? Silver is tricky to clean because it sometimes doesn’t age well, and it tends to look older than other metals used for jewelry. Never fear, we have the solution right here. For the Silver Solution, you will need a small bowl, some baking soda, and half a cup of any vinegar.
If you don’t like racking your brains, pick either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Fill one US cup to the midway point and add two tablespoons of baking soda. There is going to be plenty of bubbling, but don’t mind mixing the two to create an excellent cleaning solution. Pour the bubbly mixture into the bowl and drop your jewelry in there.
Keep in mind that you need to mix the vinegar and the baking soda entirely before using the resulting solution to clean your jewelry. This cleaning method requires us to soak our jewelry for three hours.
After soaking, rinse the jewelry thoroughly, wipe them down with a paper towel, and then air-dry for good measure. After air-drying, feel free to return your newly cleaned and gleaming silver diamond jewelry to their jewelry box/organizer.
The Tarnish Remover
Like we said before, silver has a lot of common problems. Luckily, we also have a host of solutions for reviving dull silver jewelry.
If tarnishing is the problem, you need to get some tomato ketchup and pour enough in a bowl to cover the problematic silver jewelry. Place the jewel in the ketchup and leave them there for five to ten minutes. After soaking, use a soft toothbrush to do away with grime and tarnishing. Rinse everything off and dry. Perfect!
The Solid Gold Solution
Solid gold jewelry can be cleaned with something other than warm water and dish soap. Gold is particularly troublesome when it is beginning to lose its luster, but we have a solution that might bring back some of the sparkle and luster of your solid gold jewelry.
For this method, you will need a cleaning cloth (non-abrasive) and a small quantity of beer. Soak the fabric at one point and use your fingers to rub this all over the substantial gold areas. Do not wipe the diamond itself. Just work on the metal until some of the lusters comes back. That’s a great looking solid gold ring you got there!
You can maintain most metals used for diamonds by using common cleaning ingredients like dish soap, vinegar, and baking soda. The easiest way to take care of genuine jewelry is to avoid contacts with different chemicals like perfumes, colognes, and lotions.