HOW TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR YOUR DIAMOND RINGS AND FINE JEWELLERY
Each Shimansky diamond is the perfect balance of fire, brilliance and scintillation. Over time, however, it will pick up oil from your skin and dirt, compromising its beautiful showroom lustre.
To keep your diamond rings and fine jewellery looking as bright as the day you got them, it’s recommended to have them cleaned by a jeweller regularly. But there are times in between professional cleanings that you may need to clean your jewellery yourself. If you do clean diamond jewellery at home it’s important to take special care of your one-of-a-kind diamond.
This article explains how to clean jewellery at home safely. You will discover the best way to clean a diamond ring, how to clean diamond earrings and what to use to clean jewellery to restore their original sparkle. This way your diamonds will always have that just-bought showroom sparkle.
DIAMOND CLEANING MYTHS
Before going into the details on how to clean diamond jewellery and what to clean jewellery with, let’s start by debunking some myths around this topic. When it comes to household items to clean jewellery, there are many products that can cause irreparable damage. Some of these include chlorine bleach, acetone and abrasive materials. Harsh chemicals like chlorine have the ability to break down some of the base metals used in alloy gold, which could cause discolouration.
Abrasives, on the other hand, could leave tiny scratches on the surface of a softer metal like gold. Therefore, you should never clean jewellery with baking soda, powdered cleaners or toothpaste. When you clean jewellery with toothpaste you may also have difficulty removing it in hard-to-reach places underneath gemstones and when it hardens, it becomes extremely hard to remove. So it’s best to avoid.
Acids, like lemon juice should also be avoided; and while denatured alcohol (also called methylated spirits) can be used to clean an oily build-up on diamonds, it should not be used on pearls, opals or emeralds.
You may wonder: “what do jewellers use to clean diamond rings?” Many jewellers use ultrasonic jewellery cleaning machines that work with high-frequency sound waves. These sound waves send intense vibrations through the cleaning solution that loosen encrusted dirt, producing a sparkling result. Although this method is very effective under an expert’s eye, it’s not advisable to use at home. Without the skilful eye of a professional diamond specialist who can check the integrity of the setting, ultrasonic jewellery cleaning machines may loosen or even dislodge diamonds in delicate settings like pavé settings or antique jewellery.
HOW TO CLEAN A DIAMOND RING
It may not always be possible to take your diamond jewellery to a jeweller to be cleaned professionally, in which case knowing how to clean your diamond ring at home might come in handy. If your jewellery has been dulled by common cosmetics like lotion, makeup or hairspray, for example, a simple at-home cleaning will do wonders to restore its sparkle.
Cleaning your diamond jewellery at home does not necessarily require special jewellery cleaner. The easiest and best way to clean jewellery yourself involves only a few basic household items:
- A mild dish detergent (preferably one with natural ingredients)
- A little warm (almost hot) water
- A new child’s toothbrush with very soft bristles
- A soft, clean microfiber cloth
Fill a bowl with warm water, add a few drops of gentle dish soap into the bowl and swish it around a bit. Soak your ring in the water for about 20 to 40 minutes, then gently brush the stone with the toothbrush, rinse under warm running water and pat dry with the microfiber cloth. Cleaning white gold diamond rings you should be extra careful, as excessive brushing on the metal might damage the Rhodium coating.
When you clean a diamond ring at home you may also use a natural body wash, as long as it does not contain a moisturising agent, as this will leave an oily film on the piece. Finally, remember to put in the sink’s plug. The last thing you want is to watch your diamond jewellery plummeting down the drain.
HOW TO CLEAN DIAMOND EARRINGS
There are few things more mesmerising than watching your diamond earrings dazzle and dance in the light after they’ve been cleaned. Cleaning diamond earrings is similar to cleaning diamond rings. Earrings, however, need to be cleaned more often, especially if you wear them every day. An ear piercing is highly sensitive and dirt and grime can be easily trapped in there, which could cause infections. Due to their location, earrings are also more exposed to cosmetics, hair products and sweat, which may require more than just a regular soap and water solution to get them hygienically clean and sparkling again.
There are many so-called expert tips and theories on how to clean diamond earrings. However, when undertaking this delicate task, it’s important to use the right products. To get your diamond earrings crystal-clear, you may use a mild solution of six parts water to one part ammonia with a soft bristle brush. Rinse them under warm water then gently dry the earrings with a lint-free cloth, taking special care not to get the fibres caught in the fine metal claws.
PROTECTING YOUR DIAMOND JEWELLERY
Caring for your diamond jewellery every day is just as important as cleaning it regularly and correctly. There are many day-to-day activities that could dull your jewellery’s lustre or even damage it. To keep your fine jewellery looking their best for years to come, consider the following diamond jewellery care tips:
- Put your jewellery on after you style your hair and put on makeup. Contact with skin lotions and powders can leave a residue on diamond jewellery that has a dulling effect on its shine.
- Don’t make a habit out of showering with your diamond ring and earrings. Hard water and soap scum often leave effects on diamond jewellery that are hard to remove, while shampoo and conditioner might contain harmful chemicals that could have a damaging effect on the metal over time.
- Always wear protective rubber gloves or take off your diamond ring when working with strong household chemicals. Bleach or chlorine could disintegrate the alloys in the jewellery over time.
- Take off your ring when doing hard work, like home repairs, gardening or moving furniture. A hard knock on a diamond ring could compromise the setting, scratch the metal or even chip the diamond.
Do you have a Shimansky piece that needs cleaning? You will be happy to know that Shimansky clients get a lifetime complimentary cleaning service on their jewellery. We invite you to bring your Shimansky jewellery for a professional cleaning and polishing at a Shimansky showroom near you. Our trained professionals will not only restore your jewellery’s showroom sparkle, but they will check the setting for any wear or damage and make sure your diamonds are secure.