Your sparkling new diamond jewellery will, unfortunately, attract dirt, dust, and other artefacts over time; however, with a little tender love and care, you can continue to have it look as good as new. We, at Sunshine Diamond, have compiled this helpful guide for you to take care of your purchase and enjoy it for the time to come.
Over time, diamonds lose their lustre due to dirt, flakes of soap, and other minute impediments. The good news is, that you can follow these simple tips to clean the diamond jewellery and recapture its luminance:
Soap is for you, not for diamonds
Do not wear your diamond jewellery in the shower or bath. Soap is very likely to form a layer and attract more dirt, causing the diamond to lose its gleam over time. We recommend your keep your diamond jewellery in a bowl of clean warm water, while you enjoy your bath.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm water to clean your diamond
All you need to do is gently scrub off any dirt and grime accumulated between the prongs and on the stone itself. Warm water and a soft-bristled toothbrush will suffice. You can wipe it down with a soft, and clean cloth and your jewellery will look anew.
Sprays, creams, and perfumes can tarnish your prized item
It is prudent to remove your diamond jewellery before applying creams, moisturisers, hairsprays, perfumes and such other items or wear gloves. There is a good chance that the creams and sprays will get behind the diamond or between the prongs causing a tarnish to the clasps, and bands holding the diamond in place.
Be cautious with ultrasonic cleaners
Ultrasonic cleaners do a decent job at removing dirt and grime; however, there are chances of the diamond loosening from their clasps due to the vibrating fluid. This can also cause the diamond to fall off.
Gold jewellery is generally worn throughout the day, so it is naturally more prone to nicks and scrapes. To keep your jewellery safe, and clean, and make it last much longer, we suggest you follow the below pointers:
Swimming pools, saunas, and hot springs can damage the metal
Chlorine, sulphur and other elements can discolour the gold and even damage the metal if they come in regular contact with the metal. If you are a regular visitor to either swimming pools, hot springs, hot tubs or saunas, it is wise to leave your jewellery in a safe place, like the locker or at your residence. Emphasis is on regular exposure to the elements, so do not worry if you forget to remove your gold jeweller on that rare occasion.
It is called toothpaste, not gold-paste
Toothpaste is an abrasive substance designed to clean the hard enamel of your teeth. Gold, on the other hand, is a rather soft and gentle element. While many people might believe that it is a recommended solution, it can cause great harm if used regularly. It might cause unnecessary scratches or dents making your jewellery look much older.
Harsh cleaning products
Bleaching agents and other cleaning products can cause discolouration and damage to your gold or diamond rings. It is sensible to wear gloves or to remove your jewellery when performing cleaning tasks. You are advised to wear your jewellery only after you finish cleaning and washing your hands thoroughly with soap or disinfectant liquid hand wash.
How do you clean a ring?
Use a tiny bit of washing liquid mixed in warm water to make an effective soaking solution for your gold jewellery. Soak the ring for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the prongs and the inside of the ring if there is visible buildup. Wipe the ring dry with a soft, clean cloth.
How do you clean a necklace?
Carefully remove the pendant from the necklace. Examine the stones to check if they are secure. If the ornaments are secured with glue, do not soak them in the solution mentioned above. Alternatively, use a clean damp cloth to gently wipe the pendent to remove any buildup.
The chain can be soaked in the mixing solution of washing liquid and warm water for about 15 to 30 minutes. Wipe with a soft, clean cloth. Delicate chains must be treated with extra tender love and care.
How do you clean earrings?
We suggest you clean the earring hooks or screws and backs with an alcohol swab. To clean a diamond earring set in prongs, use the soft-bristled toothbrush, and warm water method explained above. If they are only gold earrings, they can be soaked in the mixing solution as mentioned above. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
Finally, as a word of caution, we highly recommend that you do not take the advice of unsolicited do-it-yourself hacks on social media or otherwise, but rather get your jewellery professionally cleaned half yearly or annually at your local jewellers to make it long-lasting and sparkling.