So how do you take care of diamonds?
The Daily Diamond Care
Diamonds need regular care if you want them to keep looking their best. And you do the most damage to jewellery and precious stones in all the little daily chores you do.
Chlorine and other chemicals can harm diamonds and the metals in which they are set. Prolonged exposure to chlorine, as in a swimming pool, can make your diamonds look dull. The chemicals can also eat away at the gold setting. The stones could then work loose from the prongs.
The chemicals that you use while doing washing and cleaning work can also be harmful to your jewellery. The oils, lotions and soaps you use everyday can leave traces that accumulate over time and create a filmy layer over the stones, making them lose their sparkle.
There are many ways to clean your precious stones and all are simple and can be done very easily at home.
Mild Detergent Solution
Use a mild detergent and warm water to create a warm soapy solution. Leave your jewellery in it for a few minutes. Then take it out and work up lather by scrubbing it gently with a soft brush. Put the jewellery in a strainer and rinse it with warm water. Once it is clean, take it out and pat it dry with a soft cotton cloth.
A Cold Bath
Make a mild solution using one part mild dishwashing detergent and four parts cold water. Put your jewellery in this solution and leave it there for some time. Pick up the jewellery and clean around the edges with a soft brush like an eyebrow brush. Rinse the jewellery and leave it to drain on tissue paper.
The Special Agent
Get one of the brand name jewellery Cleaning Liquids that are available in shops. Make sure you buy a product that can be used on the type of jewellery you wish to clean. Some gemstones can be more delicate than others. So, take care about which cleaner you choose when cleaning jewellery that has multiple types of stones.
Once you have chosen the appropriate cleaning liquid, read the instructions carefully. Don't ever skip this step. The instructions might contain warnings and exceptions. Be careful to note these points. Now, clean your jewellery as instructed.
The Sound Cleaner
Sometimes, the grime and dirt accumulated around the stones might not yield to mild cleaning. You can try Ultrasonic Cleaning to clear out this stubborn dirt. Small Ultrasonic Cleaners are available in shops. These devices come with a metal cup which can be filled with a mild detergent solution. These machines send high frequency sound waves through the soap solution, causing the liquid to vibrate. This vibrating liquid then causes the dirt and grime to move, clearing them from the jewellery.
Take care while using these machines. Buy the appropriate device and read the instructions carefully. These machines might cause the stones to work loose from the settings, so use with caution.
Take it to the Jeweller
If your jewellery refuses to yield to any of these treatments, it is time to call in the professional. Take your precious pieces to a jeweler and have them cleaned.