Not everyone is lucky enough to work in the jewelry industry -lucky on so. many. levels. Access to the ultrasonic cleaner is NOT something I myself take for granted, my diamond is usually at its most sparkling. Fear not, inability to professionally clean your jewels doesn't mean that you can't keep them pristine at home. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has shared some secrets that we're comfortable whispering to you. You're trustworthy, right?
Pssst... come closer! These are secrets!
Hands off! Well, not completely, but keep the handling to a minimum. Diamonds are naturally attracted to the oils in your skins and once they adhere, it will mar the brilliance and fire.
Pamper your baby. Who among us doesn't enjoy a good bubble bath every now and again? Your diamond is no different than the rest of us. A twice weekly soak in water with a few drops of a mild dish soap will do wonders for its beauty, and soul. Keep a soft, new, reserved only for cleaning your jewelry toothbrush for getting to those hard-to-reach areas. The back of the diamond tends to collect the most oil and dirt.
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Some settings are especially fragile, such as older prongs or one where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank (tension setting). This is the time to use a gentle touch, not vigorous scrubbing.
After the 'bubble bath' and scrub, be sure to rinse with water, if working over the sink, be sure to close the drain(!), and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
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Never use an abrasive cleaner (like those you'd use around the home, or toothpaste) or chlorine bleach when cleaning diamond jewelry. Ever. Chemicals can damage some of the metals used to allot gold for the settings and abrasives can scratch. Neither would be a good thing.
A diamond's facets are where the magic of their sparkle lie. They act as many tiny mirrors to reflect the light in, and out, of your stone. Keeping these facets clean will keep your diamond sparkling. When in doubt, remember you can always bring your jewelry in to the store for a deep cleaning session. Consider it a spa visit for your valuables. And really, who can't use one of those once in a while?