How to Clean Diamonds


Diamonds and diamond jewelry can get tarnished and become dirty over time. This is especially true for pieces of diamond jewelry that you wear often and touch with your hands. Spending a little extra time handling your diamonds with care and storing them properly can make all the difference. Taking steps to care for diamonds can greatly decrease the frequency with which you’ll need to clean your diamonds. You can even make a cleaning solution to clean your diamond jewelry at home.

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Cleaning Diamonds with Window Cleaner

Cleaning Diamonds with Window Cleaner on How to Clean Diamonds

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There are a few things you can do to make sure your cleaning area is ready for you to begin the process of cleaning your diamonds. Start by adding a stopper to your sink to ensure that your diamonds do not fall through and end up going down the sink drain. It would be a major hassle for you to have to take apart the pipes to retrieve your diamonds.[1] Additionally, you’ll need a medium sized bowl to work with. You can put the bowl in the sink and fill it with hot water. This will be the base for your cleaning solution.

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Pour half a cup of the window cleaner into the warm water in the bowl in the sink. Mix the cleaner with the water and this will create your cleaning solution.[2] Be sure to use enough cleaning solution that it will be powerful enough to clean your diamonds. You’ll need roughly at least a 1:5 ratio of cleaner to water in order to be effective.

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Dip the diamonds into the cleaning solution in the bowl and let the jewelry remain there for a minute or so. Then, take a clean toothbrush and dip it in the warm cleaning solution as well. Wet the bristles in the cleaner and use the toothbrush to gently scrub and clean the diamonds.[3] Remove the diamonds from the window cleaning solution, and scrub them carefully with the toothbrush. Repeat this process several times until the diamonds sparkle and shine. Be careful not to drop the diamonds or scrub too hard with the toothbrush. Make sure to get into the cracks and difficult to reach places where dirt and oil can get trapped to really clean the diamond jewelry. Use rubber gloves for this process to protect your skin from the cleaning solution and from the hot temperature of the water.Never use sharp or hard objectsto clean diamonds. Use a softbrush and clean the diamond awayfrom the rim of the sink wherethe piece can slip down thedrain. For most gemstones, youcan also use ultrasonic cleanersthat use high-frequency soundwaves in the water to remove dirtand grime.Never use sharp or hard objects toclean diamonds. Use a soft brush andclean the diamond away from the rim ofthe sink where the piece can slip downthe drain. For most gemstones, you canalso use ultrasonic cleaners that usehigh-frequency sound waves in thewater to remove dirt and grime.Never use sharp or hard objects to cleandiamonds. Use a soft brush and clean thediamond away from the rim of the sink wherethe piece can slip down the drain. For mostgemstones, you can also use ultrasoniccleaners that use high-frequency sound wavesin the water to remove dirt and grime.Never use sharp or hard objects to clean diamonds. Use a soft brush andclean the diamond away from the rim of the sink where the piece can slipdown the drain. For most gemstones, you can also use ultrasonic cleanersthat use high-frequency sound waves in the water to remove dirt andgrime.Never use sharp or hard objects to clean diamonds. Use a soft brush and cleanthe diamond away from the rim of the sink where the piece can slip down thedrain. For most gemstones, you can also use ultrasonic cleaners that usehigh-frequency sound waves in the water to remove dirt and grime.

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Once you finish gently scrubbing the diamonds with the clean toothbrush, dip them back in the cleaning solution. Then, use hot water from the sink’s faucet and rinse the gems individually in the stream of water – always being careful not to drop them.[4] When you are done rinsing, pat the diamonds dry with a soft chamois towel. This will help remove any remaining residue or excess water. Then your diamonds should be as bright and beautiful as the first day when you bought them.

Part 2
Getting Diamonds Professionally Cleaned

Getting Diamonds Professionally Cleaned on How to Clean Diamonds

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Usually when you purchase an expensive piece of diamond jewelry, you can take it to the jeweler or jewelry store you bought it from for a regular cleaning. The jeweler should be able to clean your diamond jewelry with their professional equipment to get your diamonds looking like new again.[5] Most precious gems can be cleaned for free once every year by the store from which they were purchased. You should check with the store about this policy at the time of purchase so you know how often you can plan to get your diamond jewelry cleaned. You can also call after you’ve made your diamond purchase to inquire about this policy and how it applies to your specific jewelry. You may need to bring proof of purchase (like a receipt) with you to get the free cleaning.

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If you have antique diamond jewelry or aren’t able to clean your diamonds for free at the jeweler you bought them from, you should be able to bring your diamonds to any major jewelry store and pay for a cleaning for your diamond jewelry.[6] Depending on which jewelry shop you choose, getting a smaller piece of diamond jewelry should cost between $20 and $50.

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Perform weekly cleaning maintenance to minimize the need for professional cleaning. Since getting your diamond jewelry cleaned can be a bit of a hassle, and even expensive if you don’t have a free option offered from your jeweler, doing a bit of weekly maintenance can be quite beneficial for you and your diamond jewelry.[7] Make a mixture of gentle cleaning solution by adding a few drops of dish soap to a glass of water. Soak the diamond jewelry in the glass with the cleaning solution for one minute and then use a clean toothbrush to remove any excess dirt or oil.

Part 3
Keeping Diamonds Clean

Keeping Diamonds Clean on How to Clean Diamonds

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Take your diamond jewelry off when you are performing arduous tasks. Diamond jewelry can suffer from wear and tear over time. The best thing you can do to counter this is to be mindful about when you wear your diamonds and when you don’t.[8] Try to take your diamonds off before doing things like washing the dishes, going to the gym, working outdoors, or bathing.

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If you aren’t wearing the diamonds regularly and you want to store them for safe keeping, make sure that the diamonds aren’t touching each other. Diamond is one of the hardest materials on earth, so it’s quite easy for these gems to scratch other jewelry or other diamonds.[9] Wrap each diamond individually in tissue paper to keep it safely separated from any other item it may scratch. You can also keep each diamond in its own jewelry box container, or a jewelry box that has separated areas for different jewelry items.

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In order to keep your diamonds safe and secure while you are traveling, be sure to use a travel case intended for jewelry items. These items are typically made out of leather or another sturdy fabric and keep your jewelry safe while you are on the go.[10] Typically, these types of case are either hard-backed with zipper enclosures, or they roll up to keep the jewelry items stationary. Remember to wrap diamonds and individual diamond items in tissue paper to prevent scratching or other damage.