How to Keep Your Diamonds Sparkling like a Professional

How to Keep Your Diamonds Sparkling like a Professional

Do you remember the first time you fell in love with your diamond? It was at first sight, wasn’t it? Your diamond’s beauty just took your breath away as it glistened in the light!

Since that fateful day, has your diamond lost a bit of its shine? Do you long to feel the way you felt when you first laid your eyes on that rock? It is possible to recapture that magic and we are going to show you how to do it like the professionals do.

Like your body, your car, your dog, or anything else you care about- you need to clean your diamond! Every day chores like washing dishes and styling your hair leads to a build-up of grime on your previous gem. Not keeping up with regular cleanings will create thick layers of gunk that will dull your diamond’s shine.

Step 1- Soak Your Diamond

First and foremost, clog up your drain. The last thing you want to do is call a plumber to retrieve your diamond (especially on the weekends when they are even more expensive)! It’s sounds like a no-brainer, but we wouldn’t be able sleep at night knowing we didn’t warn you.

Draw a bath to immerse your ring in. Your solution should consist of warm water and a mild liquid detergent. Due to its non-abrasive nature, a lot of people prefer to use Ivory soap.

You may read articles on the internet insisting on using ¼ a cup of ammonia instead of soap. This is okay if your diamond wasn’t treated with any clarity enhancements. Be sure to not clean with anything that contains harsh chemicals because they can strip your diamond of its protective coating.

Step 2- Scrub Lightly with a Soft Brush

Do you have a bunch of toothbrushes lying around that you are never going to use from all those dentist visits? Now we have a use for them!

After your ring has soaked for about ten minutes, take a soft bristled brush and lightly clean your gem. I emphasize the word lightly. Scrubbing too roughly will result in scratching your ring’s metal setting.

A toothbrush is perfect for this step because it contours around your diamond’s facets. These are what create the shine that caused you to fall in love with your ring in the first place!

Step 3- Swish in Solution

Place your ring back into the warm bath, and give it a good swish in the water. This allows all the grime you loosened up during the brushing to come off of your ring. Do this for about two to three minutes.

Step 4- Rinse in Warm Water

Remove your ring from the solution. Grab a strainer, place your ring in it, and shake under warm water to get any remaining solution off.

Step 5- Blot Dry

Take a lint-free cloth, sort of like a microfiber cloth used to clean lens, and blot your ring dry. Do not use anything rough like a paper towel and make sure not to scrub vigorously. Scratching your jewelry after you worked so hard to make it shine kind of defeats the purpose of this whole thing!

There you have it! Your diamond has the lustful shine that first caught your eye, and you did it all with things you already had in your house. Now go out and parade that beauty off. You deserve it.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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