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Tips On Cleaning Your Diamond Jewelry

Apr 25, 2008
Cleaning diamond jewelry must be done carefully to prevent damage to the diamond or other gemstone jewelry and in order to preserve its lustrous beauty. Cleaning diamond jewelry ensures the longevity of your investment and in the maintaining of the gemstones luxurious beauty for years to come.

As you wear your diamond jewelry, oils from skin contact are susceptible to build up on the surface of your precious gemstones. When the build up of oils on your jewelry occurs, proper cleaning will bring back the lustrous beauty your jewelry once had.

A common home solution that is ideal for the maintenance of your diamond gemstone is a non-abrasive cleaning agent such as in ammonia based household cleaner, often used as a window cleaner. A less chemically abrasive solution in cleaning your diamond is a mixture of one-part vinegar to two-part cold water. Dip your diamond gemstone in the cleaning solution and gently wipe in circular motions with a cotton swab. Rinse the diamond in warm water and pat dry with a lint free cloth.

Diamond gemstones that are set into a jewelry piece require special attention to its care. Not only are abrasives harmful to your gemstones but, chlorine and strong ammonia based solutions are harmful to most precious metals and can promote premature erosion of your jewelry.

Diamond jewelry settings should be cleaned with caution in order not to loosen the gemstone from the delicate posts that secure the precious stone in place. Cleaning the jewelry piece can be accomplished by mixing a solution of one-part mild liquid dishwashing soap with two-part warm water. Use a cotton swab to dip into the solution and then use small circular motions to clean the entire jewelry piece. Take exceptional care around the prongs of the setting to ensure that the gemstone stays in place and does not become loose. Thoroughly rinse the diamond jewelry piece with cool water and lightly pat dry with a lint free cloth.

Occasionally, you will come across a jewelry piece that has become encrusted with sediment due to improper storage or neglect. To bring the diamond jewelry back to life with restoring its original luster, you may want to consider using a professional jewelry cleaning solution found at many jewelry outlets in your area. An ultra sonic cleaning kit can safely remove grime buildup, which is a process of using a commercial cleaning solution and high frequency sound waves.

Although, self cleaning your diamond jewelry is practical and wise for most uses, heirloom diamond jewelry should be restored by a professional jeweler that is bonded and insured. A professional jeweler will be able to identify the alloys within the precious metals that your heirloom diamond gemstone is set in. Taking the extra precaution in preserving the value of your investment will be their first and foremost concern.

Allowing a professional jewelry cleaner perform the initial cleaning of your heirloom diamond jewelry piece will permit the jeweler to inform you of any special maintenance or repairs that your heirloom may need in order to preserve its value over the long term.
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