Sunday, December 25, 2011

All About Cleaning Diamonds

Through our day to day movements our  diamonds get smudged and soiled.  Even  when we are not wearing them, they collect  dust.  Lotions, soaps, our natural skin oils,  can cause film and grime on diamonds  and inhibit their brilliance.  
Want to keep that Brilliance and Shine?    Diamonds require cleaning so that maximum amounts of light can refract fiery brilliance.   Remember that all it takes is a few minutes  and a little care to keep that diamond as fiery  as the day you first saw it. 

You can use an small soft brush such as an  eyebrow or lip stick brush and soap and  water to clean your jewelry.  Simply make a  bowl of warm sudsy water with a mild  detergent and place your pieces in the mixture. Then brush the diamonds with the  soft bristles of the brush while they are in  the suds.  You will need to make certain that  you rinse them clear of the suds after  cleaning them.  You can use a small kitchen strainer such as a tea strainer to contain  them while rinsing under warm water.  Use  a lint free cloth, or a jewelry polish cloth to  pat them dry.
If your diamonds are in need of a stronger  cleansing, you may want to soak them for 30  minutes in a solution of half and half water and ammonia.  Once they have soaked for 30  minutes, remove them and gently brush the  mountings with a small brush.  Then replace  the pieces to the solution and swish them  around in the mixture before removing them  to rinse and pat dry. 

If you find your self too busy to be mixing  soaps and ammonias, many department stores sell liquid jewelry cleaners. Most are  kits, with everything you need included.  You  need to read the labels to determine the one that is right for your diamonds and other jewelry. Read the complete directions and  follow all the precautions.  

And if you find yourself more the  “high-tech type”, even in your diamond cleaning routine, there are multiple ultrasonic  cleansers on the market.  These machines  use high-frequency to create a cleaning motion. All machines are not the same, so please read  the instructions before using.  

Only you can choose the cleaning method  right for you.   But, it is essential to keep  your jewelry clean to keep it brilliant and  sparkling.  Between cleaning, try not to touch your clean diamonds with your fingers or handle your jewelry by its edges. This will  help maintain its shine and brilliance for  longer periods.  

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