Diamond Cleaning & Care
Diamonds are the hardest natural substances on Earth. They can cut any kind of rock or metal, but only a diamond can cut another diamond. So how can you keep your diamond looking its very best? Here are some tips on keeping your diamond sparkling.
- If you're not wearing your diamond jewelry for any length of time, store it in a jewelry box, keeping it apart from other jewelry.
- Diamonds can be cleaned safely with lint-free cloths, commercial jewelry cleaning solutions, and household detergents.
- Harsher cleaning methods are not recommended for home use. These include powdered abrasive household cleansers, ultrasonic cleaners, and steam cleaners.
- A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry looking beautiful is to soak it in a gentle degreasing solution, such as water with a few drops of mild dish soap, once or twice a week. After you remove the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt. The toothbrush should be new and reserved exclusively for cleaning your jewelry.
- Chlorine bleach or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamond jewelry.
Gem Care & Handling
Although gemstones are among the most durable of substances, they do need some care. Following a few general rules will make sure that they last for generations still looking like the day you bought them.
- With all gemstones avoid rough handling and when not in wear.
- Keep your jewelry items separate to avoid scratches.
- Clean with warm soapy water and gentle brushing.
- Ultrasonic cleaners should only be used with caution.
- Avoid perfumes directly on the stone.
- Periodically take the jewel to the shop for a re-polish and fix of the stones.
- Never mix different varieties
- Opaque gemstones like lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, require special care.
- Think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds and rubies and sapphires will be fine but many other gems may not be: when in doubt, leave it out. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and other single-crystal gems can be cleaned with a touch of ammonia in water to remove all films and add extra sparkle.
Caring for Pearls
Due to their natural beauty, pearls require no cutting or polishing to bring out their luster. With perfection as its birthright, the pearls seem to stand alone among gems. Quality pearls are very durable, but proper care is necessary to keep them beautiful and lustrous. Here are important tips to care for your pearls.
- Clean pearls regularly with a soft, damp cloth or lambskin chamois.
- Never ultrasonic or steam – clean pearls.
- Periodically clean pearls in a solution of warm water and non-detergent soap; lay pearls on a clean towel and dry completely before wearing.
- Periodically resting strands of pearls. The silk string should be clean, the knots should be tight, and there should be no slack between the knots and pearls.
Remove pearl jewelry before you:
- Apply cosmetics, perfume, or hair spray
- Swim in chlorinated pools
- Wash dishes, do housework, or do gardening
- Do strenuous work or exercise
Gold Care & Cleaning
With regular wear, your gold jewelry will eventually accumulate a film of soap, body oils and even grease. Taking proper care of your fine gold jewelry, which includes periodic cleanings, will ensure that it continues to be a point of pride throughout your lifetime.
- It is preferable to remove your gold jewelry before showering, bathing, or cleaning. Sometimes, the exposure to soap and chemicals can dull the gold, necessitating more frequent cleanings.
- Handle your gold jewelry carefully, as delicate pieces and gem settings can also sometimes easily bend out of shape.
- If you have a very heavily ornamented piece with many cracks and crevices, using a soft-bristled child's toothbrush may be the only way of getting it clean.
- Buff your gold jewelry with a soft chamois cloth if it seems to be losing its luster.
- Buff and polish the gold gently with chamois or another soft cloth before you put the jewelry away.
- Mix a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent and warm water in a small bowl. Dip each piece of gold in the mixture, 1 at a time. Don't pile all your gold into the bowl at once; the pieces might get scratched.