You love your diamond because of the way it sparkles and shines. But over time, your diamond can look dull. Here’s how to bring back its radiant beauty.
Soap, hand lotions, hand sanitizer, hairspray, household cleaning products: All of these everyday items and more can dull your diamond’s shine. What can a diamond-lover do?
The best way to maintain your most precious pieces is to bring them to a trusted jeweler at least twice a year to have them professionally cleaned. Your jeweler will go beyond cleaning to check for loose diamonds, and has the right equipment — not to mention the eye — to maintain your diamond and its setting. For example, he or she can retip prongs as needed and perform other jewelry care to ensure your jewelry remains in the best condition possible.
However, in between professional cleanings, you want to make sure your diamond dazzles rather than disappoints. Here’s how you can care for your diamond jewelry, including diamond rings, at home.
Use the Proper Tools
Jewelry cleaning kit:
There are many places where you can purchase a jewelry cleaner intended for home use. At Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers, we provide a complimentary cleaning kit that comes with a little brush for this purpose.
Coffee or espresso machine:
Of course, you won’t clean your jewelry in the spot where coffee is made, but if your appliance comes with a steamer, that is a great tool for cleaning your diamond jewelry.
One of the best ways to clean your jewelry involves a couple of items you may already have around the house. Use a brand new soft toothbrush that you designate for jewelry cleaning, along with a dot of dishwashing soap, to gently brush dirt and grime from your ring.
After cleaning, rinse your ring under warm water to avoid any soapy residue, then wipe with a soft lint-free cloth and allow it to air dry in a safe place.
Avoid These Jewelry Care Mistakes
Skip the chlorine or other harmful chemicals:
These can scratch the metal and damage your ring. Anything abrasive, such as baking soda or powdered cleaning solutions, can also scratch your band.
Don’t wear your ring at home during everyday activities:
The best rule of thumb is that your fine jewelry should be the last thing you put on before you leave the house, and the first thing you remove when you get home. Don’t cook or clean with your diamond engagement ring on, because certain chemicals and ingredients can discolor your diamond or your band.
Don’t keep your all jewelry in the same box or bag:
It’s best to store each item in its own ring box or compartment. That’s because your jewelry can become scratched and stones can even be jostled loose when all your pieces are stored together.
Trust the jewelers at Coffin & Trout for all your jewelry cleaning and repair needs. We can also restore and resize pieces. Stop in or call us today.