All that glitters is your gold… When you take the proper care.
The diamond is the best known gemstone in the world. Clean diamonds sparkle because the maximum amount of light can enter the stone and return to your eyes in a (Kimber) firey brilliance.
Diamonds and jewelry are designed and crafted to last you a lifetime, however, proper care is important in order to maintain the lasting qualities.
How to clean and care for your carbon crystals.
Some pieces, such as diamond engagement and wedding rings are often worn around the clock. If this sounds like you, learning how to properly care for them will go a long way.
Soap scum, hair conditioner, and dirty dishes, oh my! While diamonds are durable, they can easily become smudged, soiled and dusty thanks to lotions, powders, soaps and even the natural oils from our skin. All can create a film on your jewelry, cutting down on your sparkle potential.
Do not clean your jewelry with chemicals such as ammonia or bleach. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your jewelry, from discoloring bands, to dulling stones, to even eroding enamel or glue.
Do-it-yourself guide to cleaning your diamond jewelry.
I recently decided that it was time for me to keep calm, and for my jewelry items to sparkle on; so in true DIY fashion, I grabbed some gloves, an old toothbrush and some dish soap and got to work.
You can clean your diamonds regularly using a commercial jewelry cleaner, or use a mild detergent such as Palmolive dish soap like I did. I chose the Palmolive with the added citrus scent. This made for a very refreshing DIY experience.
Before you start cleaning, I recommend that you collect the following materials:
Latex gloves; small bowl; dish soap or alternate mild detergent; old (clean) soft-bristle toothbrush; lint-free cloth.
In a small bowl, create a mix of warm water and a mild detergent. The warm water will loosen up any oils on the stones. Then, place your jewelry in the bowl.
Soak your jewelry for a few minutes and then scrub with the toothbrush. Make sure to get under the stone as dirt and oil can easily gather there.
You can use a strainer to rinse the diamond jewelry, and then lay it flat to dry on a soft, lint-free cloth.
I guess I don’t need a new diamond ring after all…
Keep calm and sparkle on.
I am now a believer that with proper care and maintenance of your jewelry items, you will be delighted to see that your diamond really can sparkle and last a lifetime.
Now that your jewelry is at its sparkling potential, thanks to your time and efforts… what is the best way to properly store it?
I’ll be touching on this in my next article so make sure to check back for a very fun way of keeping your jewelry both safe AND readily available!
How did this process work out for you and your jewelry? Let me know in the comments below!
Samantha is a social marketing intern at Kimberfire – a brilliant way to buy diamond engagement rings, fine diamond jewelry and loose diamonds in Toronto, ON and across Canada. She is a believer in life-long learning and will always be concerned about the environment and animal rights. Healthy living and fitness, as well as adopting a happy lifestyle complete with a unique sense of style, is important to her. While she constantly finds herself wishing for more time in the day, some of her hobbies include baking, running, hiking and yoga. Samantha also has a passion for all things reading and writing. She hopes to continue to inspire her readers through her writing, and is excited to share her journey with you as she is driven to distraction by all that glitters.