Your Diamond Care
The Cleaning of your Diamond Jewelry
You can soak your diamond engagement and/or wedding ring for up to 30 minutes in a solution of quality dishwashing liquid and water, depending on the diamond setting you have chosen. This method is most suited to those with prong and cathedral settings. With pave and basket settings, on the other hand, soaking the ring may increase the likelihood of the gem loosening. Be aware of this when you decide to soak any jewelry piece.
One can use mild dish soap in warm water and soak the jewelry for a few minutes. Use a soft cloth or cotton swab to gently scrub the metal-gold, platinum or silver, and then rinse. One can repeat this process if judged necessary, just proceed with caution when you soak your jewelry.
Extra shine can be achieved by soaking the diamond in window cleaner after the initial soaking described above. As glass cleaner may contain harsh chemicals, don’t soak for more than a minute at a time, and certainly DO NOT USE THIS PROCESS AT ALL WITH RODIUM.
To make certain that the glass cleaner is all rinsed off, use the same mild dish soap solution and dip the ring into this solution, rinse with warm water, and then dry completely.
Using a toothpick to remove any dirt that may be lodged in between the prongs and the diamond is acceptable, however please be extra careful not to scratch the metal or move the position of the prongs. When fibers from cloth are stuck in a setting, the gentle use of tweezers to remove them is recommended. However, once again, be careful of the metal.
Although diamonds can only be scratched by other diamonds, the precious metals used into which they are set can be scratched more easily.
Most diamond jewelry can take the use of an ionic cleaner. However, if your engagement ring is set with stones other than diamonds, please consider using other cleaning methods, as some gemstones are negatively impacted by the electrical current inherent in the ionic cleaning process.
In storing your diamonds, make certain to keep them separate from your other jewelry. Bear in mind and remember that diamonds can not only scratch other jewelry you have, but can also scratch each other too.
Be certain that two diamond pieces not be stored in a way that they touch each other.