It’s no mystery: diamonds dull up and lose their sparkle and shine.
Sound about right?
No. Hardly… Because it only happens for one reason: the diamonds got dirty.
Dirt and debris have a lovely way of attaching themselves to diamonds just like oils from our fingerprints. They stick to the diamond like glue.
And once this dirt and oil gets on the stone, it keeps light from entering, which makes it lose its sparkle and beauty.
The good thing is, this is not permanent.
Diamonds can be cleaned easily and will look brand new forever….
If you know the secret.
5 secrets actually:
5 secret tips to keeping your diamond engagement ring looking bright and shiny. It’s a matter of how you clean your diamonds and when you clean your diamonds.
Let’s dive in…
The 5 secrets to keeping your diamond ring clean…
Ammonia (or Mr. Clean) is a powerful cleaner that works wonders and keeps your diamonds clean. Ammonia won’t hurt gold or platinum and is perfect for cleaning diamonds.
Ammonia isn’t expensive like a lot of jewelry cleaner solutions can be. Plus, you only need a little Ammonia (one part), to about 7 parts of water (and a squirt of dish soap). That’s it! It makes the perfect homemade cleaning solution (this is what we use at the jewelry store, even though we also sell bottled jewelry cleaner.)
Try it. It works.
2) Hot water:
If you clean your rings in cold water, you won’t clean them very well.
Use hot water instead, like coffee-hot, and you’ll be able to clean away any dirt, debris, dust or ols from the diamond.
Just be careful if you own enhanced colored diamonds (diamonds that are yellow, blue, green, red…), because the heat from hot water may make the colors fade.
3) Use a toothbrush:
The soft bristles of a toothbrush are awesome for reaching all the little nooks and crannies of a diamond ring.
Dab at the diamonds gently, don’t be too rough or pull on the prongs… For you don’t want to loosen your diamonds, pop them out, or even scratch the gold or mounting.
Clean them carefully.
4) Clean your bottom:
The #1 spot that gets dirty on a diamond is the bottom. The point of the diamond (pavilion) is the dirt magnet. This gets dirty fast because it sits down into the mounting, head, prongs or basket.
You need to make sure you flip your ring over and clean underneath the stones. Clean the base. Dab at it and get the bottom of your diamonds and gems clean.
You’ll notice a big difference doing this. Especially with baguette cut diamonds, which get dull and dirty pretty quickly.
Clean the bottoms of your diamond and they will sparkle like crazy.
5) Clean them often:
Many times people will put their rings on and never clean them. Don’t do this. You wouldn’t wear anything else without cleaning it often… Clean your rings!
Even cleaning them once a month is not enough…
Make it a point to clean them at least once a week.
Cleaning them once a week will make them look stunning and new.
Plus, cleaning them often prevents cement.
Cleaning them once a week (mark it on your calendar, or set a reminder in your phone) keeps dirt and debris from building up like cement on the bottom of your diamonds. When crud gets built up, you may not be able to clean them by hand anymore. You may need to take them to a jewelry store for a professional cleaning which could take hours.
Cleaning also keeps your mounting from wearing down.
That’s right! A dirty mounting wears down faster. Most people don’t know this. Dirt rubs against the metal, it eats away at the gold, it can weaken your prongs, channels and band. Dirt is harmful to your rings and makes your diamonds look dark and lifeless.
When diamonds lose their sparkle they don’t look pretty anymore. That’s sad for an engagement ring. Make it a habit to clean them every Friday (or whatever day you choose). Get them shiny for the weekend. Take your rings off if you’re doing hard physical labor, like working in the garden, or lifting weights. And do keep them away from bleach. Bleach can kill a gold mounting quickly. Don’t wear your rings when doing laundry.
There you go. 5 secret tips and tricks to keeping the diamonds in your engagement ring looking brand new and shiny forever. :)
Better get the toothbrush…