Everyone loves that “new car smell,” whether it’s an actual car, a brand new phone—or even natural diamond jewelry. After all, when something is precious to you, you usually want it to look brand new forever. The reality is that over time, our own skin oils and outside elements can dull the sparkle of your treasured diamond jewelry. But no worries: natural diamond jewelry can easily be cleaned so it looks like you very first wear of it. We’ve got tips and tricks to keep all of your natural diamond jewelry collection looking its best in the safest and easiest way.
Home-Based Cleaners and Tools
1.The simplest way to clean your diamond jewelry is to soak the pieces in warm water mixed with an ordinary de-greasing solution like dish soap. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach or toothpaste, which can erode precious metals over time.
2. If you are doing this over a sink, make sure the drain is blocked so nothing can fall in.
3. To remove any remaining dirt, scrub with a soft-bristled, clean/new toothbrush, reserved only for cleaning your diamond jewelry.
4. Remember to clean the back of the diamond and the crevices, which attract the most oil and grime.
5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water until all of the soap is gone.
6. Dry with a paper towel, letting sit if necessary to dry completely.
7. Some jewelry may get dirtier more often than others, so repeat cleaning when you feel a piece isn’t sparkling the way it should. This could be weekly or monthly.
Using a Jewelry Ultrasonic or Steam Cleaner at Home to Clean Your Diamond Collection
You can purchase an ultrasonic and or steam cleaner made for at-home use at many major online retailers. These cleaners are the home version of what the professionals use, and it is the at-home way to get your jewelry the cleanest it can be.
- Mix the correct amount (manufacturer specifications usually note to use about one part cleaner to two parts water) of ultrasonic cleaning solution with water in the reservoir. If you do not have ultrasonic cleaning solution, you can also use multi-purpose at-home cleaners that do not contain bleach, acid or ammonia (i.e., Mr. Clean or Mean Green).
2. Turn on the machine. You will hear it working as the ultrasonic waves bounce around inside.
3. Add your diamond jewelry to the reservoir while it is on. The ultrasonic waves will knock loose dirt and grime in all hard-to-get areas. Please note that while natural diamond jewelry will not be damaged in these machines, other gemstones may be more fragile. Please consult your jeweler if you are not sure.
4. You can leave your jewelry in the machine for up to 30 min while it cleans. Feel free to swish the jewelry around inside the cleaner while holding it with tweezers in order to loosen stuck-on dirt. Please note to only use jewelry tweezers that have rubber-coated tips, so you do not scratch the metal.
5. After it has been in the cleaner for enough time, remove it with tweezers and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
6. Optional step: If you also have a jewelry steam cleaner, fill it with plain water, turn it on and allow it to heat up according to manufacturer directions. Hold the jewelry tightly with rubber-tipped tweezers and put it under the steam nozzle.
7. Optional step: While under the nozzle, press the steam button and steam the whole piece of jewelry, moving around to get steam in every area. Be careful; it’s hot.
8. Dry with a paper towel, letting sit if necessary to dry completely.
9. Repeat as often as you like.
We advise you to proceed cautiously and consult a jeweler before you do this for the first time, as thorough cleaning can prompt loose stones to fall out or damage stones that are not natural diamonds or that have had non-natural treatments.
Many companies make cleaners that are specifically made for jewelry. Most often it is a solution of ingredients designed to target exactly what makes your jewelry dirty. While most of the jewelry cleaners on the market are similar, there are differences worth calling out. As with anything, read the details before you buy to make sure you are getting cleaner made exactly for your jewelry. This is important because cleaner made for sterling silver and that made for yellow and white gold can work differently. It is also worth keeping in mind that while natural diamonds can withstand almost any cleaner possible, some other gemstones are more vulnerable so make sure to always use them as directed. Below is a selection of some popular options and what sets them apart.
- Diamond Drunk is a completely vegan and non-toxic jewelry cleaner made from natural ingredients. It is a stylish option with a recyclable glass bottle that looks great on your counter and even has multiple scents to choose from. This cleaner is designed to soak overnight so your jewelry is clean every morning
- Connoisseurs make many types of jewelry cleaner and have options specifically for sterling silver and a delicate option for gemstones other than natural diamonds. They also have a handy pen cleaner that is great for travel.
- Lavish offers a traditional non-toxic cleaner as well as a travel pen for cleaning on the go. Their signature product is a spray foam cleaner that users say works best.
How to Store Your Diamond Jewelry
Natural diamonds are one of the oldest and the hardest things on our planet. Due to their hardness, natural diamonds can damage other metals, gemstones and even other diamonds. It is important to properly store them to keep this from happening.
- We recommend that once you take off your favorite pieces of diamond jewelry, they are better stored separately from other pieces of jewelry so they are not touching.
- Storing your natural diamonds in their boxes or storing them in soft cloth pouches can protect them from any damage.
- Make sure you store your jewelry box in a cool, dry and secure place, as moisture in the air could tarnish some metals.
- To protect your diamonds and give you peace of mind, you can also have them insured against theft, damage or loss. Most insurance companies offer separate insurance policies or additions to current insurance for natural diamond jewelry. Please note that you will need to submit appraisals for each piece in order to be covered. If you do not have an appraisal, your local jeweler can help.
Other Tips to Keep Your Diamond Sparkling
- Avoid thick lotions and creams that can result in residue build-up.
- Avoid wearing your rings when you indulge in any labor-intensive activities such as sports, gardening or swimming. This will help to keep the diamond secure in its setting.
- It is best to remove your jewelry while cooking, as food and other oils can also cause buildup.
- Perfume, sunscreen, hairspray, detergents and bleach used in everyday life contain harsh abrasive solutions that can erode or dull the metal in your jewelry. Although they will not hurt the diamond, it is important to also keep the metal intact, so your diamonds stay in place.
- We highly recommend that you take your diamond jewelry to a reputable jeweler for periodic professional cleaning once every six months to a year to ensure all is well. The jeweler can examine the setting and check your jewelry for any weakness, trauma, or loose prongs. When you catch these issues early, they can be fixed before anything major occurs.
These wonders of nature are meant to be worn, but exercising a little caution goes a long way. Regular cleaning can restore the sparkle, and occasional checkups at the jeweler will ensure your prized natural diamonds are around for generations to come.