Spring is here, which means spring cleaning is around the way. Although your garage and basement need to be sorted, your jewelry could also benefit from a little cleaning. Have you noticed that your diamond ring doesn’t sparkle as brightly as when you first got it? Do you see unsightly scuffs and marks? It is important to clean your jewelry occasionally to keep it looking like new. Cleaning could also protect your jewelry from potential damage.
Different types of jewelry require different cleaning practices. In this article, we will discuss the best tips for keeping your diamond, gold, and platinum jewelry in the best condition.
How to Clean Diamond Jewelry
Diamonds are absolutely gorgeous in any jewelry piece due to their incredible sparkle. However, it is essential to keep up with maintenance to keep its shine and durability. Although diamonds are one of the strongest materials on earth, oils, sweat, and debris can damage their appearance over time.
To make the best cleaning solution for your diamond, mix a quarter cup of ammonia or mild dish detergent with one cup of lukewarm water. Let your diamond pieces soak in the solution for 20-30 minutes, and then gently brush the jewelry with a dull toothbrush to clean away any hard debris. Lastly, rise off your pieces and dry them with a microfiber towel. Avoid air-drying, for it can leave hard water spots, which will lead you to repeat the cleaning process all over again.
How to Polish Gold Jewelry
All types of gold have the same cleaning procedure. Any standard commercial gold polish can effectively clean your gold jewelry. If you do not have a specific gold polish or your jewelry has begun to tarnish, soak your gold pieces in a mixture of lukewarm water, dish soap, and a few drops of ammonia. After soaking, wipe your jewelry with a lint-free cloth. This process should even work for gold jewelry with large gemstones; however, if the tarnish is more aggressive, it is best to see a professional for thorough cleaning.
How to Clean Platinum Jewelry
Platinum is one of the most common metals used in jewelry and one of the easiest to care for. Due to its durability, it does not tarnish from discoloration; however, it can accumulate scratches and scuffs over time. To polish your platinum jewelry, use lukewarm water, mild dish soap, and a chamois cloth. Rub gently to avoid scratching your piece.
Contact Bostonian Jewelers
It is always best to get your jewelry professionally cleaned a couple of times a year. Bostonian Jewelers provides cleaning solutions for at-home cleaning, as well as cleaning services in-store. Contact us to schedule a cleaning or for more information!