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If you want your diamond to look
better than most rings worn today-keep it clean! A clean diamond will have the
same sparkle and brightness that it did the day you bought it while a dirty diamond
will look dull and dark.
It's hard to keep a diamond
ring clean. Diamonds are natural grease attractors and can become coated with
grease when they are immersed in dishwater or when they come in contact with any
greasy substance including hand or body lotions and natural skin oils. Powders,
hair spray and soap are also cut down on a diamond's brilliance.
safe and easy way to clean a diamond ring is to soak and wash it in warm sudsy
water using a mild liquid detergent. Then it can be dried with a soft, lint-free
cloth. If the dirt on the diamond cannot be washed off after soaking, try using
a tooth pick, a Water Pick or un-waxed dental floss to removed caked-on dirt.
Brushes should be used with caution because hard bristles can scratch gold mountings.
You can also buy one of the brand-name liquid jewelry
cleaners, which usually include a container of cleaner, a basket to soak the ring
in and a small brush to clean hard to get at areas. Read the label and follow
its instructions. Don't touch your clean diamonds with your finger since that
simply puts oil back on them. For frequent travelers, jewelry cleaner now is available
in a foam dispenser that ensures you have beautiful jewelry wherever you go.
alcohol and ammonia are also good for cleaning diamonds because they help avoid
the problem of water spots.
Caution: Fracture-filled diamonds
should not be cleaned in solutions which are acidic or which contain ammonia since
they can cloud, discolor or even remove the filling material.
Don't let your jewelry come in contact with chlorine bleach
which can be very damaging to the metal. Gold prongs can get pitted and actually
dissolve to the point they can no longer hold the diamonds or other gemstones.
Prolonged exposure to chlorine in hot tubs or swimming pools can have the same
effect. You might already protect your hands from harsh chemicals, but if you
don't think about your fine jewelry. Remove your rings or wear gloves to protect
them from products that contain chorine, because it can damage metal. Avoid dripping
bleaches and hair dyes on your fine jewelry.
To get rid of encrusted dirt, it is sometimes necessary to
have the diamond cleaned professionally with steamers and ultrasonic cleaners.
There are many types of these small machines on the market that will clean any
piece of jewelry that can be dipped in a liquid. They consist of a metal cup that
you fill with water and detergent. When the machine is turned on, a high frequency
motion creates the cleaning action. Since each machine is slightly different,
read the instructions very carefully before use, especially concerning what types
of jewelry should not be cleaned using this method.
watch should not be "dipped" in any liquid, since many are not water
proof and even those that are can be damaged if dipped in chemicals that can disintegrate
the material used for sealing it tight. The best method for diamond watches is
a jeweler's polishing cloth for all metal parts of the watch and diamonds. Be
careful with the diamonds so as not to loosen the settings.
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