The average one-carat diamond costs between $4,500-$6,000. And that’s not including the cost of necklace, bracelet, earrings, or ring that it’s in.
While diamonds are durable enough to last a lifetime without chipping or breaking, they still get dirty over time which can make them appear cloudy.
Luckily, keeping diamond jewelry clean doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, by following a few simple tips, you can keep your diamonds sparkling forever.
Do you want to know how? Keep reading to learn more!
Treat It Right
The first step in maintaining clean and sparkling diamonds is to make sure they don’t get dirty in the first place. Take off all diamond jewelry before you take a shower, exercise, or go swimming. You may also want to take them off before doing anything outside, like camping or hiking.
Rings containing diamonds should also be taken off before cleaning or applying moisturizer to your hands.
Clean It at Home
No matter how careful you are with your diamond jewelry, it will still get dirty. And that’s okay! There’s a simple two-part method to clean your jewelry.
1. Soak It
Start by mixing a little bit of mild dish soap with warm water. Then, soak your jewelry for about 15 minutes. This gives the dish soap time to attack grease without damaging the diamond itself.
2. Gently Scrub It
Once your jewelry has soaked in the dish soap mixture, gently scrub it with a soft toothbrush. Remember, “gently” and “soft” are the key words here. The diamond or the metal may scratch if scrubbed too hard or with a harsh-bristled brush.
Ideally, you’d want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, such as those designed for babies. You’ll also want to make sure you only use this toothbrush for cleaning your diamond jewelry. If it’s used to clean other items with a harsh chemical cleaner, the residue from these cleaners could damage your jewelry.
You’ll also want to avoid cleaning your jewelry too often. If you wear your jewelry every day or often forget to take it off while exercising or swimming, you may want to clean it once every few weeks. However, if you don’t wear it on a daily basis, you can go a few months between cleanings.
Get it Professionally Cleaned
Does your diamond jewelry still look dirty after you soaked and gently scrubbed it? Or maybe you’re afraid to clean the jewelry yourself because one or more of the diamonds feel a little loose.
In these cases, you’ll want to take your diamond jewelry in to be professionally serviced. If you insured the diamond upon purchasing it, cleaning may be even included in your policy for free.
Your Guide to Cleaning Diamond Jewelry
Don’t settle for dirty or cloudy diamonds any longer! Instead, follow our tips to keep your diamond jewelry looking as brilliant and sparkly as when you first got it.
By avoiding the use of harsh chemicals, you’re saving both your jewelry and the planet! Check out these other green tips today to help save the environment.