How to clean a colored diamond
The colored diamonds that we own are probably some of our most precious possessions. Each gem is a miracle of nature, formed deep within the earth for millions of years. These diamonds are rare and come in a range of stunning colors including champagnes, pinks, yellows, cognacs, greens, oranges, blues and reds. These are the jewels of royalty.
Most of us who own a natural colored diamond would like to preserve it for as long as it can last – which can be forever. But each time we wear our diamonds, we expose them to substances like perfumes and lotions. These products leave behind residues, which can dull the brilliant shines of the diamond, therefore, if you want to keep your diamonds looking their best all times and preserve their color and sparkle, it is important to clean them regularly.
These are the tools that you will need:
1. A soft brush
2. 2 small bowls
3. Window cleaner
5. Mild detergent
Follow these steps to clean and care for your natural colored diamonds:
Step 1: Soaking in soap and water solution
In a bowl, soak the piece of diamond jewelry in a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Avoid stronger detergents since these can strip your diamonds of their protective coatings. You can use any mild cleanser in place of detergent. Soak the jewelry in the solution for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Soaking in window cleaner
Transfer the jewel to the other bowl containing window cleaner. Let the piece of jewelry stand in that solution for another 10 minutes. Make sure it is completely submerged in the solution.
Step 3: Brushing the jewel
Next, use a brush with soft bristles over and between the diamonds to dislodge any tough dirt lodged in them. Using soft bristles will prevent scratching. You can also use a toothpick to clean the prongs that hold the diamonds to the jewel. If you have a dental Waterpik at home, you can also use it to flush away the dirt from the settings. The back of the diamond is where the dirt builds up the most, so be sure to brush out the back as well.
Step 4: The final Wash
Finally, let a stream of warm water run through the diamonds to carry away all the loose dirt that was dislodged during brushing. During this step, make sure that you have the drain closed as you don’t want any lose diamond or small jewel parts to be washed away along with the dirt. Rinse the jewel thoroughly. You can also rinse the jewel in a strainer to prevent it falling into the sink.
Step 5: Drying the diamonds
Use a lint-free and non-abrasive cloth to wipe the diamonds dry. At this point, also check the prongs holding the diamonds together to make sure they are firm. While your diamonds may be forever, the prongs do have limited longevity, so you should regularly check to make sure the prongs aren’t loose.
Keeping your diamonds clean is the best way to ensure that they keep their sparkle for years to come. Store them in individual pouches when you are not wearing them, and they won’t get a scratch. If you need it, there is also professional help available to get your diamond checked and cleaned for you.
This article was submitted by Seren diamond. Seren Diamond are manufacturers of natural colored diamonds. Have questions related to colored diamonds? Please feel free to contact me.
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