Diamonds are tough but they aren’t indestructible. They get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps, even the natural skin oils, put film on diamonds and cut down their brilliance. Chemicals in the air can discolour the mountings of precious jewelry.
Diamonds should be cleaned so that the maximum amount of light can then enter and return in a fiery brilliance. It just takes a little care to keep them that way. Here are four ways to clean diamonds. One of them is pretty sure to fit the time, the place and the job.
- The Detergent Bath
Prepare a small bowl of warm suds with any of the mild liquid detergents used in the home. Brush the pieces with an eyebrow brush while they are in the suds. Then transfer them to a wire tea strainer and rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft, lint-less cloth.
- The Cold Water Soak
Make a half-and-half solution of cold water and household ammonia in a cup. Soak the pieces for 30 minutes. Lift out and tap gently around the back and front of the mounting with an eyebrow brush. Swish in the solution once more and drain on tissue paper.
- The Quick-Dip Method
Buy one of the brand-name liquid jewellery cleaners, with its kit, choosing the kind most useful to you. Read the label and follow its instructions. Don’t touch your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle your jewellery by its edges.
- The Ultrasonic Cleaner
There are many types of these small machines on the market that will clean any piece of jewellery that can be dipped in a liquid in a matter of minutes. 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.
Putting Diamonds Away
When you are not wearing diamonds and precious jewellery, they still require attention. Keep your precious pieces in a fabric-lined jewel case, or a box with compartments or dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in tissue paper. Don’t jumble your diamond pieces in a drawer or jewellery case, because diamonds can scratch other jewellery – and can even scratch each other.
Travelling With Diamonds
The packing of your diamonds and other precious pieces for travel should be given care.
There are many types of carry-alls, specially designed for jewellery travel, available in all price ranges. They come in all sizes, shapes and patterns. Most have velvet pads inside to attach pins and earrings, and special compartments for bracelets and necklaces.
Pack a small plastic bottle of prepared jewellery cleaner with your cosmetics. Then you can give your precious pieces “shine-up” at any time.
Don’t leave your ring on the rim of a sink when you remove it to wash your hands. It can easily slip down the drain. When you are away from home, you might leave it and lose it.
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