Put your rings into the cleaning solution to soak for a few minutes. Five minutes should be long enough, but if they’re especially dirty, you might want to leave them for fifteen minutes. (Remember, don’t put pearls, opals or other delicate stones in the ammonia solution.)
Remove your rings from the solution and brush the top, bottom and sides of the diamond with an old toothbrush dipped in the cleaning solution, to loosen and remove dirt, soap, and lotion residue. Be sure to brush the remainder of the setting, especially if there are smaller diamonds as part of the design.
If you have an ultrasonic toothbrush, the next time you replace the brush head, save the old one and use it just for cleaning your jewelry. The sonic action will help get your diamonds sparkling!
Rinse your rings under running water (but close the drain to be sure you don’t drop them into the sink drain!), brushing again with clean water to remove all the cleaning solution.
Shake to remove any remaining water droplets, and pat dry with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. If you let the diamond air dry, it will have water spots on it just like a glass that air dries.
Your ring should now sparkle like new. Wear it and enjoy it, and clean it regularly to keep it sparkling.
How to Clean Diamonds When Traveling
If you’re wondering how to clean diamonds when you’re traveling, there are also cleaners that travel well, including an atomizer, a gel cleaner, a cleaning “stick” with its own built-in brush, and cleaning wipes.
The cleaning wipes are great for wiping tarnish off your gold and silver jewelry (yes gold will tarnish), but we prefer the liquid or gel cleaner for diamonds because the wipes can’t clean underneath the stones where the dirt builds up, causing your diamond to look dull.
You just never know when you might get invited to a special event and want to look your best, right down to your clean, sparkly diamond!
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