Diamonds are a woman’s best friend. It is one of the essential pieces of jewellery that she can wear, yet it can quickly become dirty and lose its glittering shine. Keeping them sparkling and maintaining their sparkle means learning to clean them correctly. Whether you wear personalised jewellerydaily or not, they can quickly become tarnished, scratched, embedded in dust, and change their original “glow” from a pure white to a less precise, hazy colour. But there are some simple ways to restore the sparkle to jewellery so that it retains its shine and beauty for years to come.
Using a solution of warm water and a personalised dip tray explicitly designed for silver, it is possible to quickly and easily remove built-up grime and dirt without soap, detergents, sprays, or any cleaning liquids. A regular household sponge, soft cloth, and a dip tray made for sterling silver jewellery can be used to help gently wipe unwanted particles from a variety of surfaces. When attempting to clean a surface such as the inside of a diamond ring, it is essential to start at the edges first. Cleaning the inner surface of sterling silver jewellery requires a different technique and can often be more difficult. This is because this surface often collects more dust and dirt than other surfaces, which can quickly accumulate on the smooth inner surface and affect how the jewellery looks.
To clean pieces with small visible parts such as charms, beading, or gemstones, you must ensure they areentirely free from any dirt and dust before subjecting them to any cleaning liquid. Wipe the item slowly with a soft cloth to ensure all the bits are removed. When using an old toothbrush, gently brush the surface of the jewellery, making sure to avoid getting the brush into the small parts where tiny metal prongs hide. Make sure not to leave any part exposed to air as this will cause the jewellery to rust. Wipe the item in sections, paying particular attention to the edges and corners, and make sure to finish off the cleaning procedure by wiping the thing with another soft cloth.
For items such as rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and earrings with large surfaces, such as a bracelet with large charms or beading, you should start by brushing the jewellery into a bowl using a regular toothbrush. Use gentle strokes to get any grime or dirt out of the bowl, and then use a slightly firmer, stiffer brush to remove any remaining bits. It is essentialto rinse the toothbrush through the bowl and make sure you do not run the bristles into the jewellery. Using a separate bowl, soak the toothbrush in warm water and gently brush the ring until all the soap is removed. Make sure to wipe the area around the base of the ring to prevent damage to the delicate charms.
Some items such as necklaces and rings can be more challenging to clean. As these items are made from precious metals such as silver and gold, they can easily pick up bits of plaque and build-up, severely damaging the stones. If you own gold or silver jewellery and find that it is dull and discoloured, it is probably because you have accumulated plaque build-up. To treat this problem, you should first rinse the jewellery under running water to remove any water that may be left behind. Then dip the toothbrush into an anti-plaque liquid such as Liquid Plaque Remover (available from most DIY stores) and gently brush the jewellery to remove any excess build-up.
Once you have completed this, take a small amount of the cleaning solution and rub the gemstone against the plaques on the ring. Do this until you can no longer see the gemstone through the plaques. Fill the rest of the solution into your toothbrush and then use it to brush in the same way as you did with the gemstone. Finally, dip the toothbrush back into the cleaning solution and leave it to dry for a few minutes before replacing the toothbrush in the basin and using it to brush your pearls again.