Okay, so perhaps it’s not as dramatic as all that, but diamonds getting dirty can be caused by a number of things, exposure swimming pool water, cooking, even wearing your diamond ring while applying your makeup can be a cause.
You may not think this a big deal, but a filthy diamond will likely be worth less at a valuation than a sparkling one, and the longer a diamond is dirty, the harder it is to clean. Still, you should be careful when cleaning diamond jewelry. Fracture-filled diamonds may be in danger of damage, but, more likely, the metal of the jewelry in which the diamond is set will suffer from a heavy hand when cleaning.
Clean That Diamond Ring
Maintenance is better than repair, meaning it is better to give your diamond ring a bit of a soap down regularly, than to scrub it vigorously every decade or so. To keep on top of your diamond cleanliness, you should fill a bowl with warm water, not hot, as this can cause damage to the metals in your ring… not to mention your skin. Using an old toothbrush, or some similarly, soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the ring using, adding in some mild soap, like baby shampoo, to really get at the dirt.
Try as best you can to get into all the little nooks and crannies. If there is dirt in a crevice that your brush won’t dislodge, a toothpick or dental floss may come in handy. Be extra careful when cleaning around the diamond itself – you don’t want to risk dislodging the precious stone from its setting.
When the cleaning is finished, rinse the diamond ring off under the tap, but be sure to put the plug in before you do – there’s no sense in cleaning a diamond ring, only to lose it down the drain. Finally, dry the ring with a lint-free cloth.
For Stubborn Dirt
For rings that are extra difficult to clean, it may be worth trying ammonia and hot (but not too hot) water. Mixing ammonia with water at a ratio of 1:1, you would clean the ring in much the same way you would with the soap and water method. Ammonia is great at bringing out the shine in metal so it is perfect for this.
Alternatively, ethanol is good at removing grease and oils, and it evaporates quickly, meaning less likelihood of marks being left on your jewelry from the departing liquid.