Thursday, 19 October 2017

Life Hacks: How To Make Your Diamond Ring Sparkle


We wouldn’t dream of putting on the same outfit day after day without washing it, yet it rarely enters our minds to consider cleaning our jewellery.
Jewellery we wear on our hands, like diamond rings, are especially vulnerable to picking up dirt and grime as time goes on. Solitaire diamonds, for example, are often worn as engagement rings every day, so are worryingly even more likely to get grubby and lose their shine.
It’s essential to clean diamond rings properly to avoid damage and keep this valuable piece of jewellery in its best condition for as long as possible. So, how do you spruce up your diamond ring and restore its shop-bought shine?


Where to start

Remember to focus on the back of the ring setting and not just the stone when cleaning. The ring’s setting is the section that sits on your finger, and as you can imagine, collects the most grime. Not only does this make the entire ring look dirty after time, but the setting can also cause skin irritation if left.
Different ways to clean your diamond ring
Equipment
To begin, you need to use the right equipment to make sure you don’t cause any damage. The best thing for cleaning a diamond is a cheap, soft bristled toothbrush — similar to one you might buy for a child to use. The bristles will allow you to properly clean around all diamond facets and types of settings, while not harming the shine of the stone.

Baking soda

Standard baking soda is an answer to many cleaning problems for diamond solitaire rings that you can pick up at the supermarket. When combined with water to form a thick paste, it becomes an effective cleaning solution for the stone and metal settings. Just remember to rinse the ring with warm water to remove any residue after you’re finished.

Alcohol

Yes, there’s another handy purpose for alcohol. A strong, clear, grain-based alcohol — like vodka or gin — is a fast and effective solution for cleaning diamonds. The science behind it is that the high level of ethanol is a natural solvent that will chemically remove any stray dirt on the surface of the diamond or trapped inside the setting of the ring.

Soap and water

If you want something even simpler to clean your diamond ring in a hurry, how about soap and water? Any household soap, including hand soap or washing up liquid, will do. As with other cleaning jobs, leaving the jewellery to soak is preferable, because this helps to loosen solidified particles in hard-to-reach areas.

Professional cleaning

Then again, you can always cut out the work and get your diamond ring professionally cleaned by a jeweller. This is arguably the best and most thorough method of cleaning diamond solitaire rings, and a decent jeweller will also check the diamond’s settings, as well as use an ultrasonic system to clean it. An ultrasonic system is a specialised tank filled with liquid. The jewellery is submersed and high-frequency sound waves are used to disturb and remove tiny dirt particles from almost unreachable parts of the jewellery. Some jewellery companies, like AC Silver, offer free services that will make sure your ring stays sparkling, too.


Hopefully, you have a few tips here to get your diamond ring back to its gleaming best. Make sure you stay clear of bleach or any corrosive solution. These can damage your precious diamond and its metal setting — and it could be irreversible.




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