Cleaning Your Ring
It is well known that diamonds are dust magnets. Not only that, when oil secretion from the human body gets onto the ring, it gives the ring a cloudy look, which is not at all attractive. Diamonds, in particular, derive their beauty solely from the way they reflect, refract and disperse light, which cannot happen if the light is blocked by dirt, or should the refractive index be changed by a layer of grease. It makes no sense to buy an ideal diamond ring, and have its performance impaired by common dirt.
Cleaning your ring is also a matter of personal hygiene. Soap scum, grease, dirt, cells from our skin, little hairs, and living organisms collect in crevasses and pack themselves into the pockets beneath gemstones. A good jewellery cleaning can help avoid many skin rashes resulting from an accumulation of unwanted filth on jewellery.
WARNING: Clean your ring where you will not lose it!
The sink is not a good place for jewellery cleaning. Guard against losing a stone during the jewellery cleaning! Often, especially on jewelry that has been worn a lot, or pieces with very lightweight settings, the build-up of grime may actually be all that is keeping a stone in its setting! Jewellery cleaning off the grime could dislodge the stone. While this would be inconvenient, it is a lot better than having the stone fall out in an uncontrolled environment! Clean your jewellery in a small bowl or wash basin, and check carefully for missing stones before pouring out the jewellery cleaning solution.
Cleaning with Damp Cloth
Dampen a soft flannel cloth with warm water and wipe the jewelry. Actually, this is common sense. Wipe your ring with a cloth as often as you wish. It is easy.
Cleaning with Soapy Water
Same as above, but soak jewellery for a few minutes in a small bowl of warm water with a little dishwashing liquid added. After that, you might brush gently, using a soft brush, such as an art brush, facial brush, or a cosmetic brush.
Brush with Ammonia, Rinse & Dry
If very dirty, dip jewellery in alcohol to cut any grease. Vodka will work. Use a child’s soft-bristle toothbrush for the jewelry cleaning. Dip the brush in sudsy household ammonia and brush the stones on all sides, especially the bottoms and sides. Brush the mounting and rinse after jewellery cleaning. Use a soft flannel cloth to wipe any remaining film off the metal after cleaning, especially the inside of ring shanks.
Soak in ammonia, brush & rinse
Soak the jewellery from a few minutes to overnight, depending on dirt build-up, in sudsy household ammonia. We recommend soaking your diamond ring once each month either overnight or in the morning, you complete the jewelry cleaning while getting ready for the day. Brush around and under the stones, using a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush. Wipe the mounting with a soft flannel cloth to remove any remaining film after jewelry cleaning. Safe for diamonds and all faceted colored stones, except those such as emerald that might be filled with oil. Do not use this, or any of the jewelry cleaning methods listed below, for any jewelry that may have foil-back stones, or stones that may be glued into the mountings as is the case with many earrings
A very useful tool for jewellery cleaning as well as cleaning your teeth! Do this after you have used the "soak and brush" method to soften the grime. The water jet can be a messy jewelry cleaning technique, so work inside a plastic bag. Set the pulse on "medium" and direct the jet under and around the stones. With invisibly set jewelry, start the jewelry cleaning at the stones first from the top, then from the bottom while pressing your finger against the stones from the top. This method is very effective for jewelry cleaning emerald jewelry (skipping the ‘soaking’ step.) If you use a detergent in the water tank, be sure to rinse thoroughly and run a tank of clear water through the unit when finished.
Boil gently, cool slowly jewelry cleaning method
Restrict this method of jewellery cleaning to jewellery that just won’t clean up by other methods. Restrict this jewellery cleaning method to Rubies, Diamonds and Sapphires. Make sure to avoid "thermal shock" (sudden and extreme temperature change) that can fracture a stone. In other words, do not drop the jewelry in water that is already boiling for the jewelry cleaning!
You will need a pan of room-temperature water, and a strainer that will keep the jewellery off the bottom of the pan. A screen-like strainer will work for the jewellery cleaning, as will a vegetable steamer. Use a small amount of laundry or dishwashing detergent in the water. Put the jewellery in the strainer, and suspend in the pan. Slowly bring the pot of water to a boil, and boil for 10-20 minutes. Do not add cold water if the water level falls: that could cause thermal shock! Remove the pan from the burner after the jewellery cleaning, and let cool slowly. Once the water is back to room temperature, you may give the jewellery a final jewelry cleaning brushing, rinse and dry. Your jewelry should be sparkling clean after this! (Remember to check for missing stones.)
Do not boil the water until the water completely evaporates. The temperature will then rise so high that your jewellery will surely be destroyed.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning
This is my favourite method. I bought a small ultrasonic cleaner for my girlfriend, and it is very useful. These jewelry cleaning devices send ultrasonic waves through a jewelry cleaning solution to remove dirt. They are safe and easy to use. A real time saver.
The ones available for home use are generally weaker and very safe.There are also stronger professional ultrasonic cleaners around. These are usually used by jewellers. They are so strong that they can fracture some delicate gems, but they are quite safe for cleaning diamonds because diamonds are very hard and sturdy. If your jeweller should use one of these professional cleaners, check the diamond after each cleaning to ensure that the stone has not been shaken loose. Also, do not use these cleaners for diamonds that are fracture filled as the filling can be shaken loose.