Like with many other accessories you wear on a regular basis – i.e. watches – you should bring your precious jewelry to a jeweler for professional care and cleaning. These jewelry experts have been handling precious metals, diamonds, and gemstones for a very long time and know how to properly maintain your jewelry without damaging it. But between professional cleanings you should make your own efforts to take care of and clean your jewelry. Here are a few basic cleaning tips.
- For diamonds: Use a non-metallic brush with soft bristles. Dip it in a mild ammonia and water solution and gently wipe away any grime you find on the diamond. Dirty buildup will usually occur around the prongs and setting. This cleaning method will also remove the thin layer of skin oil that has accumulated due to constant use. When wearing it try not to touch the actual diamond.
- For the metal itself: Use alcohol to clean metals like gold and silver but be careful not to use it on pearl jewelry. That said, simple soap and water with a very soft brush will usually get the job done. Use a soft cloth to dry and buff your jewelry.
These are but a number of tried and true methods of cleaning diamond rings and the other kinds of jewelry.