Diamonds and gold are like other pieces of fine jewellery in that they can lose their lustre after being exposed to hand lotions, soaps and everyday dirt. Cleaning gold and diamonds isn't as difficult as it sounds. Soon, your precious gold jewellery can be sparkling like new in no time.
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Things you need
- Soft-bristle brush
Combine a few drops of gentle dishwashing detergent and 1 cup warm water. Soak ring in solution and scrub gently with an old, soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse under warm water.
Mix ¼ cup ammonia with 1 cup warm water and soak the ring for 20 minutes. Remove from the solution and gently scrub the ring with the brush.
Use denture tablets or toothpaste. Dissolve a denture cleaning tablet in 1 cup of water and soak your ring in the mixture for a few minutes. You can also use toothpaste to brush your diamond's sparkle back.
Try club soda. Fill a glass with the soda and allow the ring to soak overnight.
Tips and warnings
- Use the brush to gently clean around prongs where build-up is likely.
- After rinsing your jewellery, dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth or lay it on a cloth to air dry.
- Have your jewellery cleaned professionally yearly.
- Use rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth to remove tough grime.
- Don't use ammonia, alcohol or any cleaning products that contain ammonia on rings that have diamonds and other opaque stones, such as pearls, coral or turquoise.
- Remove diamonds before exposing them to chlorine.
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