Gems and diamonds are most commonly used in jewelry. And since jewelry is worn on human skin, it can become unclean very quickly.
Chances are you originally purchased your favorite lovely piece of jewelry because of the way it shined and sparkled. So why not keep it that way? Check out the following tips for cleaning diamonds and gems.
The simplest way to clean a diamond or gem (or diamond/gem ring) is with Windex cleaner and a soft toothbrush. A soft toothbrush is very important, or else you’ll risk scratching your diamond/gem. Simply spray the Windex onto the toothbrush and then go to town (with care) on the diamond/gem. Proceed to rinse the diamond or gem off in warm water and dry with a soft towel – not tissues, paper towel, etc!
Although Windex is ideal, you can also clean your diamonds and gems in a sink filled with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Make sure the drain is firmly closed – you don’t want to use your jewelry! Let the diamond or gem soak for a bit and then take it out, brush it with a soft toothbrush, and repeat. Rinse under regular warm water and dry with a soft towel. Although this “dishwashing liquid method” may sound better than Windex, it may leave a minor “film” on the diamond or gem. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
The third way to clean diamonds and gems is with a mixture of ammonia and water in a bucket. Obviously ammonia is very strong. Dilute it with a lot of water. Go about the same cleaning process as above.
And there you have it. Not too complicated at all!
Gary Dyner is the owner of Great American Coin Company. Connect with him on Google+.