Jul 7, 2009

How to Clean Diamonds at Home

Before I learned this trick, I used to sent diamonds out to clean professionally and would buy diamond cleansing solution to clean at home from time to time. However, while at Chopard, a nice SA told me Windex, the blue solution we can buy by the gallon for, can be use to clean diamonds. So I did! I mix 1 part warm water to 1 part Windex and soaks a couple diamond rings in there for about 10 minutes to cut grease and loosen any dirt. Afterward, diamonds are cleaned with a soft brush, rinsed and dried with a clean towel. In the brushing process, do not press too hard to avoid damaging the setting. A gal does not need to be looking for her loose diamonds like a panicking bear. A family member once lost a 3 carat diamond because of a faulty setting.After I told gal pal, she informed me her SA at Tiffany told her the same thing. I am pretty convinced this works pretty well. This is a gift I got myself a few years back to celebrate a big birthday. I had it reset in platinum. How do you clean your diamonds and do you buy your own jewelry or do you wait for jewelry as a gift?

40 comments:

  1. ly i dont have theluxury of buying expensivve jewelry. so i would definitely just have to see if any bf is nice enough .. hope that doesnt make me sound like some kind of hobag

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I am definitely going to try it next time! I have spent so much time sending off my rings to the jewelers for cleanings, this sounds like a great solution :) xoxo

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  3. Here's my post on cleaning!
    http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2007/09/dont-get-taken-to-cleaners/

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  4. I use dish soap! I soak my rings over night and then use an old toothbrush the next morning to polish it up! works every time...thanks for the windex tip!!
    :)

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  5. Gotta love Windex! You are so funny-"doesn't need to be looking for her loose diamonds like a panicking bear" Love it savvy!

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  6. OOO THANKS FOR POSTING THIS!

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  7. cool! thank you for sharing. I would try it next time.

    Hanh

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  8. First you got me to stop taking my cashmere to the dry cleaners( I can never thank you enough for that) and now because of you my diamonds are about to get a much needed bath.

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  9. I buy my own jewelry due to the fact that I don't own any real diamonds. I must admit, it would be such a wonderful experience to have someone give me a diamond! :)

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  10. Neat! Does the metal matter with the Windex trick? (like gold vs platinum, etc)

    I always go to the jewelry store and have them buff them up, since it's free for life (supposedly). Of course, this requires a 30 minute drive out to the suburbs were my husabnd bought the rings.

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  11. I've always wondered if this works. Your gift to yourself is a stunner!! The hubs has gotten me exactly three pieces of jewelry. Engagement ring, wedding band, one pair of earrings. I'm still waiting for more. Ah ha.

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  12. This is such a great tip. My engagement ring and wedding band get so dirty sometimes and the jewelry cleaner from the jewelers just doesn't cut it.

    The ring you treated yourself to is simply beautiful!

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  13. Ohhh...thanks for sharing! I am definately due for a cleaning and didn't want to take it in. I have bought myself jewelry in the past...as we all deserve to be spoiled.

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  14. Very cool technique. I prefer to make my own jewelry at a bead store.

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  15. Thanks for the tip - my engagement ring is overdue for a cleaning. I've always been afraid to use over the counter items for fear of ruining the setting, but your post allays my fears.

    For Tiffany's jewelry, I just bring it in and they clean it for free. It is, unfortunately for my wallet, a very effective way to get you into the store, browsing, and shopping for your next Tiffany's jewelry purchase while you wait for the cleaning to be done.

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  16. i was thinking to myself im getting older i need to start investing in some nice jewelry. but i will start out slow and start with pearls.
    the only diamonds i own are set in my watch, so i cant clean those! but a good tip though.

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  17. What a wonderful tip :) I tend to clean all of my jewelry at home, I can never go wrong with cleaning silver with toothpaste lol. And wow, your ring looks so beautiful.

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  18. someday i hope i have diamonds to clean. SOMEDAY. :)

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  19. I need to try this! I've been buying the solutions.

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  20. What great advice!
    I really like your blog, I am now a follower.

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  21. I've always cleaned my jewelry at home. Just a simple solution that I bought. Wasn't as cheap as windex but around $5. soak, brush and rinse.

    As for jewelry, it's both. Hubby has bought me alot. And if I like something I buy it too, I don't wait.

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  22. great tips, I don't have any real diamond jewelry but I'll def keep in mind if I ever do so!

    xo
    Sophie

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  23. Oooh nice. Thanks for the tip! I will definitely be doing this soon for my earrings and ring.

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  24. What great tip. I am going to try it today.

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  25. SG, my grandma taught us to use toothpaste...it works too!! ~XO*

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  26. Toothpaste, i use that to clean silver. great tip! thanks!

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  27. great tip...I'll have to give this a try!

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  28. I am just impressed you have diamonds!!! I don't :( what a great tip, I'll be sure to follow it if I ever get a diamond!

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  29. I tried to comment earlier but the power went out at my house so I'm not sure if it went through...
    Anyway, I was going to say FAB post ~ now all I need is some diamonds!

    xoxox,
    CC

    P.S. You should get the American Apparel liquid look leggings; I have them and they rock - no problem to put on at all! Plus they are way more affordable!

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  30. Oh, I'll have to try that.
    What my jeweller taught me, and I've been doing it ever since, is to place the pieces in a pan with shallow water, add a few drops of dish detergent, bring to a low boil, remove from heat and let it sit till cool enough to pick up and gently brush with a toothbrush. Jewellery looks super clean after this and the diamonds are left sparkling :)
    Sometimes I'm lazy so I just let the water/dish soap boil, remove from heat then drop the jewellery in...seems to work just as well.

    Fab ring, SG!!!

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  31. what a great tip! thanks for sharing! :)

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  32. That's a great tip! Thanks!

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  33. i don't have any diamond ring or diamond jewelery. hehehe

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  34. Excellent tip! THnak you for sharing...now that i have my engagement ring , I need to be cleaning it to keep looking new and shiny! :)
    I usually prefer costume jewelry...I'm not into diamonds or other precious stones...I just don't see a point , to be honest...lol The money can be used for many other good causes..it's just a stone...

    xoxo
    Mimi

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  35. awwww.. cartier bracelet! i want one for myself as well.. :)))
    xx

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  36. You gave yourself a diamond? I love you jejjej :)

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  37. I've heard and done the liquid soap dish..but never of the windex..i'll have to try it..my wedding band needs a cleaning lol....some of my Tiffany pieces i've bought for myself to celebrate special occasions in my life...i've also been gifted a lot too

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  38. I usually use dish washing liquid, and warm water, I soak them for a while, and then brush with a baby tooth brush that is very soft.

    If I'm paying a visit to the jeweler he will offer himself to clean anything I wear for free.

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