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When it comes to cleaning a diamond
ring, you will not find too many articles of reports providing
suggestions and tips. This does not mean that it will never be
necessary to clean diamond rings, but most people take diamond
jewelry for granted. You might be aware that diamonds are the
toughest (hardest) stones to be used in jewelry. It is
therefore felt that a diamond ring or other diamond jewel
could be cleaned easily and without much caution.
Gemological experts measure the
hardness of gems and diamonds using the Mohs scale. In this
scale, 1 is the least hard and 10 is the hardest, diamonds
measure a complete 10. This does mean that the stone in your
diamond ring will not damage easily, cleaning a diamond ring
is therefore not much of a problem. However in this report we
discuss some other vital issues related to cleaning diamond
Washing A Diamond Ring In A
Sink: Many of us love to wash our jewelry when we are
using the sink or wash basin for some other chores! Wash your
face, slide the diamond ring off your finger and rinse it in
running water. This does help loosen and dislodge any dust or
dirt that is stuck to the diamond or the metal mounting. In
August 2011, a lady in the U.S accidentaly dropped her diamond
ring in the bathroom. The 12,000$
jewel went down the drain. It was not clear
whether the lady was trying to clean her diamond ring in the
bathroom but, she surely took it off her finger in that place.
The city cleaners luckily traced her expensive diamond ring to
a sewer near the street, the ring and was soon united with
it's owner. This was a very lucky case, such stories would
generally not end so happily.
If you plan to clean your diamond
ring in the sink, first make sure that the drain is closed
with a very fine grid or still better, closed with a steel or
metal plate. Having done that, use a large glass or plastic
bowl filled with water to do the cleaning. Take double caution
if you plan to hold the diamond ring under a running water
Clean Diamond Rings In A
Familiar Place: We would strongly suggest that you do
not clean diamond rings or other expensive jewelry when
away from home. Hotel or restaurant washrooms or bathrooms are
not the best places to clean your clean your diamond ring.
Besides the problem with the diamond going down the sink
drain, there is also the added risk of forgetting the diamond
ring in the washroom. You really do not want to test the level
of honesty and integrity of the hotel room staff. A Kaisilver
diamond ring buyer lost her 3,000$ diamond engagement ring
when, she accidentaly left the ring in the toilet at the
office. The lady sadly explained to us why she took her
diamond ring off in the toilet. The office had a small tea
party, she got her hands in the chocolate cake and used the
wash room to wash. She took the diamond ring off as
she used the washroom, few hours later she realised her
mistake but the ring was never to be found.
Cluster Diamond Rings: While we did say
that diamonds are quite tough and durable, certain
types of diamond rings need a bit more caring when being
washed or cleaned. To the casual jewelry buyer we would say
that, a cluster diamond ring is a ring with many small
diamonds set close to each other. A common issue with
such diamond ring is that the stones, could fall off the
metal mounting if the ring is cleaned too vigorusly.
Highly skilled craftsmen and diamond setters are required
to craft such diamond rings. Even when all is done right
in the production process, the small diamonds could loosen
from the mounting over time. Though diamond rings can be
cleaned in ultrasonic jewelry cleaners or jewelry cleaners
that vibrate, cluster diamond rings could suffer from loose or
even dropped diamonds during the cleaning process.
When you clean a diamond ring that
has many small diamond rings set in the jewel, you need to
make provision for the small diamonds that drop off. You could
probably use a small bowl of clean water and then place that
bowl over a cloth that has a darkish background color. It
becomes easier to spot the diamonds that might have dropped
off on a dark surface. Ofcourse we are presuming that the
diamonds are white (colorless). In the case of colored
diamonds including black diamonds, you might want to use a
light colored cloth below the bowl. Trying to rinse a ring
with many small diamonds in a wash basin is risky, as the
diamonds are likely to get washed down the drain if they fall
off the metal mounting. If you do find any diamonds that have
dropped off the ring, you would need to take the small
diamonds and the ring to your local jeweler - not much of
Do-It-Yourself scope here.
Diamond Rings In Ultrasonic
Cleaners: It is quite common for jewelers to use
ultrasonic jewelry cleaners for cleaning jewels. However there
are some things that need to be understood before using
an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your diamond ring.
Generally diamonds do not have a problem with ultrasonic
cleaners, so it is considered to be safe to clean a diamond
ring in an ultrasonic cleaner.
However as we mentioned above there
are certain cases where. the diamonds could get loosened from
the metal mountings when the ring is put in an ultrasonic
cleaner. While substandard craftsmanship could be the result
of loose diamonds in many cases, cluster diamond rings are
prone to this problem even when the craftsmanship is not the
problem. A ring with many small diamonds could have a problem
with loose diamonds over a period of time, the wear and tear
on the ring could be the cause of this.
There is also another case in which
cleaning a diamond ring in an ultrasonic cleaner is not
advisable. Some diamonds are treated with various fracture
filling processes. What actually happens is that, the tiny
fissures or fractures in the diamond is filled with a foreign
material. This helps to soften the visibility of the fissures
and makes the diamond look much better and even more valuable.
Cleaning such a diamond ring in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner,
could cause the substance used to fill the fissures come out
of the stone.
Using A Soft Brush And
Cloth: This is a method suggested for cleaning
jewelry of many types. You might find that the diamonds in
your ring appear a little dull after some wearing, this
ofcourse presumes that they had nice glitter and shine when
the ring was new!. Cleaning diamond rings can bring back that
glitter to the diamonds. To clean such a ring, use the bowl
and water technic mentioned above. Next, soak the ring in the
water for a few minutes, 4 to 5 minutes should suffice. Then
use a soft toothbrush, keep the toothpaste out of this
operation. Gently rub the ring with the soft bristles of the
toothbrush bit above and below the diamond. If the grime and
dust is severe and visible, you could add a few drops of a
mild liquid bathing soap to the water. We do not recommend
detergents other than bathing soap as, they could contain
stronger chemicals and solvents.
Once you have cleaned the diamond
ring as explained above, keep the ring safely aside and change
the water in the bowl. You will not need any soap or other
additive in the water this time. Hold the diamond from
the back (the portion that goes behind the finger) and gently
sway it in the bowl making sure that the entire ring is
immersed in the water. Make sure that the diamond ring does
now hit the bottom or the sides of the bowl, a plastic bowl
that is not very hard is better than a metal or ceramic bowl.
Your ring should not look fine and glittering, use the soft
clean cloth and gently dab it clean. You do not want to rub
the jewel heavily as this could cause the fibres in the cloth
to catch on the prongs (if any of the stones) - the prongs
could get pulled apart and loosen the diamonds in the ring. If
the ring still appears wet, leave it on a piece of soft tissue
for until it dries, we would advice that you do not leave the
ring unttended for long as it could get lost.
Other Gemstones In The
Diamond Ring: We refer to rings where diamonds are
combined with other gems, the features of gem types of such
rings should be considered when cleaning the jewel. The
paragraph on cluster diamond rings might be relevant in this
contect. It is quite common for rings to have a main gem
(other than a diamond) and then have, small diamonds provide
accent to the other stones in the ring. You need to consider
the possibility of the small diamonds falling off the mounting
during the cleaning process, some of these accent diamonds can
be very tiny - as small as 1mm in size. Another factor that
will dictate the way in which your gem stone diamond ring to
be cleaned, is related to the type of gems set in the
jewel. Keep in mind that different gems have different
properties and differing degrees of durability in terms of
physical form and color. For examples, emeralds could get
damaged if cleaned in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. So if you
have a diamond ring that includes emeralds, the ring cannot be
put in an ultrasonic cleaner. This is a fairly technical issue
but, your jeweler should ideally educate you on the specific
gems that are set in your jewelry.
Cleaning A Silver Diamond
Ring: There is not much difference in the way you
should clean a gold or a 925 silver diamond ring. However the
issue of silver tarnish should be handled. All silver jewels
will tarnish and anti-tarnish platings which could be rhodium,
gold or even platinum will wear off after a while. Using
commercially available jewelry polish lotions and fabrics for
your 925 silver diamond ring should not be a problem. Just
remember to rinse the ring well after polishing a sterling
silver diamond ring. Doing this, will take off any residual
chemicals or solvents that might remain stuck to the diamond
or the metal mounting.
The above report tries to cover the
most important issues related to cleaning diamond rings. We do
not expect to make you a diamond or jewelry expert after
reading this report but, would be glad if you have gained just
little more by way of awareness and knowledge. More specific
queries and doubts can be addressed to our support experts at
We will be glad to assist you even, if you buy nothing from
us. There are thousands of jewelers wooing buyers but, almost
no other jeweler provides the kind of clear and honest
information and advice that we at Kaisilver do.
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all diamond rings and other jewelry, in 14k or 18k
gold. We can infact custom make silver or gold
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the miners and custom cut the gems ourselves. This will
not only reduce multiple commissions through multiple
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