It seems that a diamond never sparkles quite like it did the day you opened the box, doesn’t it? As the sparkle in our jewellery dies down, so does the entire beauty of the piece. Many of us think that this happens as a stone ages. It’s true that a stone’s sheen lessens over time – sometimes the stone just needs to be cleaned .
As with caring for most things, the best method is prevention. While jewellery will always need a good cleaning now and again, there are things you can do to keep the sparkle vibrant in between those cleanings. The rule of thumb is to not expose your jewellery to anything but air. Always try and keep your jewellery dry and away from hand lotions.
Despite our best efforts, life happens and we need to clean our jewels. Luckily, this isn’t so hard but does require a bit of care and diligence. Before cleaning, soak your jewellery in a bowl with a mixture of luke warm water and a few drops of dish soap. This helps to loosen the dirt and debris hidden in the crevices. Agitate it for a few minutes by swirling your finger around the bowl. After about five minutes, take each piece and gently brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s important that the bristles are soft so it doesn’t scratch the surfaces of the stones. Then, rinse the jewellery under a tap. Allow to air dry or gently dab them dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Voila! Lustrous stones that shine like the day you got them.
If it seems like a lot of work or you don’t want to take the time to clean you jewellery, that’s fine too. Many people are scared to take a brush to their precious jewellery and that’s understandable. Most jewellers offer cleaning services, and some, like Blackroom, even offer such a service for free, we clean in ultrasonic cleaner for 5 minutes. Jewellery professionals know the most effective, detailed, and delicate ways to handle your pieces so it may even be a preferable option. Either way, you don’t have to be stuck with dull stones!