How to Clean Diamond / Gold Jewellery at Home
Diamonds and jewellery are susceptible to becoming soiled, smudged and dusty. Make-up, powders, soaps and the oils from skin combine to create a film on the surface of your jewellery that obscures its brilliance and shine of both the diamonds and the metal.
The best way to give your precious piece of jewellery a clean at home is by letting your diamond jewellery soak in some hot soapy water (not boiling water) for around 5 to 10 minutes. Once this has been done, give the item a light scrub using a soft toothbrush and focus on getting the bristles in under any stones and settings to remove any built up grit. Letting the item soak will start to take away the oils and grit built up under the diamond
Ideally the best way to take care of your jewellery is to let MDTdesign take care of it for you. If it is an MDTdesign piece, a condition of your lifetime manufacture warranty is that we ask that you bring your jewellery into the store every six to twelve months for a check.
At this time we will also polish and clean your jewellery. For polishing we use a high speed buff that spins at 3500 revolutions per minute. This is followed by placement in an ultrasonic cleaner; a metal bath filled with water, ammonia and detergent which, when switched on creates a high frequency turbulence that removes the dirt and polishing compound from hard to get at places in your setting.
This information provided is intended for gold and diamond jewellery cleaning in between making it into our store for a professional clean. The more often you take care of your jewellery pieces, the longer they will last and the better they will look!
Other important points to keep in mind:
- Although diamonds are the hardest known natural substance it is possible to damage them. Diamonds are not indestructible. Diamonds, much like wood, have a grain running through the stone. If a diamond receives a knock on the wrong angle, they can chip or break which often can lead to the stone falling out.
- Do not wear your jewellery if you are doing rough work such as gardening, washing dishes, in the gym or anything where it is possible that you may knock the metal and diamonds. Metal on metal contact will bruise the metal and create dints.
- Do not allow your jewellery to come into contact with chlorine bleach of any other harsh chemicals. The diamond will be fine although it can tend to have a negative effect on the metal in the band and the setting.
- Do not mix your jewellery collection together in a drawer or case when not wearing them. You should pack them individually so as not to allow one item to rub or hit each other and damage one another.