I’m sure if all of us were to ask our mother "What’s the best way to clean my diamond jewellery?" She would tell us to take our diamond ring or earrings and pour out a shot of vodka or gin and soak the jewellery in there for a few hours, then hey presto.
Why would we question that? Seems perfectly normal that anything our mother tells us is correct. Right?
Well I can remember growing up that my mum would do that, however it wasn’t until I started in jewellery industry at sixteen years old, that I realised that this was just a waste of perfectly good vodka or gin. When I queried it with my new work colleagues they laughed at me.
Yes, alcohol is used as a disinfectant and yes it is a base for certain detergents, however just plonking your diamond ring in a glass of alcohol won’t really clean it.
In my workshop, and all professional jewellery workshops, we use an ultrasonic machine and the detergent is an ammonia based fluid. This needs to be warmed up to near boiling temperature in order to be effective.
So, my advice for you to be able to clean your ring at home, is to use warm water and fairy liquid. Remove your ring from your finger and hold it between your thumb and forefinger, then using an old toothbrush, tap away at the underside of the setting, then dry it with some kitchen roll. Don’t dry it with tissues as the fibres tend to get left behind in the setting. And don’t pour boiling hot water straight from the kettle over the diamond as this could shock the stone and cause it to fracture!
So next time you ask your mum "What’s the best way to clean my diamond engagement ring?" and her reply is "vodka or gin", pour the alcohol in a glass and drink it, then show her this.
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