how to clean jewelry gold and diamonds
Clarity enhanced diamonds are quickly becoming popular. Many people want a large diamond ring with great clarity, but can’t afford the actual cost of one. Instead, they opt for a more affordable route, which is the clarity enhanced diamond. Thanks to technological pioneering, couples are now able to afford a diamond that is gorgeous in appearance at a substantially cheaper rate. Though many people are wary of this type of diamond, there really is no difference in the wear and tear of a clarity enhanced diamond versus a non-clarity enhanced diamond. You may hear rumors that say the clarity will decrease in time, especially if you treat your diamond a certain way. The truth is this isn’t the truth.
Like normal diamonds, clarity enhanced diamonds require routine care and cleaning. There is no additional time or effort required to clean your enhanced diamond. In fact, The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has stated that these diamonds are stable under normal wear and tear conditions. Since these diamonds can be treated just like any other diamond, the best way to clean a clarity enhanced diamond is to use mild soap and water. In fact, you can use any type of jewelry cleaner, provided that it is not ammonia-based. You can also use pearl cleaners, ultrasonic cleaning, and steam cleaning as a means to clean your diamond. There are certain factors that can interfere with the enhancement process such as ammonia-based cleaners or if the ring is heated to 1500 degrees or higher. Ammonia-based cleaners can discolor or dissolve fracture fillings and should be avoided at all costs.
Jewelers may not know that your diamond is enhanced, so you’ll want to be sure to tell them ahead of time. This will ensure that they don’t do anything that can interfere with the enhancement of the ring, including using a jeweler’s torch. If they do need to use the torch, they will know to use certain techniques that will protect the diamond from being overheated.
There are other ways you can clean your diamond, such as using toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush (one of our most recommended cleaning processes from our clients). However, be sure to use a toothbrush that is non-invasive. As an afterthought, any type of cleaner you use on your jewelry should be non-abrasive because it can scratch any metal bands or settings as well as the diamonds themselves. Others have also recommended using vodka as a cleaning agent, which is completely safe for the stone.