How To Increase a Diamond's Shine with Ammonia

Diamonds are the most precious of stones and increase value over time. Whether you have earrings, rings, pendant or a bracelet, diamonds are sure to catch anyone’s attention for the sparkle and shine it gives off. To keep your jewelry looking its best, you need to clean it occasionally.

You don’t need to purchase a jewelry cleaning kit or to bring it to a professional to get it done. If you have a little bit of ammonia and water in the home, you can do it yourself. Here’s how.

  • Make sure your diamond is unfilled. Only unfilled diamonds can be cleaned with an acidic solution such as ammonia. If your diamond is fracture-filled, you need to use a mild detergent. Fracture-filled means that the imperfections in the diamond have been filled in with a liquid substance. This liquid dissolves over time, which is why you cannot soak it in an ammonia solution. To find out what type you have, you may bring your diamond to a professional who can assess it for you. If you have a trained eye, you may also check the diamond using a jeweler’s loupe.
  • Prepare the cleaning solution. In a small bowl, place a capful of ammonia and a capful of water. It’s best to do this on a counter or table. Avoid doing this on the sink unless your drain is plugged. Give it a good swish to make sure the solution is mixed properly.
  • Give the diamonds a bath. Remove the diamonds you want to clean from the jewelry box. If the diamonds are set with other stones, be careful. This solution can be used on diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Avoid soaking the diamonds if it is set with other gems that may not be able to withstand the acidity of the ammonia solution. Place the jewelry in the bowl with the ammonia solution and let it soak for about four or five minutes. There’s no need to soak it for an extended period of time.
  • Scrub the diamonds a bit. Using a soft bristled toothbrush, scrub the diamonds clean. You should immediately notice a difference in the luster of the gems. Use gentle circular motions instead of a forward backward motion.
  • Give it a good rinse. Dip the jewelry in the ammonia solution for a few seconds before rinsing it in cold water.
  • Pat dry. Shake off the excess water and pat dry with a piece of soft cloth. On a small towel, you may place the jewelry and allow it to air dry. When the pieces are ready, store it properly. The jewelry case should have a non-abrasive surface. Also, avoid storing all your gems in one container since it can get scratched.

Aside from regular cleaning, you should also take care of your jewelry by wearing it and proper times. Avoid occasions when you will get it soiled, such as during gardening or when you go swimming.

Diamonds naturally attract oils from the body, so check its luster every now and then to check if it’s due for some cleaning. With the proper TLC, your diamonds should keep on sparkling for many years to come.


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