There’s nothing like the sparkle of your favorite diamond earrings. But when it dims because your earrings have become grimy, it’s time to clean them. Not only that, cleaning diamond earrings regularly can help reduce the chances of infecting your piercings, especially if you have a tendency to play with your earrings throughout the day.
Beware Common Jewelry Cleaning Myths
It’s hard to ignore jewelry cleaning advice for the best way to clean your diamond earrings at home. But whether it came from our mothers, grandmothers or well-meaning friends, many common methods of cleaning your jewelry can actually harm it. Windex window cleaner is often cited as a great way to break down oils and fingerprints on your diamonds but it can actually cause corrosion because of the ammonia in it. Some women swear by toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush but the grit in this cleaning method can scratch the metal surfaces of your jewelry. And at-home steam cleaners for jewelry simply don’t get the job done as well as the one your Addison jewelry store has; they don’t have the precision or the power.
Cleaning Diamond Earrings at Home
Before you even begin, gather the supplies you’ll need. In most cases, cotton swabs or cotton pads, hydrogen peroxide or dish soap, and a dish of hot water are all you need. When you’re ready to clean your jewelry, and your diamond earrings, in particular, start off by washing your hands well with soap and water. It’s hard to clean your jewelry if your hands are dirty.
Saturate a cotton swab or cotton pad with hydrogen peroxide or soapy water. Carefully remove the earrings from your ears. Using the swab or pad, gently clean each earring and earring back. For heavily soiled earrings, you can soak them in a dish of hot soapy water for a few minutes. After cleaning, dip your earrings in the dish of clean water to rinse them. Let them air dry on a cotton towel. Examine your earrings closely; if there are any cotton swab or pad fibers remaining, carefully remove them. Put the diamond earrings back in your ears or store them safely after they’re dry.
Use Special Jewelry Cleaners for At-Home Use
Some Dallas jewelers or high-end stores near you sell jewelry cleaning solutions, often in plastic or glass jars. These are usually chemical solutions that are safe for most jewelry, although you’ll want to read the label to be sure before cleaning diamond earrings. Pour the solution into a dish and soak your earrings for a few hours. Rinse gently and allow it to dry.
Visit Your Jeweler
No matter how thoroughly you clean your jewelry at home, it’s always a good idea to come to your local Addison jeweler for free deep cleaning. Your jeweler can also use the opportunity to check the mountings, prongs, backs, clasps, and other parts of your favorite pieces, making adjustments or repairs as needed. Visit Gem Classics with your diamond earrings for a good cleaning that will leave your diamond earrings sparkling like new.