PROFESSIONAL JEWELRY CLEANING VS. CLEANING AT HOME
Let’s face it – most of us would prefer to clean our jewelry at home rather than make a trip to the jewelry shop every time our expensive trinkets started to dull. Diamond is the toughest mineral – a solid 10 on the Mohs-scale of hardiness, yet it starts to dull over time. Although real diamonds will never lose their sparkle completely, true, they will considerably dull with wear.
Why is this so?
Unlike metals, diamonds do not scratch. They dull over because of the film of oil that sets upon the surface, reducing the luster. Whether they are your Chocolate Diamonds® or a big white one, regular cleaning is always a great idea to maintain the shine.
When it comes to cleaning, there are two options: you could either get it done professionally or do it yourself at home. We have written in detail on both ways of cleaning, so we won’t go in detail. Briefly speaking, here is how both types of cleaning work:
Cleaning at home means common household items that are available at ease are involved in the process; no fancy stuff is used. Jeweler approved products for home jewelry cleaning use are:
- Regular dishwashing soap
- Lint-free cloth
- Softy toothbrushes
- Hand-hot water baths
Products highly advised against are:
- Chlorine-based cleaning compounds
- Abrasive powders or any other abrasive cleaning agents
- Ultrasonic cleaners
- Alcohol or alcohol based compounds
- Rough paper towels
- Jewelry cleaning agents (not all agents are suitable for all jewelry types)
Professional cleaning rarely involves chemicals unless absolutely needed. In such cases too, the jeweler knows what type of compounds to avoid using with different types of metals and stones. More often than not, professional jewelry cleaning involves the use of an ultrasonic cleaner that gently dislodges and washes away the accumulated dirt and debris.
Which method to choose?
The cleaning option you are opting for greatly depends on two important factors:
- Time constraints
Many people have a tough schedule. Very rarely are they able to find time to perform basic household chores such as laundry and dishes before they crash for the day. If you are such an individual, it is highly likely you won’t be able to find time for this regular maintenance chore. Any free time you get will be spent relaxing, so unless you find cleaning soothing, we recommend you to make a trip to the jeweler’s shop each once in a while.
- Type of jewelry
This is perhaps the most important factor that determines whether you should make that trip or not. Jewelry pieces with pearls and emeralds, for instance, are very fragile. Pearls and corals are porous – they can corrode easily with the use of alcohol. It is strictly recommended to get your jewelry checked at a shop once to confirm if you should clean them at home.