Sunday, October 16, 2011

clean: diamond jewelry with household products

{This posted is dedicated my to dear friend, Sara, who just got engaged!}

So I got rock... no, not the kind that gets your arrested, but a rock on my finger that gets dirty. Not just a little dirty... but DIRTY NASTY as we say at home.
 I cook, clean and do any odd job around the house, so basically I have a combination of ground beef, comet and baby powder stuck in the setting of my ring. Yum, right?

So here are a couple ways to clean your diamond jewelry using household ingredients:

1. Windex:
 Sounds nuts, eh? But that smelly blue liquid can do wonders on a diamond! Spray it  and scrub it with a tooth brush. The only con: your hand smells like ammonia. Call me a freak, but the Windex smell is intoxicating.
mmmMMMmmm squeaky clean!


2. Baking Soda and Vinegar: 
This is my favorite method because I have flashbacks of 1st grade making cardboard volcanoes and making it blow up with red food dye. For this cleaning method, forget the red dye. 
Place your ring at the bottom of a small cup. Pour enough baking soda on the bottom to coat your ring. Add vinegar and WATCH ER' BLOW! 
I usually take a shower after all the excitement has fizzled down and let my ring steep in the solution. You can brush your ring with a tooth brush if you like. Rinse and dry.
This is also a great option if green living is a priority!


3. Mixed Solution:
 This recipe is most like a commercial jewelry cleaner. 
Mix the following together in a small bowl:
 1 tablespoon of dish soap
1 tablespoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of warm water
Since I use Ajax dish soap which is pink, my solution looks heavenly. Pink and frothy!
Let your ring soak in this solution for 10 minutes. 
Brush if needed and rinse with cold water. Dry and wear!


The Finished Results:
Not bad for cleaning on the cheap!
Please remember that these cleaning tips are for diamonds ONLY. 
Other precious stones and pearls are porous and can not withstand these cleaning methods!
 Emeralds are oiled and when stripped of their natural state, they actually look broken, not CLEAN!

2 comments:

  1. Dearest Emily,
    Thank you so much for giving me ways to clean my ring. I have had it only 2 weeks and it's already dirty eventhough I take it off to clean and wash my hands!!! I'm excited to try these techniques out.

    P.S. - thanks for the shout out!!!

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  2. Keep that baby clean! You'll never regret it... and I'm sure your husband will appreciate it as well! Good luck with all the wedding planning and keep me updated. Lots of hugs and kisses xxoo

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