Ok guys, if you’re a regular reader or follower on one of my social media channels, you know I come from a family of jewelers. I also have an online jewelry shop of gorgeous 14k gold and diamond necklaces. Keep your jewelry gorgeous by following my tips for how to clean diamonds.
Learning how to clean diamonds properly is not difficult, especially if you have an ultrasonic cleaner. Don’t let the name fool you, ultrasonic cleaners aren’t very expensive and they are vital for keeping your jewelry looking fabulous.
I’m often surprised that more people don’t have their own jewelry cleaners at home! When my girlfriends come over, they often clean their jewelry in my ultrasonic cleaner. They are shocked how great their diamond jewelry looks after!
It’s funny what we think is “normal” based on our own lives, we believe is everyone else’s normal too. I learn every day how this is not the case – we all have our quirky differences in life, down to how we fold our laundry (don’t ask me how I do, cuz it’s not pretty). Our wedding rings and nice jewelry we own – they MUST be clean when we wear them! Otherwise, it’s similar to going out with a big stain on your shirt!
So, whether you buy an ultrasonic cleaner or not, I have you covered!
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Choosing the Right Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
I purchased my cleaner years ago from my hometown jeweler. They use the same one at their store. It cost about $150, but I cannot find it online.
Finding an ultrasonic cleaner with similar specifications is more important than buying the exact same model. This cleaner has been effective at cleaning all of my jewelry. I’ve listed the important features you need to look for below. Cleaners can get complicated- They can be professional-level which costs thousands of dollars or home level at less than $100 which is just fine for our purposes.
Ideal home jewelry cleaner characteristics
- A heater – water must be warm in order to loosen dirt
- Ultrasonic Power of at least 50W
- Ultrasonic Frequency 60Hz or higher
- A timer
It’s important to note – this type of cleaner should be used for hard stones like diamonds with genuine gold or platinum. Stones should be on prongs. Tiny stones like pave or very delicate jewelry should not be cleaned in this type of cleaner. The ultrasonic vibration may loosen the stones from the setting.
My Recommended Ultrasonic Cleaner for less than $50
- 1.3Pt/0.6L, white color
- Stainless Steel Tank, Tank Size (oval)
- Ultrasonic Frequency 42 KHz, Ultrasonic Power 110W + Heating Power 35W
This unit is small but does the job. It’s received positive reviews and is found on many “best cleaners” lists.
My top choice ultrasonic cleaner available online
- 3.2 L
- Stainless steel construction. Auto stand-by and sleep mode.
- Ultrasonic Frequency 40KHz; Ultrasonic Power 120W + Heating Power 100W
I prefer this one because I like there to be more liquid for my jewelry to sit in while it cleans. The water doesn’t get dirty as fast, and I can fit in more jewelry at once. It is larger than the last option, ultrasonic power is slightly higher, and it heats faster.
For the ultrasonic cleaners above, the cleaning solution to use is diluted Mr. Clean (1 tbs) with water. The combination of the solution, heat, and ultrasonic vibration to loosen dirt from the jewelry’s tiny crevasses. Your rings will sparkle and shine like new.
How to Clean Diamonds without An Ultrasonic Cleaner
Although I prefer having a cleaner with the characteristics above, this is how to clean diamonds by simpler means.
Diluted Mr. Clean with water
You don’t need to buy special jewelry cleaner to get your diamonds sparkly! Instead, mix 1 part Mr. Clean (green solution) with 3 parts water.
Warm up your water/cleaner solution, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Do not put your jewelry into the microwave.
- Let the jewelry soak for several minutes in the warm solution – make sure to heat the liquid.
- Brush gently with a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Rinse off with clean tap water.
- Lay on clean paper towels or a soft cloth.
- Don’t use anything too fibrous to wipe jewelry; small fibers can get caught up in jewelry with prongs.
How to Clean Diamonds – My Routine
I clean the jewelry I wear day-to-day at least once per week. I put the pieces in my heated and timed cleaner before jumping in the shower for 10-15 minutes. After removing, I use a jewelry brush or toothbrush to loosen any remaining dirt, rinse and then lay flat to dry.
Quick, easy and my diamonds sparkle like new.
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