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The secret to keeping any jewelry looking brand-new is proper care. While having high-end pieces professionally cleaned once in a while is never a bad idea, you should also familiarize yourself with how to bathe them at home. In addition to removing dirt, oil and chemicals that could cause damage, cleaning your jewelry provides you with an opportunity to thoroughly inspect your pieces for loose settings, missing stones, etc. 

If you are nervous about cleaning your most treasured pieces of jewelry, like nameplate hoop earrings or diamond earrings, don’t despair! Learning how to clean diamond earrings at home is easier than you might think, and doing so will keep your favorite accessories looking their best for years. Keep reading to discover how to safely clean your diamond earrings in five easy steps. 

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How Often Should You Clean Your Diamond Earrings? 

To keep your earrings looking their best, we recommend cleaning them weekly using the steps below. This prevents dirt and oil buildup. We also encourage you to have your earrings cleaned by professional jewelers every six months or so. 

Step One: Put Your Earrings in Warm Water

Fill a small bowl with warm water and place it on a flat surface. To avoid losing your earrings down the drain in the event of a spill, don’t put the bowl in your sink! Instead, choose a smooth surface in an area where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. If you must use your sink, make sure the drain is completely plugged. Carefully put the earrings in the bowl. We suggest not crowding the bowl with multiple jewelry pieces, especially since diamonds can scratch gold. 

Step Two: Add a Few Drops of Soap

Add a few drops of gentle liquid dish soap. Avoid products containing fragrances and/or dyes as such additives could damage your earrings. Carefully mix the solution, moving the earrings around in the process. This should loosen and remove surface dirt. 

Step Three: Give Your Earrings Time to Soak

Leave the earrings in the solution for at least 30 minutes. If they’re overdue for a good cleaning, you can leave them in a bit longer. Just remember to keep an eye on them. Gently move them around in the water every so often to help loosen debris. 

Step Four: Gently Remove Any Remaining Dirt

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When your earrings are done soaking, they could still have some dirt stuck in the settings and other tiny crevices. Use a soft children’s toothbrush to remove any debris, taking care to avoid scrubbing with too much force. 

Step Five: Rinse and Dry

Fill another shallow bowl with warm water and use it to rinse your earrings. This is much safer than rinsing under running water. You may need to empty and refill the bowl a few times to make sure all of the soap is gone. After the soap is washed off, pat your jewelry dry with a soft microfiber cloth. Use a new cloth made specifically for jewelry to eliminate the possibility of transferring dust or chemicals to your earrings. 

Does This Technique Work for Other Types of Jewelry? 

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Yes! You can use this method to clean your rose gold chains, diamond bracelets and more. It’s an excellent technique when you need to remove dirt and debris from Cuban link chains for women, too. Unlike chemical cleaners and ultrasonic cleaning machines, soap and gentle dish soap are safe for all metals and gemstones. Just be sure to dry the pieces completely before wearing or storing them to prevent tarnishing and other types of damage. 


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You don’t have to be a jewelry expert to make your diamond earrings sparkle. All you need to do to keep them looking their best is follow the steps above. Give this process a try today and you might just be surprised at how effective it is!

July 04, 2022

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