No Time? No Problem! Diamond Cleaning in a Time Crunch

Diamonds are nature’s most beautiful gift. They decorate our most prized possessions, adorn our fingers and ears with glamor and sparkle, and represent love, adoration, and commitment. Naturally, we all want to keep our diamonds looking their best but, with busy schedules and, sometimes, a lack of readily available information, it can be hard to keep up with the care and cleaning that your diamonds need (we can’t all devote the time and energy it takes to properly learn all of the ins and outs of diamond care). So, in order to help you care for your diamonds to the best of your ability, I’m going to give you a list of some important diamond cleaning tips with varying degrees of time commitments attached!


  • The Soap and Water Method - One of the easiest and most common ways to clean and shine your diamonds, the soap and water method, is a method that takes between 20-40 minutes, but requires little engagement from you during the process. This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like! Soak your diamond jewelry in clean, bleach-free soap and warm water for anywhere between 20-40 minutes (depending on how often you clean it). Then, run it under clean, cold water to rinse off any soap residue and wipe the piece completely dry with a clean, lint free cloth. Most professionals recommend that if you’re soaking the piece in or around a sink, put down a rubber mat to account for the slight chance that any of your stone settings are loose and a diamond comes out. Soap and WaterA mat will catch the loose diamond, making it visible to you before it even has a chance to become lost. The perk of this method is that you can place your jewelry in the cleaning solution and continue to get things done while they soak and clean! It is recommended that you clean your jewelry using methods like this either weekly or bi-weekly depending on your activity level and how often you wear the piece (rings worn daily may require more cleaning, while a necklace that is only worn once in a while will require less).


  • Toothbrush Scrub Method - For a deeper clean, this method is easy and can take only 3-5 minutes! To start, it is important that you have selected a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush that is reserved ONLY for cleaning your jewelry. Then, wet the brush and gently scrub the stone until dirt, grease, and impurities are removed. Be sure to clean the back of the diamond as well as the front if possible. A clean diamond will catch light from behind and project it beautifully, creating the dazzling sparkle that diamonds are known for. If the back is dirty, however, this stunning natural shine can be dulled. This scrubbing method can be done after the soap and water method, or on its own as a quick clean. Gently scrub your jewelry as often as you feel they need a deeper clean.


  • Jewelry Cleaner - Jewelry cleaner is another good option for quickly and effectively cleaning your diamond jewelry. Most jewelry store supplied jewelry cleaners are safe for diamonds, but be sure to double check with a jewelry professional before using as some cleaners contain ammonia which can be harmful for softer gemstones that may be set alongside your diamonds. Cleaning your diamond jewelry with a jewelry cleaning solution can take anywhere between 5-10 minutes depending on whether you opt for a quick wipe, or you soak the piece in the cleaner for a bit longer. 


  • Steam and Ultrasonic Cleaners - If you have a bit more time to commit to the cleaning of your jewelry, you can bring your piece to a professional jeweler to have it cleaned in a steam or ultrasonic cleaner. These cleanings can take anywhere between an hour to a few days depending on the availability of your jeweler and whether you opt to have your jewelry inspected as well. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are best used by professionals as they can loosen or damage stones that are improperly set or loosened due to wear over time. At Day’s Jewelers, we offer a free cleaning and inspection service every 6 months for any of your jewelry purchased with us and encourage you to take advantage of it! 


Whatever method you have time for right now, your diamonds are sure to thank you for the care! For more information about diamonds, visit the Day's Diamond Education page or feel free to Contact Us with any questions you still have. 



Kyra Zabel

Kyra Zabel

Day's Jewelers Content & Copywriter