How To Clean Gold Diamond Earrings
Whether you spent years saving up to buy a pair of breathtaking earrings from a diamond earrings shop in Australia or if you’ve had them handed-down as a family heirloom, gold diamond earrings are prized possessions. They’re timeless and always in style–this is why they can be passed on from one generation to the next. But, like other fine jewellery, you must know how to clean and maintain them to keep their sparkle, especially if you wear diamond earrings every day. While having them professionally cleaned ensures that they’re properly cared for, you can also clean gold diamond earrings at home easily–and at a fraction of the cost.
How to Clean Gold Diamond Earrings at Home
You don’t need any special equipment to clean gold diamond earrings at home. You simply need a few simple ingredients, a toothbrush, and a soft cloth to do it. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your pair of earrings at home:
Check Your Jewellery
Before anything, inspect if your jewellery needs cleaning in the first place. While it’s good to keep them clean all the time, subjecting your gold diamond earrings to too many cleaning solutions–particularly stronger ones–can damage them or make them dull. There’s no hard rule as to how many times you need to clean them, but a good rule of thumb is to do so at least twice a month.
Be sure to check if your earrings also have any loose diamonds–you don’t want to lose anything while cleaning!
Make a Cleaning Solution
The first thing you need to clean gold diamond earrings is a cleaning solution. You can always buy a jewellery cleaning solution from the store, but there are also a couple of DIY options that you can try. To make a cleaning solution, you can mix a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of mild (unscented and undyed) dish soap or detergent, or mix one part ammonia with six parts warm water. If you’re opting for the second method, be careful, as ammonia can be a bit harsh on jewellery if you don’t get the proportions right.
Soak The Earrings
Once you have a cleaning solution ready, soak the earrings in it for a few minutes. If you’re using a store-bought cleaning solution, read the instructions for the recommended soak time. If you’re using the dish soap solution, soak it for just three to four minutes. When using the ammonia solution, soak it for up to twenty minutes.
You can also soak the earrings in club soda overnight, or in vodka for one to two minutes for a quick clean if you don’t have a cleaning solution available.
Clean The Earrings
Remove the earrings from the solution, then clean them with a soft toothbrush and a cloth. You may also need to rinse them in a bowl of warm water, depending on the cleaning solution you’ve used (if you used an ammonia solution, you will need to follow this step). After soaking, most of the dirt and debris should be softened or dislodged, and it should be easier to brush it all off. Rinse the earrings a final time, then dry them with a cloth. Make sure they’re completely dry before storing them.
How To Protect Your Gold Diamond Earrings
Knowing how to properly maintain your gold diamond earrings is another great way to keep them clean and sparkly. Here is a list of dos and don’ts you can follow to protect your jewellery:
While you can use some gold diamond earrings every day, you must remove them occasionally. Take them off if you’re doing any activity that involves sweat or dirt, as well as when you’re applying makeup, creams, hairspray, perfumes, or other chemicals onto your body. Similarly, avoid touching your jewellery with dirty hands as well as washing your face or body with your earrings on.
Avoid Using Harsh Products
We recommend that you avoid using products that may damage or tarnish your earrings, especially when cleaning them. Only use specially formulated cleaning solutions, and use mild ingredients to make DIY cleaning solutions.
Store Them Properly
Store your gold diamond earrings in a designated jewellery box to avoid dirt and scratches—or worse, losing them. Keep them away from anywhere that’s humid.
Get Them Professionally Cleaned
While you can regularly clean your earrings at home, it’s best to get them professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year too.
Get Gold Diamond Earrings That Last Forever
Gold diamond earrings can last forever with proper care and maintenance, which is made easier when you already have pieces that have been beautifully designed and well-crafted to begin with. Choose high-quality pieces from Holloway Diamonds to add to your collection—get your forever gold diamond earrings today!