How to Clean Diamond Hoop Earrings

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yellow gold diamond hoop earring

Diamonds can get dirty and dirt on the surface causes them to lose their brilliance. One of the ways to prevent this from happening is to try not to touch the diamonds with your fingers, especially right after you have put lotion on your hands! Also, be sure to spray your hair prior to putting your hoop earrings on so that the spray doesn’t get on the surface of the earring.

1. Hot Water and Soap: Run your faucet until the water is very hot. Then close your drain! If your drain doesn’t come with a stopper of some sort, take a small plate and turn it upside down over the drain - we don't want you to lose your earrings! Take a small amount of liquid soap and rub it over the diamonds and the gold surface. Make sure your soap doesn’t have any abrasives (i.e. Comet) Then, wipe it gently with your fingers until you have removed all the “gunk” that has accumulated on your earring. If you are able, use a soft eyebrow brush or mini-toothbrush to remove the dirt under the diamonds. Then, run the hot water over the earring until all the soap is gone and the diamonds have a shiny appearance and the gold is clean. Don’t use paper towels or anything paper to dry the earrings, because they have very small abrasive material in them. Use the softest cloth you can find, like flannel, and make sure it’s clean. You don’t want anything in the cloth to scratch the surface of the gold. Again, don’t touch the surface of the diamonds with your fingers as the diamonds will take the oil right off your finger and then it will be on the surface of the diamond and begin to accumulate dirt again. 

2. Microwavable Hot Water and Soap: Put two parts water, one part gentle cleanser like Woolite or a gentle dishwashing soap (not dishwasher soap), and one part ammonia into a Pyrex dish or some other dish that is microwave safe. When you get the solution very hot (about 30 seconds on high), remove the dish and then gently place the diamond hoop earrings into the dish. Allow them to soak for 10-20 minutes. Then remove and rub gently with your fingers to remove any dirt. Use a toothbrush or other kind of brush ONLY on the under part of the diamonds to remove any accumulated dirt from there. Don’t use it on the gold part of the hoop earring as it can scratch the surface of the gold. If you have to use something else besides your finger, use a very small piece of flannel cloth to wipe them. Then rinse them off well with warm water in a sink where the drain is stopped or covered with an inverted plate. Once the soapy residue is removed, dry them with a very soft, non-abrasive cloth so the gold surface is buffed shiny and not scratched. The ammonia will clean the diamonds well but it has also been known to be rough on the gold metal so you don’t want to leave your earrings soaking in this solution for more than about 20 minutes as the ammonia could pit the gold or loosen the diamonds in their setting. You can save the cleaning solution you made for multiple washes until it gets visibly dirty.

3. Take to a local jeweler: Ask him/her to clean them. They will put your hoop earrings in a special cleaning solution that will vibrate while the earrings are suspended in the warm solution. Then after a few minutes, the jeweler will gently hold the earring in rubber-tipped tweezers and put them under a stream of steam that comes out of a professional steam machine. Then, the hoops will be dried with a gentle cloth and brought back to you nice and shiny. This should be a free service. Make sure the person who is going to clean your jewelry has had experience doing it and was not just hired last week.

Remember, in order for you to be at your best, your jewelry must also be at its best.  Using one of these three methods to clean your diamond hoop earrings will keep them looking radiant and brilliant, and will almost guarantee that all eyes will be on you and your beautiful diamond hoops the next time you step into the room.  For more information and fashion inspiration, make sure you check out our unique collection of diamond hoop earrings!

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