Cleaning a Diamond Before Selling it

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Before you sell, or photograph a diamond ring it is very important to clean it properly. You should be surprised at the amount of dirt and grime that builds up on a ring that you wear every day. If you want to have some fun, get out a digital camera, or use a cell phone with a camera in it and take a before and after picture. The difference will shock you.

Clean your ring carefully and PLEASE BE SURE TO CLOSE OR PLUG THE DRAIN if you are doing it over the sink. We don’t offer a tutorial on how to fish your ring from the pipes below your sink…

It isn’t too complicated to clean a ring. The easiest way is to use some dish soap and an old toothbrush. But if your feeling more adventurous you can use some ammonia. Mix Ammonia with warm water, 0.25 parts ammonia to 1 part water and let the ring soak, the dry it gently.

If you are using dish soap, it is best to scrub it with an old toothbrush. The dish soap isn’t as strong as the ammonia mixture, so you need to add a little elbow grease (a little, but not too much). The settings are remarkably strong, but you don’t need to test them out just to clean your ring. If you do want to polish the actual ring, and not the diamond, be careful to get as little polish on the stone as possible. It shouldn’t hurt the diamond, but it can be tough to get off. Clean the metal first, then clean the stone.

Even a little cleaning can go a long way.

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