Cleaning your jewellery

Cleaning your jewellery

Always bring your jewellery in to Bicknells on a regular basis (every 6-9 Months) for a professional full clean and check, this is normally free on all our pieces with proof of purchase and will usually allow us to advise you prior to any issues that may arise.

How to clean your jewellery at home

Diamond jewellery

One of the most convenient methods of cleaning your diamond jewellery is to use mild washing up liquid mixed with lukewarm water: normally 1 part washing up liquid to 20 parts water. You should leave your diamond jewellery to soak for approximately half an hour. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and gently clean the item, making sure you also clean behind the setting itself. Make sure that when doing this, you use a bowl filled with warm water and do not clean your diamond rings or diamond jewellery over an open sink. When finished, simply dip the item in some cold water and pat dry with a clean soft cloth.The ring mount and other jewellery
Most gold and platinum jewellery can be cleaned with warm soap water and a soft toothbrush. We do not recommend abrasives, as this can cause scratching.Care for gem set piecesDon't keep diamond pieces stored together as they are likely to scratch each other. Some stones can also be quite porous and you should therefore avoid immersing them in water for too long, e.g. opal and turquoise. Some semi/precious stones can also be damaged by sunlight, including amethyst, aquamarine and opal. Take care to protect these stones from direct sunlight when they are not being worn.

Safety guide to cleaning gemstones

Safe in anything:
  • Diamonds
  • Spinel
Safe in lukewarm but not very hot water, safe in silver cleaning fluid:
  • Rubies (unless lead-glass filled)
  • Sapphires
  • Aquamarine
  • Amethyst
  • Tourmaline
  • Topaz
Safe in lukewarm water, do not soak in silver cleaning fluid:
  • Tanzanite
  • Garnet
  • Jade
  • Peridot
  • Moonstone
Don't soak in anything:
  • Emerald
  • Pearls (includes cultured, simulated and Mother of Pearl)
  • Opal
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Coral
  • Amber
Don't get this wet:
  • Turquoise

For more information

Please contact us if you need any more information on cleaning your jewellery. We will be happy to answer any of your questions.