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Every Black by Brian Gavin is crafted with intense attention to detail and handled with obsessive care. It takes ongoing maintenance to ensure your diamond has the best sparkle—and overall light performance—every day moving forward.

How Often Should Jewelry Be Cleaned and Polished?

We recommend that jewelry be cleaned and inspected by a qualified jeweler at least twice per year, to ensure that the prongs or bezel that hold diamonds and colored gems in place are tight and secure, and that the metal is checked for wear and stress.

An easy way to remember when to bring your jewelry in for repair is to simply schedule an appointment for an inspection whenever the time changes for daylight savings time.

Can I Clean My Jewelry At Home?

In the event that your local jeweler isn’t able to accommodate your scheduling needs for a jewelry cleaning and polishing, here is a quick and easy method for cleaning your gold, platinum, and diamond jewelry:

  • Mix 50% warm water and 50% regular household ammonia in a small bowl or mug. Place your jewelry in a snap-close wire mesh tea strainer, and allow it to soak in the warm solution for 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Remove jewelry from the strainer, and then scrub lightly around the prongs with a children’s soft-bristle toothbrush. Place the item back in the wire mesh strainer, rinse it clean under warm running water, and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Note: this method of cleaning should only be used for your diamond jewelry items made of 14k–18k gold or platinum, but not for any colored gems other than rubies or sapphires. Additionally, this method of cleaning should only be used if the items are in good condition and have been regularly maintained by a qualified jeweler. It’s always a good idea to ask your jeweler if this method of cleaning is safe for the specific jewelry item that you want cleaned.

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