How to Clean Diamond Earrings at Home

Remove the gunk so your diamond earrings shine.
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Aside from being totally pricey and way enviable, diamond earrings are a timeless piece of jewelry you can rock with a pair of jeans or a formal gown. Diamond is one of the hardest substances on earth, but this doesn't mean you can neglect your studs with improper care. Instead, keep your diamond earrings sparkling like they did the day you first laid eyes on them by cleaning and storing the stone and the metal properly.

Create a mixture of 1 cup lukewarm water and 1 teaspoon mild dish soap in a small bowl. Stir the water with your fingers until it suds. Use a dish soap that doesn't contain any dyes or perfumes that could damage the metal.

Lower the diamond earrings into the soapy water and let them soak for three or four minutes. This loosens any dirt or oils on the metal or behind the diamond setting.

Grab one of the diamond earrings and dampen a soft-bristled toothbrush with the soapy water. Carefully hold the diamond earring in your hand while you scrub the stone and the metal with the toothbrush.

Place the earring back into the water and grab the second earring. Scrub this one with the soapy water-soaked soft-bristled toothbrush as well. Carefully drop this earring back into the water and let them both soak for one or two minutes.

Pull the earrings from the water and place them on a paper towel or a washcloth. Empty the soapy water from the bowl and rinse it out. Refill the bowl with plain water.

Hold the earrings in your hand and pour the water from the bowl over them to rinse off the soapy water. Never rinse the diamond earrings under the tap, or you could lose one in the sink's drain.

Pat the earrings dry with a soft washcloth. Store the earrings in the display box they came in or place them in a separate drawer or compartment of your jewelry box. Whatever you choose, don't store the diamond earrings with other jewelry. The diamond is hard and could scratch the other piece.

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.