Make Your Diamonds Sparkle.

OK, well let me say firstly that I’m sure someone stole April this year…… I mean, did April even happen? Last thing I remember it was March, now BOOM! It’s May.

Karen Gunton of recently blogged that April is the new January. I’m feeling that, Karen, I really am. And if that’s the case, May is the new February and I’m right on track….woohoo!

Blog Collage May 2104

Today, I have something special to give you.

In my last post, I told you I would share the recipe for my Diamond Jewellery Cleaner so here it is…..

Jewellery Cleaner

It’s simple to whip up, will take just minutes to get those diamonds sparkling again and can be made with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. Even better, it costs peanuts! Let’s get to it…..

Before I get to the details, it’s probably best to tell you the reason your diamonds get a dull look after a while. The dullness is caused by a layer of grease and oil that is left behind from things such as soap, hand creams, make-up and hair products or just the natural oils from your skin. Then, any dust, dirt or (ewww) even dead skin cells, stick to the greasy layer and build up underneath the stone. Oh yes, this is why I go completely bonkers when I see people kneading dough or making meatballs with their rings on….all that crud gets into your food people!! OK, that’s a discussion for another day, I need to breathe again.

A clean diamond refracts light which is why it sparkles (a diamond is actually like a tiny room of mirrors) but the dullness from the layer of dirt inhibits the refraction effect. Kind of like shining a torch onto a dirty mirror.

This cleaning solution, combined with the very hot water simply dissolves the grease and grime, allowing your diamond to shine at its full potential again. OK, let’s do it.

What you’ll need:

jewellery cleaner 01Ammonia – cloudy or clear, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t have ammonia and can’t wait to try this cleaner out, you can use a good window cleaner (like Windex) instead.

Dishwashing Detergent – it is best to use a decent cuts-through-grease type brand. The cheap and nasties will not work as well.

A kettle to boil water and a glass or ceramic bowl.

What to do:

Pop the kettle on to boil. Meanwhile, put about a tablespoon each of the detergent and ammonia into the bowl.

When the kettle has boiled, pour the water into the bowl to about a couple of centimetres deep. Since the kettle’s just boiled, why not go ahead and make yourself a cuppa?

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Pop your diamond jewellery into the hot solution and let it soak for about five minutes. The hot water and detergents will dissolve any oil or greasy residue that is stuck to your diamonds. If there is still some grime under there, just repeat the process. If your diamond is really gunked up (yes, that is a technical term), you can use a soft toothbrush to loosen the dirt by using a tapping motion from the back and sides of the diamond.

Cleaner collage2

Once all the grease and dirt is lifted, just rinse off and dry with a soft tissue. Put on your sunglasses because that diamond is gonna sparkle!!

You can use this cleaner as often as you like. It can be used with other gemstones too, just let the boiling water cool off for a few minutes in the bowl first. Don’t use this for opal, turquoise, pearls or emeralds.

This cleaner also makes a great gift. Just get a pretty little bottle, and fill with half ammonia and half detergent. Print a cute little label with instructions and you’re done.

From the Workshop

For those of you waiting for more classes, it won’t be long. I’ve taken a short break from doing classes as I have just had too much going on to really be able to organise everything properly. Undoubtedly, the most popular class from the last few months has been the wax-carving class and I will definitely be doing this again soon. The results from the last class were just amazing.

Wax Jane Wax Melissa

I’m also working on another new class, which I’m calling “Let’s Twist!”. Here’s a sneak peek at some sample pieces I am playing around with…….

Twist jewellery class

Keep an eye out on here on my website, or on my Facebook page where I’ll post details as soon as they are available. If you haven’t done so already, you may also wish to sign up for my newsletter so you’ll be notified as soon as new classes are scheduled.

And finally… know you want it….Possum update!

My little possums are all grown up. Goofy is in his big aviary and ready to be released this week. It’s a big step, there’ll be some fretting, some sooking no doubt and a whole lot of separation anxiety. But enough about me….

It will be so hard to see him go, but so nice that he is off to have a good possum life out there where he really should be.

Junior has just all of a sudden grown up. He has just moved into his own outdoor aviary so it won’t be long until he too heads out into the big wide possum world. Meanwhile, I’m just sucking in the cuteness as much as I can.

Junior getting used to his new home.

Junior getting used to his new home.