Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are our only weapon to fight against the novel coronavirus. The pandemic has made a huge impact on our social and personal life. Now we sanitize our hands every now and then to keep ourselves safe and healthy. But, while you are keeping yourself safe, have you thought about how these cleaning agents affect your real diamond jewellery?
The level of damage the sanitizer will have on your jewellery depends on the constituents of the hand sanitizer you use.
There are two types of hand sanitizers: Alcohol-based and non-alcohol based.
The non-alcohol based sanitizers use chlorine as one of their ingredients.
The alcohol-based sanitizers are not capable of removing tough, albeit thin, rhodium that’s on a piece of jewellery. Government officials recommend using alcohol-based sanitizers that contain a minimum of 60% alcohol.
Excessive exposure of cleaning agents on your bling can make tarnish a little bit faster, but it won’t cause immediate damage. However, contact with cleaning agents such as chlorine, bleach, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers will break down the brilliance of metals and gems over the course of time. The cleaning agents won’t only run the risk of dulling the lustre of your ring, but you can also destroy the setting, too. Extensive hand sanitizer use can also loosen prongs that hold diamonds in place.
How does the hand sanitizers / soaps affect your diamond ring?
Washing hands with soaps is not a new practice and jewellery is made to stand that, but it will not be able to stand against the exposure of strong bacteria-fighting agents of hand sanitizers. Thus, your ring is bound to lose its shine and endure irreversible damages.
To save your ring for the long term, remove it while applying the sanitizer. And when your hands are completely dry, bring back where it belongs.
Effects of alcohol-based sanitizers containing antiseptic and disinfectants that prevent the growth of microorganisms on your real diamond jewellery -
➔ Diminished brilliance
➔ Lack of metal shine
➔ Dulled ring and gemstone lustre
➔ Loosened engagement ring prongs
➔ Buildup between gemstones and metalwork
How to keep your jewellery safe?
➔ Remove your jewellery when you apply hand sanitizer or wash your hands.
➔ Choose a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol instead of a higher concentration.
How to clean your jewellery?
➔ Soak them in a bowl of warm and fragrance-free soap or dishwashing soap.
➔ If possible, soak your ring in an ultrasonic cleaner a few times a week.
In these uncertain times, it’s important to take control of what you can control. In the case of your diamond couple rings and the fashion diamond rings, you can stay proactive with your sanitizer, remove jewellery to minimize exposure to toxins, and give your jewellery the shine it deserves. When in doubt — remove your jewellery, because it’s not worth risking the growth of bacteria to showcase your bling. Safety first!
Stay safe, stay healthy.