Cubic zirconia, often used as a diamond alternative because of their low cost, are virtually indistinguishable from a genuine diamond when set in jewelry such as earrings, with a sparkle and flash of color similar to high-quality diamonds. Cleaning cubic zirconia jewelry is simpler than you might think. By following simple cleaning techniques, cubic zirconia will maintain their brilliance for the life of the jewelry.
Similar to diamond earrings, cubic zirconia earrings need to be frequently cleaned to maintain their radiance and shine. An easy way to remove scum build-up on cubic zirconia jewelry is to brush the gem using a mild soap and warm water solution. The solution should consist of one part mild soap, such as dishwashing detergent, and two parts warm water. Use a soft bristle brush, such as a toothbrush, and brush carefully to remove any deposits. Then rinse the earrings in hot water and pat dry with a clean cloth. If additional cleaning is required, soak the earrings in the mild soap and warm water solution for a couple minutes and then brush again. Repeat this procedure until the desired appearance is achieved. Drying the earrings thoroughly will prevent any soap residue from forming a film that will diminish the appearance of the stone.
If the brushing method does not produce adequate results, the cubic zirconia earrings can be taken to a jeweler. The jeweler will give them a high-pressure steam clean or use an ultrasonic cleaner, as would be done with diamond earrings. These processes will remove any remaining deposits from the cubic zirconia jewelry and will not damage the stones.
Cubic zirconia earrings should be cleaned regularly. The cleaning schedule should be based on the frequency of use. For instance, if they are worn every day, cleaning the earrings once a week would be sufficient. One basic rule to follow in order to minimize the necessary cleaning of cubic zirconia jewelry is to apply all hair spray and make up before putting on the jewelry. Avoiding exposure to abrasive chemicals, such as substances with bleach or ammonia in them, and chlorinated swimming water will also preserve the life and appearance of the cubic zirconia earrings. Following these simple tips on cleaning cubic zirconia earrings will ensure that they will maintain their original radiant sparkle for whatever occasion they are worn.
Matthew Bollinger has been writing professionally since 2009. He has worked as both a design engineer and manufacturing engineer. His writing has appeared on eHow and Answerbag. Bollinger has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.