Jewelry Care: Keeping Diamonds Looking New
By: Nikki Riela | February 26, 2019
Did you know that diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth? However, they are not indestructible – hit it hard enough or at the right angle and your diamond will chip. Proper care is vital to give your diamonds the longest life possible.
Storing Diamond Jewelry –
To properly store your jewelry, use a fabric lined jewelry case with separate compartments. Do not let your diamond jewelry touch/rub against other jewelry as it will cause scratches. If you do not have a fabric lined jewelry case, you can wrap your pieces in acid-free tissue paper or use jewelry pouches.
Make sure to have your jewelry professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year to preserve the lifespan of your jewelry. Keep in mind that creams, skin oils, soaps, etc. will cause build up and will make a diamond dull.
Keeping Diamonds Clean-
The first rule of diamonds is “DO NOT TOUCH YOUR DIAMOND”, If you do need to touch it do so sparingly. The oils on your hands will alter the way a diamond looks. Clean your diamond often – it is as simple as soaking it over night in an ammonia-based cleaner (Windex) and then lightly brushing it to remove the dirt, follow this with a quick rinse in warm water.
Make sure you keep your diamonds away from chlorine, bleach and any other harmful chemicals that could change and ruin your jewelry.
General Care –
In this section we will briefly mention things to avoid that should be general knowledge but some of us forget these things more often than we care to admit.
· Do not wear your diamond jewelry while doing rough work (gardening, working out, etc.) as any hard blow will chip the rock.
· Never wear your jewelry into pools or hot tubs as the chlorine will damage and discolor the mounting.
· Remove your jewelry when cleaning or wear cleaning gloves as chemicals will also discolor and damage the mounting and make your diamonds dull.
All of these tips and pieces of information will help your jewelry’s life span and will keep all of your pieces looking brand new!