Jewelry Care: Keeping Diamonds Looking New

By: Nikki Riela | February 26, 2019

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

 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.

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

 

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.

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

 

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.

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

Photo courtesy of: Stuller

 

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!

Jay Garcia