Nobody wants to show off a dull, dirty or chipped stone; diamonds are supposed to sparkle and shine! To keep each diamond brilliant, it’s important to take proper care of the stone.
The easiest and fastest way to permanently damage a diamond is by chipping it. For this reason, diamonds should never be worn while doing any type of rough work. Sure, diamonds are durable… but they aren’t invincible!
You also want to avoid doing any heavy cleaning while wearing diamonds. Chlorine bleach can cause damage and discoloration to the mounting.
Don’t just throw all of your jewelry together in a box; that can cause scratches. Instead, you could use a fabric-lined jewelry box with separate compartments, you could put each piece in a jewelry pouch, or you could even wrap each piece individually in tissue paper or cloth.
Diamond jewelry should also never be left on the rim of a sink; it’s very easy for it to fall and slip down the drain.
It’s important to be careful of what gets on your diamond; hand lotion, soap, even your skin’s natural oils can cause a diamond to get soiled or smudged. The best way to keep a diamond in its best shape is to clean it regularly.
You can use an ammonia-based household cleaner to clean a diamond. Let it soak in the solution overnight once or twice weekly, then softly brush the stone with a toothbrush.
Another option is to use a mixture of mild dish detergent and water. Use a soft brush to create a lather, then place the stone in a strainer and rinse with warm water.
Finally, you could buy a product designed to clean jewelry. One option is a professional jewelry cleaner; with most brands, all you need to do is dip the stone into the solution. Another option is to use an ultrasonic cleaner, a small machine that uses ultrasound and a cleaning solvent to clean fragile or delicate items, such as jewelry.
About once a year, it’s a good idea to have a professional jeweler take a look at your diamond jewelry. They can check for loose prongs, and ensure the mounting is still strong. A loose setting increases the risk of damaging, or even losing, the stone.
This article was contributed by Frank Fisher.