How To Care For Your Diamonds
- How To Care For Your Diamonds
How to Care for your Diamonds
Diamond requires periodical cleaning to retain its beauty and luster to last for a lifetime. Through day to day activities, diamonds get smudged and soiled. Even when they are not worn, they collect dust. Lotions, soaps and natural skin oils, can cause development of a film of grime over the gem and inhibits their brilliance. Diamonds require regular cleaning so that maximum light can be reflected and refracted giving out fiery brilliance.
Taking the opinion of a professional can be of great help as he/she may inform about the condition of your diamond or diamond jewelry.
Handle your Diamond Sparingly
Diamonds attract dirt and grease. The natural oils from the skin, moisturizers and dirt keeps collecting on the gem over a period of time and may alter their appearance and luster. Therefore, if possible, the diamond jewelry should be used occasionally.
Mild Liquid Detergent
Soak your jewelry in a small bowl of warm, soapy water made with any mild liquid detergent. Gently brush the diamond jewelry with a soft toothbrush while it is in the suds. Then, rinse each piece under warm running water. Pat it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure to always stopper your sink.
Another method for getting a sparkling diamond is to soak the diamond in an ammonia based household cleaner, overnight, once or twice in a week. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush (one that has not previously been used in any way, and that you reserve exclusively for cleaning your diamond) to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt. Swish in the solution a second time, rinse and drain on tissue paper.
Use any reputed brand name jewelry cleaner and use it according to the instructions given on the label. Avoid harmful solutions. Chlorine (as in household bleach) or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamonds, especially those which are set in jewelry. These erode some of the metals often used in diamond settings, and may loosen prongs, or even dissolve the metal completely
By sending high frequency sound waves through a detergent solution, ultrasonic cleaners cause vibrating fluid to remove accumulated dirt and grime. However, they can also shake loose stones from their mounting, so this method shouldn't be used on fragile settings (or estate jewelry), and is best undertaken by a professional jeweler.
Avoid Touching the diamonds or diamond jewelry: Touching clean gems with fingers may cause dirt and natural skin oils to stick to its surface. Therefore handle diamonds with a lint free cloth as much as possible.
Occasional cleaning of diamond jewelry is not enough to keep a piece of jewelry as good as new for a long time. Proper care of the jewelry includes, along with cleaning, visit to a jeweler once a year. Make him check for any lose mountings or prongs that hold the diamond in place. This would help preventing the diamond falling out of its setting and being lost.
Lose diamonds should be stored in a fabric lined jewel case or in a proper jewelry box where these lose diamonds can be kept separately from other jewelry. Each piece of diamond in the jewelry box should have its own compartment to avoid scratching of diamonds from one another as well as other jewelry.
Diamond jewelry should be removed while doing physical work. Bleaches and household cleaners should not be allowed to come in contact with diamond, because they can change the color of settings or mountings, and can chemically react with diamond's surface and produce color changes. Extra care should be taken while storing the jewelry while traveling. There are many specially designed cases for jewelry available in different sizes. They have a velvet lining inside to attach pins and earrings and compartments to place bracelets and necklaces.
Wrist Watches Containing Diamonds
A wrist watch containing diamonds should not be "dipped" in any liquid. The best method for cleaning diamond watches is to use a jeweler's polishing cloth to clean all metal surfaces of the watch and bracelet. Clean gently on the diamonds, rough abrasive polishing can loosen them in their settings. Never let any jewelry come in contact with chlorine bleach.
Wearing a diamond ring 24 hours a day can lead to accumulation of soap scum and oils etc on the diamond especially the girdle and inside the setting. So it demands regular cleaning.
Periodically see your jeweler at least once a year get the jewelry checked for any lose settings or professional cleaning. If you have not purchased your ring yet, consider getting platinum over gold due to platinum's superior strength. Platinum jewelry is safer in settings for diamonds. A two toned ring with platinum head for diamonds and a gold shank can be an option to save on budget.
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