Tips for Diamond Care
Do not wear diamond jewelry, especially rings when washing dishes, gardening or during household repairs. Even though diamond is one of the hardest materials in nature, a sharp, sudden blow can still chip it.
Have your diamond set in a relatively protective setting, and avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewelry by its edges.
Exposure your jewelry to household chemicals, like chlorine bleach, chlorine and hairspray, which can damage and discolor the mounting on your diamond jewelry. Periodic cleanings are crucial if you want to keep it brilliant and prismatic.
Be sure to store your diamond in a fabric-lined case or in a box with dividers or separate compartments--diamonds can scratch other jewelry, especially soft items like pearls, as well as each other.
If you notice a loose stone setting, do not wear the jewelry until you have taken it to a professional jeweler for repair. Avoid setting diamonds in very soft metals, like 24 karat gold, which bend easily.
In general, you should have a professional jeweler both clean and check the security of your setting, while you watch, once a year
Dirt, chemicals, makeup, perspiration, natural oils from your skin and in the air can cause buildup that dulls the surface of a diamond, reducing its brilliance, oxidize or discolor the mountings. Keeping your jewelry clean will maximize its brilliance. Here are ways you can clean your diamonds:
a gentle scrubbing with a soft-bristle brush in a solution of plain alcohol diluted in warm water.
Use a soft, non-metallic brush and a solution of one part ammonia to six parts water. Gently scrub away any dirt, especially any buildup around the prongs or setting. Be careful not to scratch the metal of your setting.
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Prepare a small bowl of warm suds using any mild household liquid detergent (be sure not to use any cleaners containing chlorine). Brush the jewelry with a soft brush until you have created a lather around it. With the jewelry on a plastic or metal strainer, rinse off with warm water (be sure not to clean your jewelry over the drain!) Pat your jewelry dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Cold Water Soak:
Make a solution of 4 parts cold-water and 1 part very mild dishwashing detergent. Soak the pieces for several minutes. Lift out and tap gently around all sides of the mounting with a soft brush. Rinse the pieces in the solution once more and drain on tissue paper.
Buy one of the brand name liquid jewelry cleaners, choosing the one that is best for the kind of stones and metals in your jewelry. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Do not touch your clean diamonds with your fingers, as the oils from your hands will leave a film on the stone.
There are many types of these small machines available to the public today. They will clean any piece of jewelry that can be soaked in a liquid within a matter of minutes. These machines often have a metal cup, which is filled with water and detergent. When the machine is turned on, a high-frequency turbulence is created. Avoid putting emeralds and pearls in ultrasonic cleaners.
NOTE: Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before using these machines. The above methods are not appropriate for pearls, opals, lapis, corals and many other gems. A very quick dip in plain lukewarm water is suggested for these fragile pieces.
Periodic ultrasonic cleanings by your local jeweler are also recommended to clean hard-to-reach areas under the settings.