Diamonds: the strongest material known to man. Diamonds are seemingly indestructible, and that fact, along with the shine and sparkle that they create that is unlike any other stone or gem, make them coveted and expensive products. The purchase of diamond jewelry is never frivolous, which is why it is important to understand how to care for those precious pieces of fine jewelry. It is not difficult to maintain the longevity of diamond jewelry, but one must know the proper jewelry maintenance and how to avoid any accidents that could take away the luster and shine of a beloved piece of fine jewelry.
Storage and Handling
Proper diamond jewelry maintenance starts with proper storage. Diamond jewelry should not be lumped with other fine jewelry but have its own individual storage space, and the space should be allocated to individual diamond pieces. While diamonds are difficult to scratch, they are not completely indestructible, and under the precise circumstances, it is possible for one diamond to scratch another, so keeping diamonds separate is important.
Diamond jewelry should be taken off in everyday situations. Avoid wearing diamonds during manual labor as well as while doing things as mundane as washing the dishes or showering. If it is possible that the diamond will come in contact with harsh chemicals or could be roughly bumped into hard surfaces, the jewelry should be removed from the body.
One of the most dangerous culprits of creating “dirty diamonds” is the touch of a human finger. Oil from the skin can create a collection of dirt and decrease sparkle, shine, and appeal.
Prong Check-Ups
The prongs of the setting keep the diamond secure, so it is important to routinely check to make sure that they are not loose. This “check-up” of sorts can easily be done by softly hitting the diamond with one’s fingernails to ensure that no movement or rattling sounds result.
Cleaning
Regular cleaning is an important aspect of caring for diamond jewelry, but it is important to be careful with the cleaning materials used. Soak diamonds in ammonia-based cleaners weekly and brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure that the brush has never before been used for anything but diamond cleaning. Avoid harmful cleaning solutions like chlorine or abrasives.
It is important to take into account the metal of the diamond’s setting. While some metals can simply be re-polished or buffed, others require more care or are more sensitive to certain solutions and cleaning substances.
No matter how regularly diamonds are cleaned by consumers, professionals should regularly inspect them. Have your jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected at Reiner’s Jewelry.