Diamonds are the hardest known substances on
earth. With the proper care, they can last a lifetime and can even be handed
down as heirlooms to future generations without losing any of their luster.
But they can still be scratched, chipped or dulled if not handled correctly.
So here are some tips that will help preserve the life and beauty of your
A diamond can scratch another diamond, as well
as other jewelry pieces, so store diamond items separately. If you need to
store diamond items together, make sure they aren’t tangled together so they
won’t scratch one another. Diamond jewelry pieces are best stored in a
fabric-lined jewel case or in a box with compartments or dividers.
Never wear diamond jewelry while doing heavy
work. Even though a diamond is extremely durable, it can be chipped by a hard
blow, and even everyday activity can loosen a setting.
Don’t let your diamonds come in contact with
chlorine bleach or other chemicals because they can pit or discolor the
Clean your diamonds regularly. If using a
commercial jewelry cleaner, use a brand name and follow the instructions on
the label. You can also soak your diamond jewelry in a small bowl of warm,
soapy water made with any mild liquid detergent. Gently brush the piece with a
soft toothbrush while it is in the suds to dislodge any dust or dirt from
under the setting. Then, rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft,
lint-free cloth. And remember to always put a stopper in your sink! Another
cleaning option would be a half-and-half solution of household ammonia and
cold water. Place your jewelry in a small bowl of the mix for 30 minutes. Lift
out and gently tap around the front and back of the mounting with a small soft
toothbrush. Swish in the solution a second time, then rinse and drain on
tissue paper. Finally, you can clean your diamonds by soaking them in a glass
If your diamond has been treated or altered in
any way, it may need special attention and care. Diamonds can be colored,
tinted, coated, irradiated or heated to improve their appearance. Inclusions
are sometimes removed with lasers, while fractures are filled with a glasslike
compound. Some of these procedures are not permanent - for instance, the
epoxies used in fracture-filled diamonds can melt away if the stone is heated.
Ask a jeweler you trust to let you know if your diamond’s natural appearance
has been altered and to advise you of any special care procedures.
Take your diamond jewelry to a jeweler every
six months to have it professionally cleaned and to have it checked for loose
or bent prongs and wear.