You might be aware of the 4C’s when buying your diamond that is, cut color clarity and carat. But there is one more C that you should keep in mind, care.
Sounds a little dull?
Well, it’s not. Though diamonds are the hardest known material, they are susceptible to wear and tear. So, you might want to invest some time in taking care of your diamond jewelry, to keep it around in its prime, forever. After all, diamonds are forever, and they should remain so. It’s your rings and bracelets that face the most brunt over others like pendants. When all is said, no matter worn on which part, your jewelry gets dirty from the environment and your body.
You might want to keep in mind the shape of your diamond and the setting, as well, during the cleaning process.
For instance, base metal like yellow gold can be rebuffed to get rid of scratches, while you might need rhodium plating for your white gold. If your diamond is pear-shaped, you will need a V-prong to prevent the sharpness of the tip from chipping.
In this article, we list down some diamond jewelry care tips to keep your trinkets sparkly and shiny always.
1. Don’t Be Too Touchy-
Every time you touch your diamonds, the oil from your skin gets transferred to the stone. That translates into the build-up of a film onto the jewelry over time, making your stone appear dirty and dull.
2. Don’t Wear The Jewellery When Showering-
Wearing your jewelry when in the shower is a bad idea. Soap or shower gel can cause the build-up of a film, dulling your jewelry over time. Keeping the jewelry aside will also give your skin a chance to breathe.
3. Avoid During Topical Applications-
You might not want to wear your rings or bracelets while putting on lotions, applying hairsprays, or when wearing perfumes. It can make your diamond lose luster and also discolor your precious trinkets temporarily, as oil and grime can easily stick to a diamond, no matter the stone.
4. Clean Your Jewellery Periodically-
There are numerous ways to clean your diamond. You can take the help of a professional or do it at home, as comfortable. Try cleaning your trinkets at least 3-4 times a year, to keep them shiny and sparkly always.
Methods to take care of your jewelry at home-
Yes, toothpaste doesn’t just clean your teeth; they do the same thing to your trinkets. Take a soft brush, put some paste onto it, and gently rub your jewelry. Rinse the jewelry well and pat it dry for a sparkly and shiny look.
2) Club Soda
Take a glass of soda, and soak your jewelry overnight into the solution. You will find your diamond jewelry collection all shiny and sparkly in the morning.
3) Fizzing Alka-Seltzer
Put your jewelry in a glass of fizzing Alka-seltzer (for a few minutes) to get your jewelry shiny again. It is advised not to use flavored Alka-seltzer as it might harm your jewelry.
4) A Mix Of Salt, Baking Soda, Dishwashing Soap, Aluminium Foil, And Water
Take an aluminum foil-lined bowl. Add water, soap, soda, and salt to it. You can use either a toothbrush with extra soft bristles or a soft cloth to clean your jewelry, properly.
5) A Concoction Of Water, Ammonia And Soap
Put your jewelry in this concoction for an ultra-clean look. Use a soft toothbrush to clean your diamond jewellery of all its dirt and grime
6) Denture Tablets
Put a tablet in a glass of water. Dunk your jewelry in the solution for a few minutes. Rinse and dry, and the jewelry is back to its shiny self.
7) Water And Ammonia
Show care for your diamond jewelry with this concoction. Create a mixture of an equal amount of cold water and ammonia, soak your jewelry in the solution for a half-hour, and air dry. You can do this once or twice a week but do it only with real diamonds, as other stones might get damaged.
8) Detergent And Warm Water
Take any mild liquid detergent, and add it to warm water. Create a lather by rubbing your jewelry either with a soft toothbrush or a cloth. Rinse your jewelry in warm water and pat it dry for a clean look.
9) Rub It Clean
It might be a good idea to rub your diamond clean time and again to keep it shiny always. You can take a soft cloth (flannel cloth) to wipe it clean after every use to keep it free from body oils and environmental dirt.
10) Bath It In Warm Water And Dishwashing Liquid
Put your jewelry in a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid for an ultra-clean look. You can use a toothbrush with ultra-soft bristles to rub the diamond jewelry clean. You can do this method at least once a month.
11) Baking Soda And Warm Water
You can use baking soda in two ways to clean your jewelry. Take 1-2 teaspoons baking soda; mix it in a cup of hot water. Soak the jewelry for a few minutes, rinse and pat dry. Make a paste of 2 tbsp water and ¼ cup baking soda. Apply this to your jewelry and rub it clean with a brush or cloth.
12) Jewellery Cleaner
You can buy the cleaner as it is, or with your jewelry at the time of purchase. Buy from a good brand, and you can clean your jewelry according to the instructions given.
Well, a shot of vodka is a party for your jewelry too. Dunk your jewelry in a glass of vodka for a few minutes to get it all sparkly and glossy again.
Professional Care for Diamond Jewelry
1) Ultrasonic Cleaning
The ultrasonic cleaning machine is another way to get your diamonds clean. The cleaning is done by a machine sending vibrations in the cleaning water. Even the tough spots are cleaned thoroughly in this method, but it is advised to get this cleaning done under professional care. As the vibrating liquid can loosen the grip of the cast, causing them to move, so keep in mind, to take care of your jewelry, properly.
2) Take Help From Your Jeweller
You can get your jewelry inspected, periodically, to make sure that is in good condition. Your jeweler could also throw in some light about warranties or any special individualized care that your diamonds might require. You can get your ring checked professionally, twice a year.
3) Insure Your Jewellery
Get your pieces insured to ensure that your diamond jewelry collection is protected against any accidental damage or inexplicable loss, as your home insurance policy will provide only a little cover in case of loss or theft.
4) Wear Them Last
Make it a habit that when going out, the last thing you wear is your jewelry. A lot of things get done when getting ready like applying lotions, wearing perfumes, hairsprays, makeup, etc. Putting your jewelry beforehand would mean coating it in all the makeup and other things. The residue can dull your stone in a short period, so make sure that you put your jewelry in after getting ready.
5) Know When Not To Wear
Your everyday jewelry is not really ‘every occasion’ jewelry, i.e. you might want to keep in mind when you should avoid wearing your jewelry. For instance, don’t wear it on beaches as the salt and sand can dirty your trinkets, or when using bleach or chlorine, etc., for proper care of your diamond jewelry.
6) Store Them Properly
You wouldn’t want to damage your diamond jewelry collection due to improper storage. Just see that the jewelry is not folded or twisted onto itself, or rubbing against another piece of diamond or gemstone, etc. Keep the jewelry safe in a fabric-lined case, or a soft-sided storage box with individual compartments, to keep them safe. You can also individually wrap pieces in soft tissues if the rest of the methods seem a little much.
Diamonds are forever. With a little care, your jewelry can really stand the test of time and become a family heirloom. Our jewelry experts are available to assist you with your purchases. Get in touch, in case of any queries, or assistance on how to care for your diamond jewelry.