Keeping your diamond clean
- Handle your diamond sparingly
- Clean your diamond regularly. A simple plan to keep your diamond jewellery looking beautiful is to soak it in a mild dish soap solution overnight, weekly. In the morning, remove the ring and gently brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this area collects the most dirt. Rinse the diamond with water and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Don’t use chlorine or abrasives when cleaning diamonds, especially those set in jewellery. These erode some of the metals often used in diamond settings, and may loosen prongs, or even dissolve the metal completely. Even though ammonia-based solutions haven’t been proven to damage the enhancement process, it is advised not to use them on clarity enhanced diamonds.
- Sometimes an ultrasonic cleaner is necessary to remove encrusted dirt on diamonds. 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 mount, so this method is best undertaken by a professional jeweler on an occasional basis.
Tips for repairs
- Always tell your jeweler that you have a clarity enhanced diamond when you take the piece in for maintenance. Extremely high temperatures, 572 degrees F (300 Celsius) and higher, can damage the enhancements of fracture-filled or laser-drilled diamonds, so anyone who repairs your jewellery must be careful with certain tools, such as a jeweler’s torch. The jeweller will also know how to clean the jewelry if you tell him it has a clarity enhanced diamond.
Tips for General Care
- Don’t let your diamond come in contact with chlorine bleach when cleaning as it can damage and discolor the mount.
- Do see your jeweller every 6 – 12 months and have them check your ring and other precious pieces for loose prongs and wear of mountings. They should also be able to gently polish the jewelry too.
Storing Diamond Jewelry
- Keep your precious pieces in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or a box with compartments or dividers.
- lf you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in tissue paper.
- Don’t jumble your diamond pieces, because diamonds can scratch other jewelry and scratch each other.
- Don’t leave your ring on the rim of a sink when you remove it to wash your hands as it can easily slip down the drain.