How To Take Care Of Your Diamond Jewellery Guide
Since your diamond jewellery is a valuable investment, you'll want to take proper care of it. This section contains some basic tips to help keep your diamond jewellery looking its best.
Every diamond jewellery is different, and therefore needs to be cared for differently. Diamond jewellery with platinum settings have slightly different care requirements than those with gold settings. Diamonds that are set on prongs also demand more careful attention then bezel settings. Find out what is expected of you from the jeweller upon the purchase of your diamond jewellery and make sure that you stick to the regimen as best as possible for the utmost results. After all, an engagement diamond jewellery is not something you buy or receive every day.
Diamond jewellery must be kept clean and stored carefully when they are not being worn. Here are some guidelines to help keep your diamond jewellery in top condition:
Diamond Jewellery Care - Do's
• If you notice loose stone settings or any other noticeable damages to your jewellery, do not continue to wear the jewellery. Take it to a trusted, professional jeweller who can make an assessment and repair the jewellery. We recommend that you have a jeweller check the setting in your diamond jewellery, including stud earrings or solitaire pendants (while you watch) once a year.
• While diamond jewellery are made for being showcased constantly, they also require certain care, which calls for a dry, safe place for it to rest when it isn't being worn. Diamonds may be the toughest substance known to man, and gold, or platinum, are rather strong precious metals, but they can still be at risk of getting damaged if not looked after properly. When you're not wearing your diamond jewellery, be sure to store them in a fabric-lined case or in a box with dividers to prevent the diamond jewellery from scratching other jewellery or other diamonds.
• Wear your diamond jewellery to work: Yes, it might slightly get in the way from time to time, but unless your workplace is a diamond jewellery risk factor, feel free to flaunt your stone to your colleagues, boss, or employees.
• Clean the diamond. Just like the big diamond company, De Beers, said, Diamonds are Forever! Only, once the facets are covered in dirt, grime, and gunk, the shine will not be as bright because the light simply isn't refracting as well. From time to time, you absolutely should clean the stone, and you might be surprised because it will shine just as bright as it did the first day you got it. The simplest way is to let is soak in warm soapy water for fifteen minutes or so and then carefully brush off the dirt with a soft bristled toothbrush.
• Wear your some of your diamond jewellery to sleep: Though no one will get to see your shiny diamonds while you are dozing, you will feel safe knowing that your valuable piece of jewellery is right there with you while you get some sleep. Unless you are very prone to swelling during the night, there is no reason why you can't enjoy your ring, even if you aren't awake.
• Have your diamond jewellery re-polished for time to time: Most diamond jewellery are made from either gold or platinum. The latter metal is beautiful and very sturdy, but lacks the shine that gold provides. On the other hand, unless the gold is yellow or rose gold, the diamond jewellery will need to be re-polished every so often. This is because white gold is crafted from a combination of metals, including yellow gold, and then dipped into a coating called rhodium. Every so often, especially if worn while doing certain tasks even as simple as showering or washing dishes, the coating will fade and give off a yellowish tint. In order to restore that beautiful, pure shine, you should have it re-coated and polished.
• Have your diamond secured periodically: If set properly, you diamond should be as secure as can be. However, your diamond jewellery can get banged up quite a bit, just through daily wear, and you would be surprised how easily a tight secure prong can be slightly loosened. Therefore, it is wise to make certain that the diamond is in tact and not loose, because it can fall out this way and there is nothing worse than looking at your hand only to see an empty setting.
• Respect your jewellery! Diamond or gemstone jewellery is always presented surrounding a happy occasion, so there is often sentimental value that your piece will hold. Also, these pieces usually not very cheap. Someone (whether you or your partner) spent money on this piece and it is therefore in your best interest to maintain its quality for as long as you possibly can.
Diamond Jewellery Care - Don'ts
• Avoid wearing your diamond jewellery while doing housework, yard work or any other kind of rough work. Even though a diamond is extremely durable, a hard blow could chip it.
• When doing household chores, never allow your jewellery to come into contact with chlorine bleach.
• Don't be afraid to show it off: Though that little velvet box can come in handy when you are not wearing your diamond jewellery, it should not become the almost permanent home of your diamond jewellery. Your diamond jewellery was made and given to you to be worn, so, wear it! Don't be afraid, diamond jewellery were designed to be worn on a daily basis and should get as much use as possible.
• Don't bathe, swim, clean, or shower with the diamond jewellery: If you truly want to maximize the appearance of your diamond jewellery and minimize the amounts of visits you make to the jeweller, don't wear you diamond jewellery during these tasks. Water can damage the luster of the metal as well as the diamond. Water contains many different chemicals such as chlorine, and can be especially damaging. Some chemicals used to clean, although they might work wonders on your diamond, can eventually damage the metal. Make use of your beloved velvet box, jewellery box, or invest in a ring stand kept in a convenient place, and store your diamond jewellery there while you wash up.
• Don't clean or use abrasive materials and chemicals while wearing the diamond jewellery: Treat your diamond jewellery like a queen, yeah - respect it! This means that even if you have to do mundane chores such as cleaning, painting, or disinfecting, you shouldn't involve your diamond jewellery. Let it rest safely on the side until it is out of harm's way.
• Don't get rough while wearing the diamond jewellery: Sports, hiking, and other rough activities can be a great deal of fun, and terrific exercise as well, but they are also the perfect opportunities for something bad to happen to your diamond jewellery. Make sure to remove your diamond jewellery prior to engaging in any of these activities in order to prevent it from getting hit, dropped, or caked in dirt. Even if damage does not occur right away, something serious can happen to the setting or the diamond after being exposed to rough handling so often.
Cleaning Your Diamond Jewellery
Diamonds, like anything else, get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps-even the natural oils from your skin-will create a film on diamonds, which will reduce their brilliance. In addition, chemicals in the air will oxidize or discolor the mountings. Keeping your jewellery clean will maximize its brilliance. Here are four ways we suggest you clean your diamond jewellery:
1. Detergent Bath - Prepare a small bowl of warm suds using any mild household liquid detergent (be sure not to use any cleaners containing chlorine). Brush the jewellery with a soft brush until you have created a lather around it. With the jewellery on a plastic or metal strainer, rinse off with warm water (be sure not to clean your jewellery over the drain!) Pat your jewellery dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
2. 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.
3. Quick-Dip Method - Buy one of the brand name liquid jewellery cleaners, choosing the one that is best for the kind of stones and metals in your jewellery. 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.
4. The Ultrasonic Cleaner - There are many types of these small machines available to the public today. They will clean any piece of jewellery 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.
NOTE - Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and warnings before using these machines and detergents. When the machine is turned on, a high-frequency turbulence is created.
Traveling With Diamond Jewellery
Packing your precious diamond jewellery for traveling should be done with utmost care. There are many types of jewellery carrying cases that are specifically designed for jewellery travel, available in all price ranges, sizes, shapes and patterns. Most have velvet pads inside to attach pins and earrings, with special compartments for bracelets and necklaces. Don't ever leave your jewellery on the rim of a sink when you remove it to wash your hands. It can very easily slip down the drain. When you're away from home, don't take off your jewellery in a public place as you may accidentally forget it and lose it forever.