How do you keep your diamonds shiny and clean?
Although diamonds last forever, they also have their little beauty secrets. No diamond stays bright and shiny without regular cleaning and proper care. If you have noticed that your stones have become dull, the following lines are for you!
How long do diamonds last?
We know that diamonds take billions of years to form and to decompose. So we can easily expect to enjoy them for an exceptionally long duration, which allows us to pass them on from generation to generation.
However, to maintain its original luster, your gemstone needs a little help. Many factors can influence the brilliance and cleanliness of your diamond.
Can a diamond be scratched?
One of the reasons why diamonds are so popular for engagement rings is that they are very resistant to damage. In everyday life, it is unlikely that your diamond will be scratched, even if you never take your ring off. However, a scratch risk can come from other diamonds. Because this gemstone is so hard, it can scratch other diamonds and cause visible marks.
Avoiding scratches when storing your jewelry
Storing your diamonds is just as important as handling them. As we have seen, storing diamond jewelry in a bag or box can lead to scratches as the gems rub against each other. Diamonds can also scratch metals like gold.
Separating your jewelry in soft pouches or padded cases will help in protecting them from scratches. Lint-free materials are ideal for keeping your diamonds sparkling, even when they are being stored.
Why do diamonds lose their luster?
Diamonds can be damaged, but it is quite rare. It is more common for them to lose their luster for various reasons. While most women prefer to wear their rings every day, there are occasions when it is strongly advised to remove them. This is true for all your diamond jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
When oil or cream is applied to the hands it can cloud the surface of the gemstone. These greasy substances also attract dirt and other dust, which makes the stone even duller. Skin care, makeup and household products can get into the cracks of your gem’s setting. This is why cooking, gardening, washing dishes, exercising, and even showering or bathing all contribute to the accumulation of dirt in and around the setting [mount]. Protection against dust, heat and environmental pollution also preserves the quality and beauty of your diamonds.
How to care for your diamonds?
1. A mild soap for regular cleaning
If your diamond jewelry seems to attract dirt on a daily basis, more frequent cleaning can help prevent this build-up. Water mixed with a little mild soap can be an effective cleaning strategy to remove oil and dirt. A new, soft toothbrush will help remove particularly embedded oils and dirt on and around your diamond. You can also use a toothbrush more regularly, as long as you scrub gently.
Of course, any time you clean your jewelry near a water source, be sure to close the drain before you begin. Using a small dish or container is also a good idea for soaking and washing your diamonds.
2. Use specialized and professional cleaning solutions
It should be noted that diamonds are not completely indestructible. Some cleaning solutions, especially ultrasound-based cleaning, may pose some risk. Abrasive cleaners and chemicals can also cause chipping and splintering. Also, do not trust the “magic cleaning solutions” sold online.
While mild soap and water is a safe alternative, you can also use jewelry cleaners, which are only available from professionals. By applying a gentle cleaning agent with a professional polishing cloth or other soft material, this solution will also help restore the shine and luster of your jewelry.
Maintaining the beauty and brilliance of your diamond is easier than you think. No matter how many years or decades your diamonds have been in your family’s estate, with proper care, they will remain new and beautiful.
Have your jewelry inspected regularly
We also recommend that you have your diamond ring cleaned and inspected every six months. Inspections can help prevent the loss of a stone and extend the life of your jewelry.