Diamond jewelry has an ethereal sparkle like nothing else. No matter what you pay for that gemstone, you want it to keep that sparkle and always look like it did the day you purchased it. You need to take care of your jewelry just like you do your clothes or anything else. Below are a list of 5 points that you need to do in order to take care of your diamonds.
1. Keep Your Jewelry Clean
Dirt, cream and oil can build up on your beautiful sparkling diamond blocking the penetration of light so why have a fabulous stone if it doesn’t shine. It’s as simple as filling a mug with warm water, adding a few drops of liquid dish detergent, letting it soak for 10 – 30 minutes, then use a soft brush or toothbrush to clean the stone, the basket and shank. Rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth. Clean your ring every few weeks and remember if you are doing it over a sink, cover the drain!
2. Be Careful
Diamonds, while they are the hardest substance naturally occurring on earth, can fracture (very rare) if hit the wrong way. Gemstones are even softer than diamonds and can scratch if abused. So, take care of your jewelry and pay attention to what you are doing while wearing it. Example: Don’t go digging in the garden with your diamond rings on!
3. Put It In Rotation
Most jewelry is not meant to be worn 24/7, so show some love to your other pieces in your collection. Most of us have jewelry that suits an outfit, style, or mood – so consider rotating your jewelry collection which will help prevent wear and tear.
4. Schedule a Professional Maintenance
Professionals will tell you that you should get your jewelry checked 2 times per year – especially the stuff you wear 24/7. Realistically, you need to get it checked at least 1 time per year at your favorite jeweler – or if you bought it online, many online jewelers have programs to help you maintain the jewelry at minimal cost to you. As you wear your jewelry and it gets hit or bumped, things can become lose, so getting your jewelry checked regularly can prevent loss of accent diamonds.
5. Keep Silver Jewelry Away
2 benefits on this one. First, Gold tends to be a softer metal than silver, which means that it will scratch easier when it is lumped together with silver. Second, silver tarnishes when it comes in contact with air. If you store your silver separately in an air tight container, it will slow the process keeping both your gold and silver jewelry safe and scratch free!