5 Lessons Learned: Diamonds

How to Care for Your Diamond Jewelry Diamonds are the strongest natural substances on this planet. They can cut into any rock or metal, and nothing can cut a diamond except another diamond . In fact, you have to heat the stone to about 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit in order to burn it. However, the oil deposited from the mere touch of your fingers can cause dirt to accumulate and make this almost indestructible gemstone lose its sparkle. So how can diamonds be kept looking perfect? Here are some very good pointers: 1. As much as possible, don’t touch your diamonds.
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Diamonds invite grease, so they’re not so easy to keep clean. When you touch a diamond, the oils from your skin automatically adheres to the stone’s surface and reduces its brilliance.
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2. Clean the stones regularly. A good way to keep your diamond jewelry looking perfect is to soak it in a mild degreasing liquid, such as water that has a few drops of gentle dish soap, about once or twice a week. After removing the diamond from the solution, use a soft and clean toothbrush to take out any remaining dirt. The tool has to be new and used exclusively for cleaning your jewelry. Use it to get to those hard-to-reach parts, like the gemstone’s back, where it typically collects a lot of dirt and oil. 3. Give it some tender, loving care. Fragile settings, such as older prongs in traditional jewelry, or a tension setting with the diamond held in position by pressure from the shank, must be very gently scrubbed. After doing so, rinse the diamond jewelry with water and use a a soft, lint-free cloth to dry it. If this is done over a sink, by all means, keep the drain closed. 4. Don’t use very strong chemicals and other cleaning materials. Bleach and abrasive cleaning solutions should never be used when cleaning diamond jewelry because they can destroy some of the metals that are used in the piece, including the gemstone itself. 5. Use ultrasonic cleaners with extreme care. From time to time, an ultrasonic cleaner is necessary to remove toughened dirt on diamonds. With the cleaner sending low frequency sound waves passing through a solution, ultrasonic cleaners allow vibrating fluid to remove the collected dirt and grime. The problem though is that these sound waves can also loosen the stones from their mountings, or chip the girdles that found in between the stones. Be careful if your jewelry has feathers or if the stones have been treated by fracture filling. Before you put your diamond in an ultrasonic cleaner, read the diamond’s grading report, where you’ll know whether or not the diamond has been treated. As well, find an expert jeweler who can tell you if you need to repair your jewelry first to be able to clean it safely (for example, when some of the stones have loosened, they need to be tightened first before cleaning). Responsible for a diamond sparkle are its facets, which are like lots of minute mirrors that reflect light in and out of the gem. By cleaning the facets regularly, your diamond will preserve its sparkle, and your diamond jewelry will continue to gleam.