Even though they are the hardest substance on earth, diamonds can still be chipped. That’s why it’s best not to wear your diamond jewelry when you know it will be subjected to harsh physical conditions. And, because even everyday activities can be tough on your favorite diamond pieces, it’s important to have a jeweler examine them each year for signs of damage. Remember, prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out.
Also remember to take special care with your diamond ring around water, where it can become loose and slip off. Try to avoid wearing your ring in chlorinated water since over time, chlorine can damage the metal in the setting.
Finally, don’t store your diamond jewelry next to other jewelry pieces that it might scratch. A fabric-lined jewelry case with separate compartments is ideal, but you can also keep them in separate pouches or wrapped in soft fabric or tissue paper.
Pearls should be the last piece of jewelry you put on. And remember that direct contact with perfume or hairspray can damage a pearl’s finish.
Cleaning At Home
To keep your jewelry looking its best it’s important to provide a little TLC. And that includes knowing the best way to clean specific stones and metals.
Clean your diamonds once or twice weekly by soaking them in an ammonia-based jewelry cleaner for 20 minutes. Remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond, as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt. (If there are other stones with your diamonds, make sure it’s safe to clean them with an ammonia-based cleaner.)
Most colored gemstones can be safely cleaned with mild dish soap, warm water, and a soft brush. However, pearls are a notable exception. They should only be surface cleaned with a moist cloth dipped in a very diluted soap-and-water solution – never dipped into a liquid or discoloration could occur.
We will be happy to tell you how to clean and care for all of your gems to keep them in like-new condition. If you’d like additional information, you can click here to be directed to a gemstone care guide from the International Gem Society.