I noticed my best diamond rings are not as bright as they once were. Time for a bit of TLC I think. Diamonds are tough but do you know how to care for them? How do you ensure that they stay at their sparkling and bright their best for years to come? How do you clean and store them? Here’s Annie’s guide to Diamond Care.
Health Warning: If there is a second gemstone alongside the diamonds then consider how you care for the gem carefully, this is not the cleaning guide for you. Pearls and cameos are soft and damage easily. Emeralds can be ruined and so can costume jewellery pieces. Please seek specialist advice for mixed gemstone jewellery.
Do you wear your diamonds regularly? Then by far, the best way is to clean them regularly too. A little care one a week will keep them from needing the more drastic measures mentioned below. I suggest you keep a soft toothbrush just for this purpose. Other than that all you need is a little washing up liquid ( Known as Dish Soap in the USA I think). Gently work the around the diamond with the toothbrush and then rinse under the tap. Pat dry with a soft lint-free cloth.
Still dull and grubby? Try and electronic cleaner or jewellery Dip:
Note : I do not recommend an ultrasonic cleaner if there are lots of little diamonds as small ones easily work loose. Use for larger prong set stones only.
Just fill your ultasonic cleaner up to the fill level with plain warm water, add the washing up liquid. Place your diamond into the basket and start the machine up. I like to leave in for about 20 minutes. Time for a coffee, leave them alone for this time. Once the machine has finished then remove the diamonds and check carefully that non have fallen loose. If disaster has struck and a diamond is now missing dont panic – they will be in the bottom of the water. Please ensure you do not tip them down the drain – I did this once which was a very costly rookie error.
Presuming your diamonds are all still in place – now rinse the jewellery with clean water and pat dry. All clean and ready to go
Specialist jewellery dip cleaners can be bought in most supermarkets. Read the instructions carefully as some contain nasty chemicals you don’t want on your skin or clothing. After using one of these dips on your diamonds then please do rinse well as the residues can cause allergies if they get on your skin.
If you have a piece of jewellery such as a diamond ring with a large and valuable gemstone set into it then please do get it checked by a jewellery every year if it is worn regularly. The setting can become loose and the diamond may fall out, regular checking will help to ensure your jewellery is safe.
All pieces of diamond jewellery should be stored separately from each other and from other jewellery. This is because the hardness of the gems will scratch other pieces. A simple solution is to put each in a soft organza bag or its own box before placing in your jewellery box.
Have you any more tips for diamond care? Do let me know and I will try them out and add the best ones here