Diamond is the hardest material found on earth, but that doesn't mean it's indestructible. Your shiny new diamond ring might be resistant to scratches but be careful when it comes to chips and cleaves. One good knock and your diamond could break, or even worse, fall completely out of its setting. Your diamond is made to last a lifetime and with proper care and maintenance, it can exceed generations. Use these tips as a quick guide on how to care for your new diamond!
Handling a diamond:
Avoid touching your diamond. Oils from your skin easily adhere to diamonds, making them magnets for dirt and grease. The more you touch a diamond, the less shine your diamond will return until it's cleaned again.
Remove your diamonds before cleaning or performing strenuous activity. Diamonds can become discolored or damaged if exposed to certain household cleaning products or excessive body oils. It's best to remove your diamond rings and store them somewhere safe before cleaning or exercising. Avoid placing them on the rim of the sink because they might slip down the drain!
Put your diamonds on last when getting dressed. Lotions, perfumes, and hairsprays can build up on the surface of your diamond, obscuring the natural luster and brilliance. If you put your jewelry on last, it prevents your prongs from catching loose threads and popping the diamond out of its setting. No one wants a loose diamond!
Regularly check your diamond and the setting for wear or damage. Check the back of your stones for any buildups that could be affecting the light return of your diamond. Check your prongs to see if any are loose, worn, or thin. Loose prongs can happen through daily wear and tear of your ring, so be sure to keep an eye on your stone. We recommend bringing your diamond rings in twice a year for prong checks to ensure nothing goes missing.
How to clean your diamond:
You don't need fancy equipment to clean your diamonds at home – all you need is some soap and water, or if you want some extra sparkle, window cleaner! Combine warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap, or a mixture of window cleaner and water, and allow your stone to soak for a few minutes.
Use a soft, clean toothbrush to gently loosen any remaining dirt and grime. Don't scrub too hard, as the toothbrush could knock loose stones out of their setting. Continue to submerge, scrub, and soak your piece as many times as necessary to get it clean. Make sure to pay special attention to the inside of your ring where dirt and grime tends to accumulate behind the stones.
Once your piece is dirt free, rinse under running water (make sure your drains are covered!) and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Handle your ring from the sides and avoid touching the diamonds to keep it oil free and shiny after it's been cleaned.
Diamonds are timeless, so help them look their best with these simple maintenance tips and they'll last a lifetime...or longer! If you have any questions about your diamond, stop by Sayers Jewelers or give us a call at (302) 653-9456 and speak to one of our expert associates.