Spring cleaning is in full swing, so you may be looking for ways to spruce up your diamond jewelry. Diamonds may be the hardest substance in the world, but they still can be scratched or damaged. It’s important to make your stunning diamond jewelry stay brilliant for a lifetime.
Use the following guidelines to ensure your jewelry retains its beauty for years to come:
- Don’t jumble your diamond jewelry with other pieces. Because of the hardness of diamonds, they can scratch other jewelry and each other. Make sure to separate diamonds from the rest of your precious gemstones.
- Keep your diamonds in a jewelry box that is lined with fabric or in a box with dividers or compartment for clear organization. This will help prevent any unnecessary scratches or damage.
- Don’t wear your diamonds when doing rough work. Even though a diamond is very durable, a hard blow can chip and damage it. Instead, store your diamond in a safe place.
- Diamonds look best when they are clean, revealing the diamond’s fire and brilliance. Clean your diamonds regularly, either at home or at your trusted jeweler.
- Keep jewelry away from chlorine bleach or other chemicals that can pit or discolor the mounting. Do not wear your diamond jewelry in chlorinated pools or hot tubs. The chlorine will not harm your diamond, but will discolor the mounting and your platinum, white gold, or even gold wedding band.
- Speaking of pools, it’s also recommended to take off your diamond ring when swimming oceans, lakes, or ponds. For one, cold water “shrinks” your fingers, making it that much easier for an already loose engagement ring to disappear during a swim
- Take advantage of your jeweler’s free cleaning and inspection programs they may offer. It’s good to evaluate if your diamond has become loose from its setting or may need resizing.