Did you know that it’s best to refrain from touching your diamond too much? Oil from the skin can transfer to the stone and, over time, make it appear dirty, so it’s best to let them sparkle without handling them. Probably why jewellers and gemmologists usually handle diamonds with a fine pair of tweezers.
So it goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway!) that, when doing everyday things like applying make-up, hairspray, cosmetics, etc., and when doing cooking and cleaning, the best thing to do with your diamond ring is admire it from afar! Or gently place it into its own fabric pouch – each piece of diamond jewellery should be stored separately to avoid scratching.This is particularly true in the summer (yes, even in England!) when you might be heading off to the seaside. Taking off your diamonds when you’re around sand and while putting on sun cream will help keep your diamonds looking as pristine as they should, not to mention that creams can damage the metals used in the settings for your prized jewellery.
What about swimming in the sea? Well, for many years people have known that bathing in salty water is good for helping with inflammatory conditions like arthritis. The bad news is that this anti-inflammatory effect could make your finger shrink ever so slightly in salty water, which could mean your beautiful diamond ring slipping off! So, unless you want to give a very generous gift to the mermaids, you’re best off not swimming in the sea wearing your diamond ring 😊 Swimming in chlorinated pool water is obviously also best avoided in jewellery.
Of course, though, you’ve got your amazing diamond jewellery to wear it, not to leave it sitting in a jewellery box! So let’s look at how to keep that lustrous shine and sparkle. It’s surprisingly easy to clean your diamonds – just soak them for 2-3 minutes in some warm soapy water, and a soft-bristle toothbrush that you keep specially for this purpose (you don’t want a minty diamond or soapy teeth!) Please take special care if you’re bathing your diamond in the sink – the two top places people lose their diamonds are down the sofa and down the plughole! So keep that plug in until your diamond is safely out of harm’s way. Once you’ve washed the stone, dry gently with a soft lint-free cloth.
We’d recommend cleaning your diamond every 2-3 weeks, depending of course on how much you wear it. Periodically, though, you may want to have your jewellery checked thoroughly, to make sure the settings are holding the stones in place properly – this is particularly true of older pieces of jewellery. Contact us if you’d like a full inspection and/or ultrasonic cleaning of your jewellery, we’d be happy to help.