Diamonds are Forever
Since your diamond is a valuable investment, you’ll want to take proper care of it to make sure it does indeed last forever and will one day be a treasured family heirloom so this section contains basic tips to help keep your diamond looking its best.
Avoid wearing your diamonds for housework, gardening or any other kind of rough work. Even though a diamond is extremely durable, a hard blow could chip it.
When doing household chores, never allow your jewellery to come into contact with chlorine bleach.
Don’t wait until you notice a loose diamond in its setting, bring jewellery in to us for periodic checks, and we will make sure that the stones are all securely set and check for basic wear and tear as well as giving your jewellery a professional clean absolutely free of charge.
When you’re not wearing your diamonds, be sure to store them in a fabric-lined case or in a box with dividers or separate compartments – diamonds can scratch other jewellery as well as each other.
Cleaning your Diamonds
Diamonds, like anything else, get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps – even the natural oils from your skin – will create a film on diamonds, which reduces their brilliance.
In addition, chemicals in the air will oxidize or discolour the mountings. Keeping your jewellery clean maximizes its brilliance. Here are a couple of ways we suggest you clean your diamonds:
Prepare a small bowl of warm suds, using any mild household liquid detergent (be sure not to use any cleaners containing chlorine). Brush the jewellery with a soft brush until you create a lather.
Put the jewellery in a plastic or metal strainer and rinse with warm water – be sure not to clean anything over the drain! Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Buy one of the brand name liquid jewellery cleaners, choosing whichever is best for the stones and metals in your jewellery. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Try not to touch the clean diamonds, as the oils from your hands will leave a film on the stones.
The above methods are not appropriate for pearls, opals, lapis, coral or many other gems. A very quick dip in plain lukewarm water is suggested for these fragile pieces.