Caring for your Diamond

Diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth. While a diamond can last forever, good care and cleaning are essential to keep the rock sparkling. There are four easy ways to clean your diamond engagement ring as well as other diamonds that you have:

1. The Detergent Bath. Prepare a small bowl of warm, sudsy water with any of the mild liquid detergents used in the home. Brush the pieces with a small, soft brush, such as a toothbrush, while they are in the suds, then rinse under running water. Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

2. The Cold Water Soak. Soak the jewelry in a half-and-half solution of cold water and household ammonia for 30 minutes. Lift out and gently tap around the front and back of the mounting with a small brush. Swish in the solution a second time, rinse and drain on tissue paper.

3. The Quick Dip Method. Use any of the brand-name liquid jewelry cleaners and follow the instructions given on the label.

4. The Ultrasonic Cleaner. There are many ultrasonic machines on the market that will clean diamond jewelry. The package consists of a machine with a cup that is filled with water and detergent. When the machine is turned on, high frequency turbulence creates the cleaning action. Each machine is different, so it is necessary to follow the accompanying directions.

Jewelry should be kept in a fabric-lined jewel case or a box with compartments or dividers. If not placed in individual boxes, each piece should be wrapped in tissue paper, because a diamond can scratch and damage another diamond.

Do not wear a diamond ring when doing rough work. Although a diamond is durable, a very hard blow can chip it.
Diamond rings should not come into contact with chlorine bleach, because it can pit and discolor the mounting.

A jeweler should check the ring once a year for loose stones and the wear of the mounting. He can also clean the ring professionally.

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