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.