Tips on Cleaning, Storing and Caring for Diamond Jewellery
Diamond has many extraordinary attributes. Not only is it exceptionally beautiful, but it is also supremely hard, extremely lustrous, chemically resistant, can withstand high temperatures, can be subjected to day to day wear with little or no damage, and disperses light to create wonderful flashes of colour. What’s not to love? Well, there is one drawback- it LOVES grease.
This particular characteristic is exploited in the mining and recovery process. Diamond-bearing ore is washed over vibrating belts slathered with grease- the diamonds stick to the grease and can be recovered with ease… A dirty diamond suppresses many of its most alluring qualities. So, what is the best way to clean them?
In all truth, the best results are obtained from a professional ultrasonic machine. Most good jewellers have one and are usually happy to extend the service free of charge. This will also give you an opportunity to have the setting checked.
However, this is not practical on a regular basis, so the quickest, cheapest and easiest alternative is a weekly clean with an old toothbrush and a small amount of dishwashing detergent. If you do this over a sink, please take sensible precautions AND INSERT THE PLUG FIRST!!! You will notice immediately how quickly the sparkle is restored. Don’t forget to clean underneath the setting as dirt can accumulate in hard to get to areas.
There are some simple guidelines for looking after diamond jewellery:
- avoid wearing jewellery to the gym. Diamonds DO chip occasionally, and regular gym goers risk damaging the stones, the setting and the polish on the metal (I have seen a diamond and ruby eternity ring destroyed by regular use of dumbbells…);
- avoid applying hand cream whilst wearing jewellery as the lotion will leave an unwelcome residue on the stone, immediately diminishing the reflected light of the stone;
- ALWAYS store diamond jewellery separately from other jewellery. Only a diamond can cut or scratch diamond, so it stands to reason that storing diamond jewellery with other pieces will risk permanently damaging them. Consider your jewellery collection and source a well configured jewellery box which has separate compartments for the pieces you need. Our extensive range of Wolf products are hand crafted in the UK and have many options;
- Safeguarding diamond jewellery especially applies to secure storing when travelling. Separate and store jewellery carefully when on the move. The Zoe, Caroline or Palermo collections offer innovative and versatile choice;
- avoid wearing jewellery in chlorinated water. The chlorine won’t affect diamonds, but repeated exposure can make gold or platinum porous and the setting brittle;
- avoid wearing diamond jewellery on adjacent fingers as the diamond surfaces rub and can permanently damage stones or the shank of other rings;
- take care when clapping enthusiastically as the shape of the shank can become distorted which can affect the integrity of the setting. It is not uncommon for stones to be lost this way;
- regularly have your jewellery checked by a jeweller, and
- ensure that valuable pieces are appropriately insured, and re-visit the valuation periodically as the price of stones and metals changes- and can change significantly.
Embroidered Round Zoe Travel Case
Medium Marrakesh Jewellery Box
Caroline Leather Travel Case
Palermo Leather Jewellery Case