Updated: Nov 4, 2020
A diamond is known to be the hardest mineral in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to common dirt and pollution. In fact, diamonds are natural magnets to dust and oil, which means keeping it clean on a regular is crucial to attaining a lasting brilliance.
Here are our 5 tips to keep your diamonds at its best all year long. You’re probably already doing #1.
1. First Out, Last In Rule
This one will be easy to remember. Your fine jewelry should be the first thing you take out when you get home and the last thing you wear before heading out. This minimizes unnecessary exposure with creams, grime and other things that may dull its sparkle. We always recommend putting on your jewelry AFTER your lotions and creams.
2. Clean Now, Enjoy Later
Your future self will thank you later when you give your jewelry a good cleaning session every now and then. When grime and oil accumulate on the surface of your diamonds, it creates a blurry film that prevents light from harmoniously interacting with your stones. By cleaning your pieces about once or twice a week, unwanted dirt will also less likely reach those hard to clean areas like underneath the gold setting or in between prongs. Achieve a delightful brilliance by frequency of cleaning rather than intensity.
Read more: How to Clean Your Diamonds and Jewelry
3. Avoid Touching the Diamonds
Ever notice how your fingerprints create murky marks on glass and other clear surfaces? It'll also be the same for your diamonds. Any type of film on the surface of your gemstones will compromise its ability to deliver maximum brilliance (light and stone interaction). Try to keep your fingers only on the gold setting, and in cases when it is necessary to hold onto the diamonds, make sure you have your trusty lint-free cloth to polish it with afterwards.
Your cloth will also serve handy at the end of a long day when you can gently wipe your jewelry.
4. Watch out for that pool!
Diamonds usually need to be set in harder metal housing for security, so a soft 24 karat setting simply won’t do. Pure gold will be more resistant to unwanted reactions, however 18 karat and 14 karat gold will have a mix of other components such as nickel, zinc etc that may react badly to certain chemicals.
Watch out for chlorine! Chlorine may be one of the worst chemicals that you can expose your jewelry to. Only a one time exposure is needed to begin the damaging process that can leave your pieces weak and brittle in the long run. Better to leave your jewelry pieces inside before jumping into that pool.
5. Tender Loving Care
It’s an alluring irony how fine jewelry can be built durable and at the same time delicate. Avoid wearing them during rough activities. Clean when necessary and avoid pools. Carry them with grace and elegance and they will stay with you for a lifetime.
The goal is to have your diamonds always looking like spring water, that’s the best kind.