Diamonds are intrinsically precious, gathering sentimental value along the way, so it’s worth taking a few simple precautions to keep them looking as fantastic as the day they were given to you.
Famously, diamonds are one of the hardest known substances, but they are still a natural material and are not indestructible. If indulging in heavy work or exercise, it is worth removing your diamond ring or precious jewellery . The same is true of washing up, heavy handling or carrying, or using chemicals. Not only could you expose your diamonds to suffer dust, dirt and knocks, but the setting which holds and secures your diamond may be damaged causing injury to or loss of a stone. Some household cleaners, especially ones containing bleach, can cause colour change.
However careful you are, your jewellery will inevitably gather dirt and residue from hand lotion, hairstyling products, human skin and oil which will, over time, cause your diamond to sparkle less brightly. The good news is that this is easily remedied at home with very little cost or effort.
- Immerse the piece in warm water with a little gentle household detergent e.g. washing up liquid or a non-conditioning shampoo.
- Once the warm water has loosened the oils scrub gently with a small brush, an old, soft toothbrush is ideal.
- Take care to clean under the stone where oils and dirt gather.
- Finally, pat dry with a clean cloth and leave to air dry thoroughly before buffing softly with a lint-free cloth.
Gold rings can acquire scratches over the years, particularly in higher carat golds, which are softer. A jeweller can repair these, although there will be a slight loss of metal as the surface will be buffed over. White Gold is usually plated with Rhodium, a metal from the platinum family, for extra lustre, protection and 'whiteness'. You may wish to have your White Gold jewellery re-coated after a few years to retain its original lustre and keep it bright and white continuously.
Platinum rings may also acquire scratches that a jeweller can repair. The scratches on Platinum will not cause the same metal loss, however, and the result of expert repairs will generally be reassuringly smooth.
Palladium is the hardest metal used in the manufacture of jewellery and should be relatively impervious to scratches. None of these metals are subject to tarnishing.
It is a good idea to have your jewellery cleaned professionally once a year, they should also ensure prongs and mountings are secure. It is advisable to entrust your jewellery to an expert, rather than to try and clean it yourself in any other way than gentle soapy water as described above.
When not wearing your jewellery, it is best to keep it in a jewellery box or roll. Each item should be individually stored in a soft bag. The most common cause of scratches and suface damage to jewellery is contact with other pieces of jewellery.
Finally, although your jewellery may have a value to you that cannot be replaced, it is still essential to insure your items. Our engagement ring and diamond experts will be delighted to guide you through the options for insuring your engagement ring, and they are available for live chat (online, on the phone or in person) 7 days a week. You can also email us on email@example.com for advice.
If you would like to read about how to clean your engagement ring, we have a full guide with further information.