Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they are not indestructible. While they can be
cut or polished only by another diamond, a hard blow can cause them to chip. Never wear your diamond jewelry when doing rough work. This section contains some basic tips to help
keep your diamond looking its best.
Diamond Care Do’s
Diamonds must be kept clean and stored carefully when they are not being worn. Here are some guidelines to help keep your diamond
in top condition:
If you notice loose stone settings or any other noticeable damages to your jewelry, do not continue to wear the jewelry. Take it
to a trusted, professional jeweler who can make an assessment and repair the jewelry. We recommend that you have a jeweler check the setting in your
diamond ring, stud earrings or solitaire pendants (while you watch) once a year.
When you’re not wearing your diamonds, be sure to store them in a fabric-lined case or in a box with dividers to prevent the
diamonds from scratching other jewelry or other diamonds.
Diamond Care Don’ts
Avoid wearing your diamonds while doing housework, yard work or any other kind of rough work. Even though a diamond is extremely
durable, a hard blow could chip it.
When doing household chores, never allow your jewelry to come into contact with chlorine bleach.
Cleaning Your Diamonds
Diamonds, like anything else, get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps–even the natural oils from your skin–will
create a film on diamonds, which will reduce their brilliance. In addition, chemicals in the air will oxidize or discolor the mountings. Keeping your
jewelry clean will maximize its brilliance. Here are four ways Shaw Diamonds suggests you clean your diamonds:
Prepare a small bowl of warm suds using any mild household liquid
detergent (be sure not to use any cleaners containing chlorine). Brush the jewelry with a soft brush until you have created a lather around it. With the
jewelry on a plastic or metal strainer, rinse off with warm water (be sure not to clean your jewelry over the drain!) Pat your jewelry dry with a soft,
Make a solution of 4 parts cold-water and 1 part very mild
dishwashing detergent. Soak the pieces for several minutes. Lift out and tap gently around all sides of the mounting with a soft brush. Rinse the pieces
in the solution once more and drain on tissue paper.
Buy one of the brand name liquid jewelry cleaners, choosing the one
that is best for the kind of stones and metals in your jewelry. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Do not touch your clean diamonds
with your fingers, as the oils from your hands will leave a film on the stone.
There are many types of these small machines available to the
public today. They will clean any piece of jewelry that can be soaked in a liquid within a matter of minutes. These machines often have a metal cup,
which is filled with water and detergent. When the machine is turned on, a high-frequency turbulence is created.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before using
these machines. and detergent. When the machine is turned on, a high-frequency turbulence is created.
Traveling with Diamonds
Packing your precious diamond jewelry for traveling should be done with utmost care. There are many types of jewelry carrying
cases that are specifically designed for jewelry travel, available in all price ranges, sizes, shapes and patterns. Most have velvet pads inside to
attach pins and earrings, with special compartments for bracelets and necklaces. Don’t ever leave your jewelry on the rim of a sink when you remove it
to wash your hands. It can very easily slip down the drain. When you’re away from home, don’t take off your jewelry in a public place–you may
accidentally forget it and lose it forever.