Jewelry Care and Cleaning
One of the most important aspects of maintaining the beauty of a piece of jewelry over its lifetime is the amount of care put into its preservation. Depending on the material used to craft your ring, it is a good idea to not wear it while performing any strenuous work - including exercising, working on your home, or any other heavy labor; blows to the ring may bend its prongs, the ring itself and could even chip your diamond.
Although diamond is known as the hardest material on earth, there is still a chance for it to chip: a hard blow to the girdle (the outermost edge) or culet (the pointy bottom) may damage it. Aside from this, however, diamond is essentially indestructible. Additionally, it's not a good idea to wear your ring while sleeping - due to the prongs potentially catching on the mattress fibers and either tearing the mattress or pulling a prong off.
To ensure the longevity of your jewels, it's best to store them in a jewelry box or an enclosed area where there are no other metals, as this could scratch your item or wear down the metal and its prongs.
For even more protection, try this surefire method of keeping your ring looking its best: Grab a toothbrush and some dish soap, and mix them in a small bowl filled with hot water. After this, drop your ring in the bowl, letting it soak for about ten minutes. After that, take the ring out with tongs - as the water will be very hot - and gently brush it until all dirt has been removed. Finally, submerge the ring back into the bowl and rinse off the soap with cold water, and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
If the dirt/grease on diamonds cannot be washed off with a cloth after soaking, try using a toothpick or unwaxed dental floss. Brush should be used with caution because the bristles can scratch gold mountings.
Ammonia solutions, ethyl alcohol, and jewelry cleaning solutions may also be used for cleaning and soaking diamond jewelry. The alcohol quickly evaporates not leaving water spots. Ammonia is not only good for cleaning non-enhanced natural diamonds but is also suitable for brightening metals, especially yellow gold. Be cautioned that ammonia and alcohol may damage enhanced diamonds as well as color gemstones, so avoid contact with any other stone but a non-enhanced natural diamond.
To dispose of more stubborn encrusted dirt, rings must be periodically cleaned professionally with ultrasonics/steamers, and in more severe cases using alternate cleaning techniques. Be cautioned that ultrasonic and steam cleaners should not be used for cracked diamonds, enhanced diamonds, and color gemstones such as emerald, tanzanite, opal, pearls, coral, turquoise, and many more.
Lengthy and risky cleaning procedures can be avoided by cleaning your jewelry regularly. For a diamond ring worn daily, once-a-week cleaning at home is highly recommended. Feel free to stop by our store for a cleaning assessment and jewelry cleaning.
Avoid wearing gold jewelry and colored gemstones in hot tubs and swimming pools because chlorine can attack the metal and damage gemstones. Platinum is not affected by chlorine, so plain platinum bands can be worn in hot tubs and swimming pools.