The key to maintaining the brilliance of your diamond lies in its facets. Facets are described as tiny mirrors that refract the light within the diamond. It is the fire, lustre, and sparkle of the diamond and its exposure to the daily wear and tear of life could damage the overall appearance of your centre stone.
Regularly cleaning the facets is just half of the job. To keep your diamonds in gleaming condition, check out these top-secret tips you wish your jeweller had told you about.
Keep Your Pieces in a Padded Storage
Any jewellery piece that is not stored properly can become damaged. By storing your diamonds in a soft, velvet pocket, it can protect your pieces from sharp rings or necklaces that may taint the lustre of your pieces. If your travelling, store it in a separate pouch with soft interior lining inside a secured jewellery case.
Watch Out for Harsh Chemicals
The chemicals present in your perfume, hand-wash soap, or hairspray could cause discolouration and react with the metals used in your diamond setting. Take off your diamond pieces, including your wedding ring, when doing the laundry or taking a bath to make sure your pieces are shining brightly always.
Use a Gentle Brush
Avoid brushing your cherished accessories vigorously. Each component in your ring is as delicate as your centre diamond and putting too much tension on the prongs could compromise your gemstone’s security. To clean it, simply rinse your jewellery piece with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth to get rid off dirt and other elements.
Handle It Sparingly
While diamonds are the hardest mineral in the world, keeping those lovely pieces sparkling overtime requires some maintenance too. Maintenance includes regular cleaning, inspection, and proper care. Wearing your diamonds during a rigorous activity makes it prone to cracking, chipping, and all kinds of physical damage.
Learn to Clean Your Pieces at Home
Diamonds are an easy magnet for dirt and grease. When you touch your centre diamond, the oil from your fingertips is transferred to the surface of the stone, affecting its lustre. So how do you keep your diamond as shiny as possible? Here are some tips:
For gold items of jewellery, soak your pieces in a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Let it sit for 15 minutes and gently scrub all the areas using a brush with soft bristles.
For jewellery pieces with a silver setting, use a white vinegar and baking soda solution to remove tarnish. Wait until two to three hours and get them looking spotless again!
For your centre diamond, using ¼ cup of ammonia and a mixture of warm water will do the trick. For your paved diamonds, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub hard-to-reach areas and gaps.
Take It to an Expert Jeweller for a Regular Cleaning
Diamonds need a regular professional check-up at least twice a year. An expert jeweller would know how to get rid of that grime that has been sitting on at the corner of your centre for months. They could also detect lose prongs and repair it before you lose a precious piece.
Sometimes, an ultrasonic cleaner is needed to remove deep-seated dirt on diamonds. This special type of cleaner sends low-frequency sound waves through a solution. The vibration from the waves enables the machine to carefully remove the grime from your stone. However, when done carelessly, those waves could potentially shake the prongs of your rings or even chip diamonds. To avoid this, it is best to leave it to a jewellery expert from Monty Adams Jewellery Concierge. Our team is experienced in jewellery repairs and maintenance and can thoroughly clean your diamonds without compromising the beauty of your precious pieces.
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Monty Adams offers as needed cleaning for your jewellery for an affordable fee. We clean all types of jewellery to help you maintain your precious pieces’ sparkle and brilliance. Make an appointment today.