A diamond may be forever, but that doesn’t mean you should let it gather dust for the next twenty years. Since you will most likely want your jewelry to sparkle when you wear it, it’s important to learn how to properly care for it. Also, like any other asset, you want to make sure it retains its value for the eventuality of resale or inheritance. After all, you don’t leave the top down on your convertible when it rains, and you shouldn’t neglect your diamond jewelry either.
To keep your diamond in the best possible condition, there are a few scenarios you should shy away from. For one thing, touching the stone excessively may reduce the brilliance as oil from your fingers (or hand creams, cleaning products, etc.) smudges the surface, so only handle it when you have to. In addition, diamonds may be one of the hardest substances on Earth, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get scratched (especially by other diamonds), so you should always keep your jewelry separated. Most jewelry boxes are fabric lined and have specific compartments for rings, necklaces, etc., so be sure to utilize this handy tool. If you don’t have a jewelry box, try wrapping your items in tissue when they’re not in use. You can also keep your gems in the box they came in, but this could get fairly bulky if you amass a large collection. One last thing you may want to check periodically is that the stone is snug in its setting. If it gets loose, you risk losing it, so you’ll want to get a wiggle fixed immediately.
As for cleaning your diamond jewelry, a regimen can be discussed with your jeweler. Most people have their items cleaned once or twice a year by a professional (especially items like wedding bands that may undergo a lot of wear and tear). If the setting is white gold, it may also need rhodium treatments periodically to avoid turning yellow. In between cleanings, it’s a good idea to practice due diligence at home by soaking your jewelry once or twice a week. You’ll want to stay away from abrasive cleaners that may damage or pit the stone and its setting, so opt for a solution of warm water with a few drops of ammonia. Dirt and debris can be gently scrubbed with a soft-bristled toothbrush, although you should do away with the brush if your items are delicate, and opt for a soft cloth instead. And if you simply don’t have time for a weekly cleaning routine, at least invest in a polishing cloth. It only takes seconds to bring back the shine and remove dirt and oil from the surface of your stone.