Diamond Care - Cleaning & servicing your diamond

Cleaning a diamond Ring

Lotion products, hand creams and everyday grime all have the ability to leave a film on your diamond ring to keep it from looking its very best. If you wait too long between cleanings, seemingly harmless grime can accumulate into a layer of gunk on the back of your diamond; blocking light and making the diamond appear dull and lifeless.

Diamonds are the hardest and most valuable substance known, but that doesn't mean we can bring them back to their full potential with just any cleanser. Specific coatings and other materials used to enhance the brilliance of diamonds can end up being accidentally removed by the wrong chemicals or vigorous scrubbing, so take care when it's time to make your diamond ring sparkle.
  Efficient and Gentle ways to Clean Diamond Rings
  • 1. Soak your diamond ring in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water. A mild dish
       washing liquid is a good choice such as Dial, but any other mild detergent is fine.

  • 2. Use a soft brush to remove dirt. Soft is the key -- don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff
       enough to scratch the ring's metal setting. You can use a soft baby toothbrush if need be.

  • 3. Move the ring around in the soap and water solution, then rinse it thoroughly in warm water.
       Make sure to close the drain first, or put the ring in a strainer to keep from losing it!

  • 4. Dry the diamond ring with a white, lint-free cloth.

If the diamond and setting needs extra help, use a dental Water pick to help push away bits of grime. You can also use a wet wooden toothpick to carefully push dirt away from the diamond and setting.
  Cleaning rings with multiple types of gemstones
The method you use to clean you diamond jewelry should also protect its weakest element. If your ring includes other gems, use a cleaning method that is suitable for the less durable stones.  For example, emeralds and pearls tend to be weaker, so it might not be a good idea to use a brush on them, also be aware that high temperatures can damage colored stones.
  Protect diamond rings from chlorine
Keep in mind how chemicals such as chlorine in swimming pools or Jacuzzis can affect your fine jewelry. Remove your rings or wear rubber gloves to keep chlorine away from your rings.
  Storing your diamond jewelry  
  Daily Storage:
Diamonds can be extremely delicate, which is why they should be stored very well in order to prevent any damage. They could end up being scratched, cracked, or chip without proper care. If you don’t have much space, store your individual diamond jewelry (Mixing jewelry can create damage if they scratch) in a soft, lint free cloth to avoid dust. If you do have the space, keep them in their original boxes. If all else fails, you can keep them separately in a plastic bag or in a white cloth (in case moisture becomes an issue, you won’t have to worry about dye’s leaking onto the jewelry).
Travel Storage:
It is very important to store diamond jewelry in a container or luggage that is not entrusted to anyone but yourself. Still keep jewelry properly wrapped and individually stored while travelling – since it may move around a lot more and have a greater chance of becoming damaged. There are many travel jewelry cases with different compartments designed specifically for this purpose.
Long-Term Storage:
For very expensive or rare diamonds or even family heirlooms, the best storage option would be to invest in a bank safety deposit box. Even though the box will stay put, the diamond jewelry should still be wrapped individually and stored with the upmost care. Safety deposit boxes are very dry and usually free of moisture which while a good thing for diamonds, other gemstones may become brittle or loose. If your jewelry contains other gemstones, keep a damp cloth in the safety deposit box with it.

Insuring your Diamond

  Now that you’ve found the right engagement ring, you'll want to insure it against theft, damage, or loss. Beyond its sentimental value, your ring is also a major investment, so you need to treat it accordingly. Whether through your home owner's insurance, renter's insurance, or outside jewelry insurance company, it's important to protect your ring's value.

If you have home owners or renter's insurance, you may be able to add your ring to an existing policy by adding a “rider” or “extension.”  Generally, you should expect to pay between $1 and 2 per $100 of the ring's value per year. Even if your ring didn't cost a lot of money, it is likely of sentimental value. You should get insurance so that it can be replaced easily in the case of an emergency.

Trusted Insurance Carriers for Jewelry:
Liberty mutual
Jewelers mutual

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