Caring For Your Jewellery
Caring For Your Jewellery
Diamonds may be one of the hardest substances on Earth, but you need to handle and look after your diamond jewellery with great care. Diamond jewellery can be damaged and needs to be stored correctly and regularly checked to ensure it stays looking its best. As experts in the care and maintenance of diamond jewellery, here are our top tips for caring for your precious stones.
Choose The Best Storage Boxes
When they're not being worn, diamonds should be stored correctly to prevent the stones from becoming dirty or damaged and to ensure the settings do not get bent or worn. Diamonds may be celebrated as one of the hardest substances known to man, but they can still suffer chipping, scratches and discolouration. Try to choose a jewellery box with a soft, velvet lining or other soft fabric such as silk. Also ensure that pieces aren't touching, so separate out earrings or check rings are not too tightly packed in their slots. When items of jewellery touch, the settings can become damaged as you take them out and the stones can become scuffed over time.
Choose When You Wear Them
As with most things, the more you wear them, the more likely your diamonds are to suffer everyday wear and tear. Diamonds are expensive and few people will wear them regularly from day to day, so it's worth keeping them in reserve for special occasions such as family celebrations and dining out. Wearing them too frequently can lead to the stones becoming dirty or worn and losing that wonderful lustre, so choose your moments and wear them when you really want to make a statement.
Have Them Checked On A Regular Basis
Taking your diamonds to your jeweller on a regular basis can keep them looking their best, which is why we recommend an annual check-up. A professional jeweller will be able to repair any damage to the settings of your stones, as mountings can be easily bent out of shape if they snag on clothing or whilst being handled. Your jeweller will also be able to 'shine up' your stones and the shank, buffing them to remove any dirt and smoothing out any flaws which might have developed over time. This will ensure they keep their brilliance and look their best when you next wear them.
Show Them Some TLC In Between Check-Ups
Cleaning your own diamonds in between check-ups will help keep them looking their best. Solutions such as chlorine and other abrasives can damage the mountings of diamonds, slowly dissolving the metals and loosening prongs which hold the stones in place. Make sure you clean your prized pieces with gentle formulas, even soaking your diamonds in a soapy solution in hot water overnight and then gently buffing them with a soft-bristle toothbrush and drying with a soft microfibre cloth.