Diamond Care

Diamonds are known for their durability and resistance to scratching, but they are not impossible to damage.
Read on to discover the best way to take care of your brilliant gem so it can last you a lifetime.


Diamond Care

care for a diamond ring

Diamonds are reputed for their durability and resistance to scratching but can be damaged if not well cared for. Diamonds can be scratched by other diamonds, chipped if struck on its edges, or lost if the setting becomes loose. Protect your diamond jewelry by wearing it with care and storing each piece in its own padded box or cloth bag. It is best to remove your jewelry when bathing, cleaning, or applying lotions. Chemicals (even sweat) can have an adverse effect on precious metals. To prevent buildup and keep the clarity of your jewelry brilliant, gently wipe it using a lint-free cloth.


How to clean a diamond ring

eternity ring - clean

To clean your diamond ring and maintain that sparkle, soak it for a few minutes in a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap or using a ready-made special cleaning solution for precious gems and crystals. Then you may use a diamond cleaning brush to gently clean the surface. A soft cloth can be used to gently rub the metal. Note that for pave and basket settings, prolonged soaking can increase the chance of gems becoming loose. If dirt is lodged in the setting, it can be carefully removed with a toothpick.

Remember: Your diamond may be scratch-resistant, but the metal is not. Having your jewelry and engagement ring and wedding ring periodically cleaned and examined by a professional jeweler will help ensure it remains in good condition and maintains its clarity over time.


How to Clean a Cloudy Diamond

As a classic piece of jewelry, a diamond ring and other diamond pieces (the popular and traditional diamond engagement ring) would be found in almost every woman’s jewelry box. Part of taking care of these timeless pieces of diamond jewelry, one must know how to clean a cloudy diamond ring.

Although diamonds are the toughest gemstones, without care and maintenance, you will see a cloudy diamond ring or jewelry pieces of cloudy diamonds in your jewelry box. Wearing your diamond ring everyday exposes it to dirt, grime, and film layers from lotion, makeup, hair sprays. Soon your sparkling eye catching diamond rings will not look like fresh from the jewelry store but be a bunch of cloudy diamonds mounted on white gold or other precious metals. The diamond’s sparkle comes from the light reflected on its facets and surface. If the surface is dirty, that’s when the stone turns into a cloudy diamond.

Avoid touching the stone/s on your ring! (It’s understandable that engagement rings are often touched and stroked by the new fiancee.) Put your best effort not to do that. As an alternative, get into the habit of touching the metal band or the setting when taking your ring off. This will prevent any buildup of dirt, grease (film from lotions, makeup, soap residue, and other everyday essentials) on the stone’s surface — this really reduces the sparkle and brilliance of your stone!

You can also do a weekly cleaning of your cloudy diamonds at home. To clean your ring at home you need only common household items like a small bucket of warm water or soapy water, liquid detergent or liquid soap, a brush with soft bristles and a soft piece of cotton cloth. It’s just a matter of minutes to keep your diamond clean. Take note: do NOT use bleaching agents to clean your ring or your diamonds. A cleaner with abrasive chemicals will mar the diamonds’ surface.

Additional tips to clean diamond jewelry weekly comes from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) that recommends a once or twice weekly soaking of your diamonds in an ammonia-based glass cleaner overnight. In the morning you take out the diamonds out gently scrub (not too much force, please!) with a soft toothbrush. This will be your regular weekly cleaning of your ring at home.

Then at the same time, for maintenance, take your diamond jewelry to the jewelry store where ultrasonic cleaners will be used to do a deep clean of your engagement rings by a professional jeweler. An ultrasonic cleaner is steam cleaning for like a deep cleansing of your diamonds. Just like you have regular checkups with your doctors, your car undergoes regular maintenance checkups, your diamonds need this too, to keep a clean diamond gleam and sparkle brightly again!


Jewelry Insurance

insurance

Insuring your precious jewelry items such as your diamond rings is the best way to protect your investment from unforeseen events, specifically theft or loss.

If you decide to insure your jewelry, the first step is to check what coverage is provided by your home insurance. It will likely be less than the value of your piece. Another option is to insure with a specialist diamond insurance company.

Many insurance companies offer insurance specifically for jewelry such as diamond ring insurance, so it is wise to shop around and compare policies and inclusions.

Some points to consider:

  • What is the deductible?
  • Are you covered for the full cost of the piece?
  • Is the policy for a replacement piece or a cash payout?
  • What type of appraisal is required and how often?
  • Does the policy cover damage inclusions? Loss or theft abroad inclusions?

Frequently Asked Questions

Clean your diamond ring weekly – you can do this at your home and it will take just a few minutes to bring back your stone’s sparkle! All you will need are common household items like warm water, liquid soap, a small bowl, a soft toothbrush and a paper towel or soft cloth. First soak your ring in a bowl of warm water and liquid soap mixture for around 20 minutes. Next, brush it with the toothbrush, gently. Then rinse it under clean running water. Finally dry the ring with a soft cloth. NB – a paper towel might leave scratches. Do this once a week at least to keep your diamond engagement ring clean.
To maintain the brilliance and sparkle of your cloudy diamond ring, take it to a jeweler for professional cleaning. It is just like our regular 2x/year check ups with the dentist and personal doctor, or cars routine maintenance, your diamond rings will greatly benefit.
More additional tips for a clean diamond on your ring mounted on a gold setting is beer then brushing with a soft bristle brush!
You can indeed use vinegar to clean your engagement rings and make the stones once again into non-cloudy diamonds sparkling brightly. In a small container, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and soak your ring for 2-3 hours. Then rinse your ring under running water and dry it with a soft fiber.
The vinegar and dissolved baking soda mixture is said to be the popular (ergo, the best) homemade jewelry cleaner.
Another traditionally popular homemade jewelry cleaner is toothpaste on a soft bristle brush. Scrub gently your diamond jewelry then rinse in running water and dry with a soft fiber and voila, your diamond gets back its gleaming brightness!
The best way to clean a diamond ring at home is a soaking in a warm water and dishwashing soap solution for 20-40 minutes. Then a gentle scrub with a soft bristle brush, ending with a rinse under warm running water. Repeat, if necessary in a second container.
Jewelers’ tips on how to clean a cloudy diamond ring:
In a small bucket with lukewarm water with dissolved mild detergent. Mix carefully so the solution becomes a homogeneous soapy mixture.
Soak your cloudy diamond rings in the solution for 5 minutes, for cleaning of accumulated dirt and grime.
At the same time prepare a second bucket filled with warm water. Add ammonia-based glass cleaner. Do NOT use chlorine-based cleaners because that would react negatively with some metal parts of your diamond ring. Then transfer your ring to the second bucket for a deeper cleaning soak.
After a few minutes of soaking, take out the ring and brush with care, all sides of the ring especially the edges and backside where dirt usually builds up. After brushing soak back in the mild detergent bucket.
Then rinse your ring under running water. Ensure that the drain is covered so if the ring slips from your grasp you don’t lose it.
Then wipe the ring with a soft fiber. Do not allow the water to evaporate after rinsing because this will leave marks on the stone.
Jewelers use ultrasonic or steam cleaners to clean a diamond.
It is okay to clean a diamond in windex, which will take out the accumulated dirt and the hydrogen peroxide will kill any bacteria on the ring.
The first reason a diamond gets damaged is the weakness in its internal structure – the presence of inclusions or flaws.
There could also be accidents while the stone is being set on the band.
Daily Wear-and-Tear. Common accidents and incidents can cause damage to the diamond. When two diamond rings are beside each other and the stones chip each other. Exposure to high heat. Snagging your jewelry on your clothing or hitting it against a piece of furniture. Generally, if you are careful in your daily activities, your jewelry will not be damaged.
The best diamond cleaners can be searched on the internet – these are categorized into best overall, best handcleaning solution, best for polishing gold and silver, etc.
Isopropyl alcohol will not damage diamonds and other gemstones, it is a safe and effective cleaner.
It is not necessary to take off your diamond engagement ring when you wash your hands. Gentle soap and water is one of the common cleaning methods of a ring at home. Just be careful the ring doesn’t get loose from your finger and drops into the drain.
Baking soda is a good home cleaner for all types of jewelry including diamonds, mixed with lukewarm to warm water.