HDiamonds are one of the most precious materials on Earth, yet also one of the strongest. Their name derives from the Greek word ‘Adamas’ meaning unconquerable and they are formed under extreme heat and pressure, making them beautiful yet strong and durable. This doesn’t mean however that you should neglect your diamond, and there are ways in which you can ensure that your diamond, and whatever is encasing it, stays clean and strong for many years to come.
As mentioned, a diamond itself is pretty tough. Not only are diamonds fireproof, but the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond! This is one of the reasons they are used for such delicate jewellery, that and the fact that diamonds are wonderfully scintillating and chic. Diamonds can however become dusty and dirty, and so can the metal or casing that a diamond comes in.
Gold, no matter whether yellow, rose or white is durable and a great choice for jewellery, especially within rings due to the addition of added metals. Gold in itself is actually quite soft, and the higher the gold content or carat, the more you will need to ensure you take care of it. If you want something a little harder wearing, then platinum is a good choice.
Whatever metal or casing you choose, however, you will still need to clean it as debris can get stuck in every crevice or clasp. When a diamond is handled too often, the oils in your skin adhere to the diamond’s surface and affect its brilliance and fire.
To remove the greasy film that can build up, you can simply wash your piece of jewellery in water with a gentle degreasing solution or mild soap once a week. Don’t use anything stronger as it can compromise the quality and finish of the metal or jewellery that the diamonds sit in. Don’t use anything abrasive also when it comes to material to clean your pieces, as it may scratch the metal.
Fragile settings, like older prongs in antique jewellery or a setting where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank, shouldn’t be rubbed too hard, so be gentle. You can then simply rinse your jewellery and dry with a soft cloth.
To keep dirt at bay, make sure you remove your jewellery when doing things like washing up, showering, and even exercising. This way, contact with oils, sweat and grease are kept to a minimum, leaving the diamond sparkling for longer. The same rule applies for things like shampoos and lotions that may lather up into jewellery and leave suds.
As with any jewellery, try and keep it safe and separate to other pieces. This ensures there’s no tangling of chains or scratches on the metal. We’d recommend jewellery boxes or drawers for everyday use, and jewellery rolls for travel.
At Goldsmiths, we’re always at your service. To help keep your jewellery in excellent condition, we recommend that you schedule a cleaning at your local Goldsmiths showroom every year. Our jewellers will also look out for signs of wear and tear, and suggest essential repairs before problems develop. Make an appointment by visiting your nearest Goldsmiths store or find out more at online.