Caring for Your Diamonds –

By IANSlife

New Delhi, August 22 (IANSlife): Diamonds can be as old as the earth itself and are one of the hardest gems on earth, however, they still need to be cherished and cared for to keep them sparkling. De Beers Forevermark shares its top tips and tricks for caring for your diamond jewelery to ensure it continues to sparkle forever.

Protecting your diamond jewelry: Your diamond jewelry may be exposed to harsh chemicals or abrasive solutions. Whether it’s wearing perfume, applying sunscreen, doing the dishes, or simply using hair spray, these chemicals can erode or dull metallic settings. Sometimes it is best to remove your jewelry or wear protective clothing.

Handling your diamond ring: Specifically, when removing rings, you should always be sure to grasp it by its band, not the stone or the setting. This will help keep the diamond secure in its setting and prevent natural oils from your hands from building up around the stone.

*For an easy way to clean your diamond ring at home, use warm soapy water and gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

* Use a one part ammonia solution to six parts water, rinsing well to renew luminosity.

* Store-bought non-abrasive jewelry cleaners are a good alternative to brushing. Make sure the cleaner is safe to use on the metal of your ring, as well as the diamond itself. After cleaning, rub gently with a soft cloth to accentuate the shine of your diamond.

* It is recommended that you take your diamond to a licensed jeweler for professional cleaning once every six months. The jeweler can also inspect your ring for any weakness or trauma, ensuring the diamond remains secure in its setting.

Storing your diamond jewelry

Due to their natural hardness, diamonds can damage other gemstones, metals, and even other diamonds. To maintain the best quality diamond care, if you need to remove your diamond jewelry, it is always best to store it separately from your other jewelry. Whenever possible, always properly store your diamond jewelery in its case. Alternatively, keeping your diamond jewelry in individual soft cloth pouches will also protect it from damage. It is important to protect your jewelry box so that it can continue to protect your diamond. We recommend that you store your jewelry box in a dry, cool and secure place.

Protect your diamond jewelry

From the moment you receive it, your diamond contains a lifetime of memories to be created and dreams to be fulfilled. While nothing can replace the sentimental value of your diamond jewelry, you can protect its monetary value by insuring it (link to DER certification page) against loss, theft, or damage. Many insurers offer specific insurance policies for jewelry, which offer many advantages over other types of coverage.

A lifelong promise: caring for your diamond jewelry is about more than keeping your diamond sparkling. Designed to last a lifetime, it shows your commitment and care. A promise of your future and your Forever.

Sarah C. Figueiredo