In the spring of 2017, approximately 30 million people had already invested in fine jewelry purchases. Understandably, these consumers will want to do everything they can to preserve their baubles and diamond jewelry. Those who want to protect their custom engagement rings and high-quality jewelry pieces need to follow proper care techniques. The dos and don’ts below should give you a good idea of the procedures you should (and shouldn’t) follow when caring for the pieces you’ve purchased from your master jeweler or local jewelry store.
- Store your diamond jewelry properly
Diamonds may be forever, but improper storage can result in chips and cracks. When you aren’t wearing your diamonds, you should keep them in a clean, dry spot like a fabric-lined case, special pouch, or jewelry box. Do not throw your jewelry into a jumbled mess in these storage containers, as this can lead to damage and/or tangling. Gold and silver pieces can also be damaged easily, so store them separately to minimize the risk of scratches or tarnishing.
- Keep it clean
Your ring won’t stay sparkly forever if you allow grime to build up. That’s why regular cleaning is a must. If you choose to clean at home, you can use an ammonia-based household cleaner and a soft brush to clean it. However, since certain cleaners can potentially damage these materials, it’s often best to take your jewelry in for professional cleaning on a regular basis.
- Handle it rarely
Whether or not you realize it, your skin contains oils that can actually damage your jewelry. That’s why it’s better to handle your jewelry as little as possible. Unless you are going swimming or using damaging products, try to keep your ring on whenever you can or keep your jewelry stored away until you need it. This will keep your jewelry safe, whether it’s on your person or in its box.
- Use harsh chemicals around it
“Harsh” doesn’t refer just to harmful cleaning agents. Your lotions, makeup, and other beauty products can cause damage, as can chlorine. You’ll want to remove your ring during your morning and evening routines and if you’re planning on taking a dip in the pool. Remember to take it off when you clean the house, too! Just don’t forget where you’ve left it.
- Take it off in public
Although you should remove your ring when around chemicals, you should keep it on when you’re at work, at a restaurant, or in another public place. Otherwise, it’s easy to forget it on a vanity or have it fall down the drain. Speaking of which, if you take your ring off in your bathroom at home, make sure it’s nowhere near the sink! Losing a ring in your household plumbing is everyone’s worst nightmare. As a rule, don’t take off your jewelry when you aren’t in your own home, and if you do take it off, remember to do so in a safe place.
- Think of your diamond jewelry as immortal
Diamonds are one of the hardest substances around, but they’re not indestructible. Older jewelry should not be scrubbed with a toothbrush at all, and you should refrain from using a washcloth or any other hard scrubbing material during your jewelry cleaning. You’ll also want to leave your ring at home if you plan on doing anything highly physical or that could pose a danger to your ring. Finally, consider investing in jewelry insurance to provide you with some peace of mind.
Your diamond jewelry is valuable in terms of both sentiment and finances. By doing everything you can to protect it, you’ll be able to enjoy it for many years to come and even pass it down to future generations.