Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Ring Looking Perfect
Diamond Do's and Don'ts
Now that you have the perfect diamond ring with the setting of your dreams, you may think that it can withstand any kind of treatment. After all, a diamond is one of the hardest substances on earth and it should be able to stand up to anything, right? Wrong! While it is true that diamonds are pretty much resistant to damage by heat or scratching, they are nevertheless not indestructible. They can chip and break and are especially vulnerable at the girdle. Keep in mind these tips will work with most diamond alternatives, as well.
1) Don't Touch Your Diamond!
Diamonds need special care to keep them shining and looking their sparkling best. If you touch your diamond too much with your finger, the oils in your skin will gradually result in a dull, cloudy build-up. Always pick up your ring by its band, not by the stone or setting. Not only will this prevent natural oils from your hands building up around the stone’s setting, but it will help to keep the diamond more secure over time. During the course of ordinary wear your ring can also be exposed to dirt, dust, perspiration, makeup, hand cream and other substances, which although not harmful, can make it look dull and lessen its appeal.
2) No Harsh Chemicals
You should always remove your ring or wear rubber gloves when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals. Bleach and other cleaning agents can significantly dull its finish. If your ring has colored, porous gemstones like emeralds, they can be harmed by contact with strong chemicals. Even common substances used around the house, such as hairspray and furniture polish, have the potential to cause lasting damage. Chlorine is a definite no-no, so take off your ring before going swimming. Hair-dye is also out, so wear protective gloves and wash your hands thoroughly before you put your ring back on your finger.
3) Keep It Clean!
Your ring needs cleaning on a regular basis. You should plan on giving it a quick touch up once a week by soaking it in a bowl that contains mild liquid household detergent. Make a make a bowl of warm, soapy water and leave your ring in it for around thirty minutes. (Don’t fill a sink and soak it in there. Drain plugs can leak and before you know it, you’re calling a plumber to fish your ring out!) Brush it gently with a very soft brush, making sure you clean the back of the setting where dirt can collect. Dip it back into the solution, rinse and leave it to drain on some tissue paper.
Paper tissues can leave fibers and dust on the ring and are therefore less suitable for rubbing it dry than jewelry cloths or other lint-free fabrics. Alternatively, you could use a hair dryer on a low setting so that you avoid water spots.
While an at-home cleaning method is perfectly acceptable, you should consider having your diamond cleaned periodically by a professionally trained jeweler. Your jeweler can use one of two more thorough options for cleaning your diamond: a steam cleaner or an ultrasonic cleaner. An ultrasonic cleaner sends high-frequency sound waves through a liquid solution to remove the dirt and build-up, and a steam cleaner will use high-pressure steam to remove dirt and build-up.
Here’s an interesting and unusual tip! – Leave your diamond to soak in half an inch of vodka; it will dissolve any stubborn residue, give it back its sparkle and leave a brilliant sheen. Rinse it under a warm tap and rub it dry with a lint-free cloth.
4) Use Proper Storage
Because they are so hard, diamonds can actually scratch and damage other diamonds, gemstones and all types of jewelry metals, especially softer types such as gold. This is one of the most common ways jewelry becomes damaged. For this reason, store all jewelry, especially diamond jewelry, in individual soft cloth pouches when not being worn.
5) Be Safe - Not Sorry
Finally, we recommend some common sense tips to keep your ring safe and sound, because it can’t look perfect if you don’t have it any more. Washing your hands in a public restroom – or your own bathroom – is important but please don’t take off your ring while you do it. Sinks and bathtubs are dangerous places for jewelry; many expensive rings have ended up down the drain or in a toilet, lost forever! It’s too great a risk, so resist the temptation. Because unforeseen accidents happen all the time, we also strongly recommend that you insure your diamond against loss, theft, and damage.
Final thoughts on keeping your ring looking great.
It’s important to schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweler at least once a year to make sure the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose and there are no hairline cracks in the shank.
We hope our advice can help you look after possibly your most precious and important piece of jewelry – your diamond ring. We want it to look good for many years to come so that it can continue to give you joy for as long as you live.