Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material on Earth, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to care for your diamonds properly. Like anything else, they can be scratched, chipped or lost. That’s why it’s important to know how to properly clean and care for your diamond, whether you plan to sell it or not. If you’re looking to sell your diamond jewelry, you’ll fetch a much higher price if the stone is undamaged, clean and sparkles like new. Even if you aren’t looking to sell, these tips will help you make sure your jewelry looks as beautiful as it did the day you got it.
Storing Your Diamond
When you aren’t wearing your diamond jewelry, it’s important to keep it in its own container. Store it in a padded box or soft bag away from other pieces of jewelry. Remember, diamonds can be scratched by other diamonds. You may also have other gems that are softer than diamonds and can be scratched much more easily. That’s why you should never keep your jewelry piled in a drawer or simple box. Not only will the gems damage each other, but a lack of organization makes it much easier for your precious jewels to get lost.
Wearing Your Diamond
There are also some simple steps you can take to keep your jewelry safe and clean when you are wearing it. First, try not to touch the diamond. The oils on your finger can build up on the stone, attracting dirt and dust, and causing your diamond to lose much of its sparkle. It’s also a good idea to have your jewelry inspected occasionally to make sure the setting is secure. Diamonds can work loose from their settings over the years, and the last thing you want is for your diamond to fall out at the grocery store or the dog park.
Cleaning Your Diamond
To make sure your diamond sparkles like new whenever you put it on, you should clean it once a week. That goes especially for jewelry you wear every day like your wedding or engagement ring. Fortunately, cleaning diamond jewelry is quick, easy and doesn’t require anything you shouldn’t already have around the house. Here’s how to properly clean your diamond
1. Once per week, soak your diamond jewelry overnight in an ammonia-based cleaner (window cleaner works great).
2. The next morning, gently brush your diamond with a soft, clean toothbrush. Pay special attention to the back of the diamond, since that area tends to collect more dirt and oil. The toothbrush should be reserved only for cleaning your diamond. Don’t use the one you brush your teeth with, or the one you use to clean the bathroom. Be gentle, and don’t scrub too hard, or you risk damaging the setting or knocking the diamond loose. If it’s a different kind of gem, brushing too hard may even scratch it.
You should also make sure you clean your diamond in a safe place, preferably not over a sink. You don’t want the stone to come loose and fall down the drain. You also don’t want to damage your jewelry, should you drop it on hard surface of the sink.
Having Your Diamond Professionally Cleaned
You don’t need to do this every week, but every once in a while, it’s a good idea to take your jewelry to a professional jewelry cleaner. Professional jewelers can use tools and methods not available at home to make sure your diamond is the cleanest it can possibly be. They can steam clean your jewelry, or use an ultrasonic cleaner. What’s that? An ultrasonic cleaner removes dirt, dust and oil buildup by sending high-frequency sound waves through a liquid solution. It doesn’t just sound cool, it cleans your diamond like nothing else.
If you are looking to sell a piece of diamond jewelry, you should know that Diamond Lighthouse will clean your diamond for you if you decide to sell through us. Because we aim to get you the highest possible price for your diamonds, we want to make sure they look their best before we show them to our exclusive network of elite diamond buyers and dealers. When you sell your jewelry through Diamond Lighthouse, we’ll clean and polish your jewelry at no charge to you. It’s all part of making sure you get the best value for your diamond jewelry.