Diamonds do need care to keep them at their brilliant best. A clean diamond not only reflects light better but actually looks bigger than one that’s been “dulled” by skin oils, soap, cosmetics, and cooking grease. Diamonds have an affinity for grease, and should be cleaned once every month to keep their fire at its brightest.
The Detergent Bath
Prepare a small bowl of warm suds with any mild liquid detergent. Brush pieces gently with a toothbrush while they are in the suds. Transfer to a wire strainer and rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft, lintless cloth.
The Cold Water Soak
Make a half-and-half solution of cold water and household ammonia in a cup. Soak the diamond for 30 minutes. Lift out and tap gently around the back and front of the mounting with a small brush. Swish through the solution once more, and drain on paper. No rinse is needed.
The Quick Dip Method
Buy one of the brand-name liquid jewelry cleaners with its kit and follow the instructions.
- Don’t let your diamond come in contact with chlorine bleach when you’re doing housework. It won’t hurt the diamond, but it can pit or discolor the mounting.
- Don’t wear your diamond when you’re playing sports, doing rough work, or doing the dishes. Even though a diamond is durable, it can be chipped by a hard blow along its grain.
- Don’t jumble around your diamond pieces in a drawer or jewelry case, because diamonds can scratch each other and also scratch other jewelry.
- If you see that your diamond is loose in the setting, return your diamond to us by insured, registered mail. We will check your diamond for loose settings and signs of wear, re-polish it and return it to like new condition for a nominal charge.
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