So you finally have that diamond engagement ring, or other equally stunning piece that you’ve so long wanted. It’s brilliantly bright and sparkly, but how can you keep it that way?
There are a few tips and tricks you should know to best look after your diamonds to keep them as good as new for as long as possible.
Firstly, note that it’s almost impossible to actually damage your diamond. Only a diamond can cut another diamond, as it’s the hardest natural substance on earth, and you’d have to create a fire at almost 700 degrees Celsius to even have a chance of burning one.
However, diamonds are also very good at attracting grease. If you run your finger over the stone, the grease will stick to the surface and will affect the diamond’s shine. Therefore, it’s best to avoid touching your precious gem as much as possible.
If you wear the diamond regularly or every day, you may also clean it once per week with water, a degreasing agent (regular dish soap works well), and a soft brush. This will help remove any built up grease and keep it sparkling. The setting – the way the diamond sits within the jewellery - is usually the weakest point, so be careful to brush gently so as not to dislodge the stone. Toothpaste and household cleaners (such as those with chlorine) should always be avoided, as these chemicals can damage the metal.
When you buy your diamond, also ask us how often you should bring the piece in for a check and a professional clean. At Hennings can double-check the setting to make sure the stone doesn’t come loose, and can use ultrasonic cleaners for a professional polish.
As an optional ‘plan B’ for your diamonds, it is a good idea to include these gems on your insurance plan. While it’s practically unheard of for a stone to crack, it would be a huge loss should your diamond ring get lost or stolen – so insurance can be the ultimate way to keep it shining (on your finger) forever!