Diamond is the most difficult natural substance on the planet. It can cut through any type of rock or metal, but only another diamond has the ability to cut through a diamond. It is actually necessary to heat a diamond to between 1290 and 1650 degrees Fahrenheit in order for it to become flammable. However, the oil deposited by the mere touch of a human finger can cause dirt to accumulate, causing this nearly indestructible gemstone to lose its lustrous sheen in a short period of time.
So, what can you do to ensure that your diamond remains in its pristine condition? Here are some pointers on how to keep your diamond looking its best.
Give Your Diamond Careful Attention
The fact that diamonds are natural magnets for grease means that they are difficult to maintain. Whenever you handle a diamond, the oils from your fingers adhere to the diamond's surface and diminish the diamond's brilliance and sparkle.
Clean Your Diamond On A Regular Basis
Keeping your diamond jewelry in pristine condition is as simple as soaking it once or twice a week in a gentle degreasing solution, such as water mixed with a few drops of mild dish soap. After you have removed the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any dirt that has remained on the diamond. If you are cleaning your jewelry with a toothbrush, make sure it is brand new and only used for that purpose. Clean difficult-to-reach areas, such as the back of the diamond, which tends to accumulate the most oil and dirt.
Apply With Carefulness
Use caution when cleaning delicate settings, such as older prongs in antique jewelry or a tension setting, in which the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank. Be gentle with the toothbrush when cleaning fragile settings. After that, simply rinse your diamond jewelry with water and dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth to complete the process. If you're working near a sink, make sure the drain is closed.
Be Careful When Using Harmful Solutions
When cleaning diamond jewelry, never use chlorine bleach or abrasives (such as household cleaners or toothpaste) because they can damage the stone. Abrasives and certain chemicals, such as chlorine, can damage some of the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings, and they can scratch gold and other metals.
Caution Should Be Exercised When Using Ultrasonic Cleaners
When it comes to removing encrusted dirt from diamonds, an ultrasonic cleaner is sometimes required. Ultrasonic cleaners work by sending low frequency sound waves through a solution, causing the solution to vibrate, thereby removing accumulated dirt and grime. However, they have the potential to loosen loose stones from their mountings and chip the girdles of diamonds that are set next to each other as well. If the diamond contains feathers or is included, proceed with caution, and avoid using ultrasonics if the diamond has been fracture filled, which should be avoided.
When in doubt about whether your diamond has been treated, it's best to consult the diamond's grading report, which will clearly state whether the diamond has been treated. Before cleaning your jewelry, you should also consult with a professional jeweler who can determine whether or not your jewelry requires repair, such as checking for loose stones and tightening them.
The facets of a diamond are responsible for the stone's radiance; they function as a series of many small mirrors, reflecting light both into and out of the stone. Cleaning the facets of your diamond on a regular basis will keep your diamond sparkling and your diamond jewelry in gleaming condition, ready to shine for your next important event.
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