How to Care for a Diamond Ring
In addition to cleaning your diamond jewelry properly, it is important to understand how to care for the diamonds. Follow our tips below and your jewelry will be set to last for many generations to come!
- Although it is durable, a diamond can still be chipped. It is best to take off your diamond jewelry when doing strenuous activity or working with your hands.
- Don not leave your ring near the sink when you remove it to wash your hands. It can easily slip down the drain.
- To maintain the "just like new" sheen, the rhodium plating of white gold jewelry should be reapplied every year by a professional jeweler. As the plating wears away a white gold piece will, over time, look more yellow than white.
- Take off your diamond jewelry while sleeping; a prong can catch on the sheets and bend, causing you to lose your diamond.
- Remove diamond jewelry when putting on lotions or creams, they can leave a residue on your jewelry making it look dirty and often discolor the diamonds.
- Though most harsh chemicals are not going to damage your diamond, many (like chlorine) could damage or discolor the setting and cause your diamond to fall out.
- Remember to take off your gold jewelry before you go to sleep, gold jewelry could get caught on your sheets and stress the prongs or links causing damage to the soft metal and loosen gemstones.
- Don't wear your gold jewelry while swimming or working with household chemicals. The metal can become discolored and damaged by harsh chemicals such as chlorine.
- Check your diamond regularly to make sure the setting is tightly holding all diamonds in place. Have your diamond jewelry checked out once a year to make sure everything is fine; one bent prong could mean your diamond is gone forever. At the annual check-up, the jeweler may also clean your diamonds making them as sparkly as new again! Michael C. Fina has a jeweler on staff to assist you, call 1-800-289-FINA for more information.