Cleaning Your Diamond

Mar 3, 2017

"Diamonds are perfect for everyday wear as engagement and wedding rings however they are not indestructible and should be worn with care.

Although diamonds are highly durable and resistant to scratching (except by another diamond), they can be chipped by a direct hard knock and may also become loose in their setting and even fall out!

Because diamonds have an affinity to grease and oils, they can become dirty when touched . To make sure your diamond keeps it sparkle we suggest the following cleaning methods below.

• Professional Cleaning

Having a professional opinion is the best option. Their input will help you assess the condition of your diamond or diamond jewellery. All jewellery purchased from The Diamond Shop comes with free lifetime professional cleaning.

• Handle your Diamond sparingly

Diamonds are natural magnets for grease; they're not easy to keep clean. Touching a diamond with your fingers provides enough oils from your skin (the type of ""grease"" that mostly affects diamonds) to alter the way your diamond looks. So less direct touching means your diamond remains clean and sparkling.

• Mild liquid detergent

Soak your jewellery in a small bowl of warm, soapy water made with any mild liquid detergent. Gently brush the diamond jewellery with a soft toothbrush while it is in the suds. Then, rinse each piece under warm running water. Pat it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure to always keep the plug in your sink.

• Household Ammonia

To keep your diamond jewellery looking beautiful soak the diamond in an ammonia-based household cleaner (such as window cleaner) overnight, once or twice weekly. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush (one that has not previously been used in any way, and that you reserve exclusively for cleaning your diamond) to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt. Swish in the solution a second time, rinse and drain on tissue paper.

• Jewellery Cleaner

Use any reputed brand name jewellery cleaner and use it according to the instructions given on the label.

• Avoid harmful solutions

Chlorine (as in household bleach) or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamonds, especially those which are set in jewellery. These erode some of the metals often used in diamond settings, and may loosen prongs, or even dissolve the metal completely.

• Ultrasonic Cleaner

By sending high frequency sound waves through a detergent solution, ultrasonic cleaners cause vibrating fluid to remove accumulated dirt and grime. However, they can also shake loose stones from their mounting, so this method shouldn't be used on fragile settings (or estate jewellery), or with certain coloured gemstones like emeralds and Tanzanites and is best undertaken by a professional jeweller.

Gold and Platinum Care

Most jewellery whether it be yellow gold, white gold or platinum can be maintained at home by cleaning your items with a soft toothbrush and hot water and a non abrasive soap. This will remove any hand cream, fingerprints, dust and dirt caught in the setting and will brighten up your metal. Be sure to check your jewellery regularly to make sure you don’t have any loose gemstones or missing or lifted claws. If you are unsure or have any concerns notify your local jeweller to check for you.

When you are not wearing your jewellery make sure you are storing them in a jewellery box where each item is protected and not getting scratched from another item.

Over time and general wear there will be small marks in the metal which are unavoidable. On a yearly basis we recommend you bring back your jewellery to be professionally cleaned;  particularly white gold which needs rhodium plating to look bright and white. This will bring your precious metal back to looking new again.

Titanium Care

To prolong the appearance of your Titanium jewellery we recommend removing your jewellery before using harsh chemicals or chlorine.

To clean your titanium jewellery, use a warm water and soap solution and dry and polish with a soft cloth. When not worn, store your titanium jewellery in the box supplied or a soft cloth bag.

Silver Care

To care for your silver we recommend a silver cloth or a silver cleaning solution, dry and polish with a soft cloth. To protect your silver from scratches when not being worn, we recommend storing in a soft cloth bag or in the box provided.

Palladium Care

To care for your palladium gently scrub your jewellery with a soft bristle brush and a mild solution of soap and warm water, dry and polish with a soft cloth.

General Care

You will find after a period of time your jewellery will not shine as bright as it once did whether it be the metal which needs polishing or gemstones which need cleaning.

The Diamond Shop recommends you keep a soft toothbrush at home to use to clean your jewellery. Use hot water and some non abrasive soap and brush lightly in and behind the settings to remove any hand cream, fingerprints, dust and dirt caught in the setting. This will brighten up your gemstones and also brighten up your gold and platinum.

We also recommend you bring your jewellery back every year perhaps around an anniversary so you remember to have your jewellery professionally cleaned and checked to make sure all claws are strong enough and your gemstones are safe and secure.  

Finally check the fine print of your insurance policy.  They will often state the time period required to have your jewellery checked."

The Tiffany mount or Tiffany setting is the generic name widely used in the jewellery industry to identify a classic diamond solitaire ring design. The classic Tiffany setting has a set of prongs called a claw, crown or coronet and these prongs are attached to the band.The well finished prongs securely hold the diamond and due to the polish the prongs do not snag on clothing. Having six prongs also means the diamond is held safe and secure which makes the ring ideal for everyday wear.

It is a popular and timeless setting for a diamond solitaire engagement ring and showcases the beauty and brilliance of the diamond to its full potential.

There are many setting variations available now. You can have the option of single claws or double claws, a tulip shape also known as a ‘U ‘shape setting, a ‘V’ shape setting and even a ‘W’ shape setting. You may add decorative scrolls, such as heart shapes, between the prongs.

The band variations range from a solid band with or without little daylight cut outs in the shoulders, a tapered or non tapered band, a rounded or flat profile band and you can also add a sprinkle of diamond accents in the shoulders.

The 6 claw ‘Tiffany’ style setting can be designed and made just for you with your individual preferences. Like to know more ? feel free to contact me directly for suggestions or to help assist with your bespoke ring.