Diamond Jewelry Care
by: Keith Thompson
You just dropped several large bills to get your beloved (or maybe yourself!)
a diamond or diamonds that take your breath away. That kind of investment
deserves some careful attention, and that's the subject of discussion. To make
your diamonds last a lifetime, there are several areas, some obvious, some not;
that you need to keep in mind. While diamonds may be the hardest compound on
earth, they still need some loving care.
There are cleaning, checking your settings, security and traveling.
CLEANING YOUR DIAMONDS
Your diamonds can get pretty grotesque with day to day wear. Lotions, harsh
soaps, food and even the oils from your skin can contribute to a less than
lustrous diamond. Here are the four most popular ways to clean your diamonds at
home. 1-Give them a mild detergent bath, gently using a small soft brush to wash
away loose impediments. Be careful to do this in a small bowl away from the sink
as the only thing worse than a filthy diamond is a lost one! 2-Soak them in
solution of half ammonia and half cold water for about 30 minutes. Be sure to
only use a soft bristled brush as it's possible to scratch your diamonds.
3-use one of the Quick Dip solutions sold in stores. Follow the directions and
be sure not to handle the clean diamonds with your fingers, ruining all your
hard work. Pick your diamond jewelry up by it's edges.
4-Ultrasonic cleaning. There's lot's of these small machines that will clean
your diamond jewelry in a snap. Just be sure and follow directions, as each
machine is different.
CHECKING YOUR DIAMOND SETTINGS
At least once a year have your diamond jewelry settings checked by a reputable
jeweler. Have them check for a secure placement, particularly if your diamond is
set in soft metals such as 24k gold.
Some thoughts on securing your diamonds. Keep your diamond jewelry in soft
fabric covered jewelry boxes, preferably with individual compartments. One of
the only things that can cut a diamond is another diamond, so keep them away
from each other. don't wear it when doing hard heavy work. It's possible to chip
your diamond with a hard glancing blow. Keep your treasures away from small,
playful fingers. If you have a large amount, consider videotaping or digitally
storing photos of your gems for insurance purposes. And be smart: don't wear
your 15 carat diamond necklace to a Raider game and expect to make anything but
a lot of new friends!
TRAVELING WITH DIAMONDS
When traveling, store your diamonds in soft jewelry bags, individually, and use
a specially designed jewelry travel case if you can get one. They are made for
this purpose, and are handy indeed.
A piece of diamond jewelry means many things to many people. Diamonds are a
symbol of great affection. Please honor those who gave this gift to you by
giving your diamonds careful and regular care and attention and you'll be
rewarded with a lifetime with a lifetime of sparkle!
Copyright 2005-2013 Keith Thompson
Gemstone Care & Cleaning Tips
Gemstones are quite literally hard as rock, buy they can be damaged from
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jewelry looking fabulous for years to come.
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Greater Enjoyment of your Gold and Silver Jewelry
Jewelry can be beautiful to look at, fun to buy, and can make bold and revealing
statements about you. Hear are some tips for greater enjoyment of your favorite
gold and silver jewelry.
for Making Silver Jewelry Last a Lifetime
Silver is a soft metal that requires ongoing cleaning to maintain its original
luster, and proper storage to prevent scratches. There are several easy tricks
of the trade that professional jewelers have developed to maintain the beauty of
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