Despite being known one of the hardest substances on earth, diamonds are not invincible, says a diamond expert.
To keep your diamond jewellery sparkling new, take special care by following these four steps.
1. Be careful with cosmetics
Wearing a diamond ring while you’re slathering on lotions and spritzing perfumes can have a build-up effect on your sparkler.
“Lotions, cosmetics, and perfumes may be beautiful but their effect on jewelry is another story,” he says.
“Products can build up over time and cause your jewellery to lose its natural shine while harsh chemicals may weaken or discolor your precious metals. We recommend you remove your jewellery before applying your product,” he said.
2. Remove your diamond ring before strenuous activity
Stones can become loose in their settings and can be easily knocked out with any vigorous activity.
He says: “Damage to your diamonds is avoidable. Simply remove your jewelry before engaging in activities that might damage the stones.
“For example, gardening, cleaning, and even exercise can put your precious gems at risk.”
3. Regularly inspect your jewellery
If you wear a diamond ring every day, take the time every six months to clean it and look at it carefully.
“The more you wear your jewelry, the more often it should be inspected,” he says.
“If you only wear the item once or twice a year, a simple eye-check before placing the item back into storage is acceptable.”
4. Clean your diamond at least twice a year
A simple and easy way to clean your diamond ring is to soak it in vodka and use an old soft toothbrush to gently clean around the setting.
“Remove any oil and dust that has collected in the crevices behind your setting that may be dulling the beautiful sparkle,” he says.
“Simple steps can keep your stone sparkling for a lifetime.”