Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they are not indestructible. While they can be cut or polished only by another diamond, a hard blow can cause them to chip.
Never wear your diamond jewellery when doing rough work.
Do not store your diamond jewellery pieces together as this can cause scratches. It is ideal to keep all jewellery in a jewellery case with separated fabric-lined compartments.
Have your diamond jewelry examined at least once a year by a professional jeweller. In addition to performing any necessary repair work, your jeweler can expertly clean your jewellery.
Exposure to lotion, skin oil, hairspray, household chemicals and other substances can cause buildup that will affect your diamond's brilliance and sparkle.
Use a solution of warm water mixed with a few drop of ammonia in which to soak your diamond jewellery. Gentle scrubbing with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush is useful for more extensive cleaning. Rinse and dry with a clean soft cloth.
GOLD AND PLATINUM CARE
There are various metal types in the market. White gold, yellow gold, rose gold as well as platinum.
Gold has long been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for jewellery. Bright yellow in colour, gold is a dense, soft and shiny metal. It's superior conductivity and ability to resist rust and corrosion ensures that gold is widely used throughout the electronic industry.
Platinum is highly valuable, scarce and a major precious metal commodity. Being very white, it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold does. Platinum is also a very dense and heavy metal, so a Platinum ring will feel heavier than an equivalent 18K gold ring. Platinum is rarer than gold and therefore is a little more expensive.
- Clean all jewellery regularly using a professional jewellery cleaning solution.
- Clean using a polishing cloth for precious metals. These are often impregnated with a cleaning solution so when rubbed over your ring, will give it a good shine. Try to use a micro-fiber cloth, to prevent snagging of fibers between the stone and setting.
- Take your ring to a local jeweller to be professionally cleaned and polished. A jeweller can buff out scratches on the gold or platinum. This may be necessary once every year or so.
- When you take your ring off for long periods of time, keeping it in a sealed plastic bag will reduce any oxidisation of the metal.
Precious gemstones like Sapphires, Rubies, and Emeralds are very refractive gemstones and do not cloud or turn lackluster quickly with wear but really do benefit from being kept clean. Use a soft toothbrush and soapy water to gently clean stones, remembering to clean the back of the gemstone too. A knock onto a hard surface can chip or even shatter a gemstone
Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Spinel, Zircon and other coloured gemstones such as Kunzite, Chrysoberyl or Morganite should always be worn with the care and should be kept clean in the same way as precious gemstones.
Delicate strung pearls such as South Sea or fine Fresh Water Pearls should not be immersed or worn in water. Clean with a clean soft cloth or professional pearl cleaner. Pearls love to be worn as moisture from the skin enhances the luster. Always apply perfumes and creams before putting on your pearl jewellery.