Keeping the Sparkle in Diamonds
In the Mohs scale of solidity, the diamond stone rates 10 and subsequently is the hardest substance known to man. Despite this, one diamond can scratch another and so items of jewellery should be stored in separate boxes, compartments within that box. Additionally, there are points of a diamond susceptible to chipping and even every day wear and tear can loosen a setting. Consequently, diamonds should not be worn whilst doing heavy work and it is advisable to have your diamond’s mounting and settings checked by a professional jeweler every 6 months. It is important too clean diamonds periodically so as to retain their sparkle. A few possible methods of doings so are mentioned below however having your jewellery professionally cleaned by a jeweler is the best option:
Mild Liquid Detergent
1. Fill a bowl of warm water and add a little amount of any mild liquid detergent
2. Using a soft brush, gently rub the jewellery piece until you have created a lather around it
3. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth/towel.
1. Fill a small bowl with a solution containing half ammonia and half cold water
2. Place jewellery in the solution and leave for approximately 30 minutes
3. Lift and gently tap around the mounting and setting with a small brush
4. Quickly dip in the solution a second time
5. Rinse off substance and dry on tissue paper.
Vodka and ‘Ice’
Simply place a diamond in a glass of vodka and allow it to soak for a few minutes