Diamonds are the hardest natural substance found on earth. It has fascinated many for its exceptional shine and anomalous properties. Every diamond is indeed unique. No two diamonds are the same because each diamond has complex characteristics. Because it is the hardest substance it does not decay. A natural diamond can a billion years old and are found 800 km inside the Earth’s mantle.
But, a diamond is precious because of its cultural relevance. It is known to signify strength, love and considered an instrument of magic. Keep your diamond jewellery sparkling and treasured in these handy and effective ways:
- Makeup and creams: Whenever you wear your diamond jewellery ensure to apply your creams and makeup before you put it on. Diamonds have a natural affinity for moisturising creams and makeup. They tend to stick to the jewellery making it look dull over time and miss its lustre.
- Storage: Keep your jewellery with diamonds in a steel box wrapped in celofin. Do not store your jewellery in cotton. Wooden, steel or plastic boxes instead of the boxes given by your jeweller. The elements used in maintaining velvet or velour boxes can be harmful to your jewellery. They are meant for making your jewellery presentable and do not serve a purpose beyond that. It can also result in the metal being tarnished or spoiled with continued exposure to the velvet.
- Old jewellery: If your old jewellery looks less shiny then a home remedy can save it. Soak your diamond jewellery in lukewarm water mixed with a mild liquid soap. Keep the jewellery soaked for 10-15 minutes and rinse. You can also use a toothbrush to brush away the residue and remove the dirt stuck in corners. This will give you about 80% shine. For 100% shine, take your priced jewellery to your jeweller and get it cleaned. They will use special cleaners and steam to wash your jewellery and make it look as new.
- Cleaning cloth: If you like to regularly and routinely look after your jewellery then the cloth that comes with your eyeglasses is ideal. It is an effective way to keep your jewellery pieces tidy. Although any cleaning cloth having cotton and linen can be used too. The cloth should not have thread strains that might get stuck in the jewellery which will make the jewellery look unkempt.
- Handling: It is in the best interest of your diamond jewellery to handle or touch it as little as possible. The natural oils in our skin can damage the shine and look faded over time.
- Fragile pieces: If you have a collection of heavy diamond and gemstones jewellery then it is advisable to not clean them at home, especially scrubbing them with a toothbrush. Be gentle with them when you clean them at home. It is best to take them to the professionals such as your jewellery to care for them when cleaning is needed.
- Stay away from the store cleaners: There are jewellery cleaning agents available in the market which have many chemicals that can be harmful to your jewellery pieces and diamonds. It can also cause skin problems and rashes.
- Wearing your diamond jewellery: Do not wear your jewellery when you are doing heavy work or going to the gym. Even if diamonds are durable they can chip away or get damaged by a hard blow.
Diamonds are always with a lot of sentimental value. It would be a shame if that was lost by not maintains the jewellery piece by simple care. Wear your diamond jewellery and enjoy it thoroughly without having excess contact with it. Insure the heavy pieces you have and take them to the jewellery regularly for maintenance.
Diamonds are hard substances so remember that any heavy work can cause damage to it. It is also sensible to not keep your diamond trinkets such as engagement rings, pendants and earrings on the wash sink. It will easily slip and vanish. Maybe consider having jewellery plates in your bathrooms. Diamonds can also be fixed and refitted at the jewellers so you can have the same stone in a different setting. Carefully consider your upgrade in consultation with your skilled and talented craftsman.
By – Saurabh Khandelwal, Owner at Dhanvi Diamonds