But when was the last time you polished your diamond ring, bracelet or earrings?
Less-than-brilliant bling can spoil your party look. Here our jeweller reveals how to make those rocks really shine!
8 PRO TIPS – HOW TO MAKE YOUR DIAMONDS SPARKLE:
♥ DO use a soft touch. They may be the hardest mineral on earth, but keep in mind diamonds are precious, natural stones. Handle them with care. Don’t scrub them aggressively when cleaning or use excessive force when handling them.
♥ DO treat your diamonds to a regular soak. Weekly cleaning with mild soap, warm water and a gentle scrub with an old toothbrush is the best (and cheapest) way to ensure your diamonds looks their best. Always clean diamonds in a bowl, not over a sink. A loose stone could disappear down the drain. Also, this treatment is not advised for pearls as it may leave them looking dull.
♥ DO prescribe your diamonds Alka-Seltzer. This is a great pick-me-up for dull jewellery. Simply drop it in a fizzing glass of the popular antacid for a couple of minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. Your diamond will sparkle like new.
♥ DO use an ultrasonic cleaner for ingrained grime. These nifty little gadgets send high frequency sound waves through a detergent solution, vibrating the fluid to remove tough grime from hard-to-get-at nooks. Be warned, though, that effective as they are, they can shake stones loose if used for too long. If in doubt, your jeweller will do an ultrasonic clean for you.
BUT BE CAREFUL:
♦ DON’T over-handle your diamonds! Diamonds attract the oil that’s naturally produced by your skin. This in turn gathers a layer of dust particles that makes a diamond look dull. When handling or putting on your earrings, wear cotton gloves. If you’re polishing your ring’s band, hold on to the diamond with a lint-free cloth instead of your fingers.
♦ DON’T let diamonds rub together. They are the hardest mineral on earth, but one diamond can easily scratch and damage another. Always, ALWAYS store diamonds in an appropriate jewellery box, carefully separated so they don’t touch each other.
♦ DON’T expose diamonds to sudden temperature changes. This is especially important if your diamond has any inclusions. Diamonds may not respond well to sudden contact with hot water, and any existing natural fissures might cause the stone to break open. When cleaning, use lukewarm water first and then slowly graduate to warm water.
♦ DON’T use chlorine and other abrasive or corrosive solutions. This is particularly good advice if your diamond is set in jewellery. Metals are easily eroded by chemicals. For this reason it’s a good idea to remove jewellery before getting into a chlorinated pool.