Diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth. It can cut any kind of rock or metal, but only another diamond can cut a diamond.
In fact, to burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet the oil deposited from the mere touch of
a human finger can cause dirt to collect and make this nearly indestructible gemstone quickly lose its sparkling appeal.
So how can you keep your diamond looking its very best? Here are some tips on keeping your diamond sparkling.
HANDLE YOUR DIAMOND SPARINGLY
Diamonds are natural magnets for grease, so they’re not easy to keep clean. When a diamond is handled, the oils from your fingers adhere to the diamond’s surface and affect its brilliance and fire.
CLEAN YOUR DIAMOND REGULARLY
A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry looking beautiful is to soak it in a gentle degreasing solution, such as water with a
few drops of mild dish soap, once or twice a week. After you remove the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean
toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt. The toothbrush should be new and reserved exclusively for cleaning your jewelry.
Use it to clean hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond, which tends to collect the most oil and dirt.
Scrubbing your jewelry with a soft, clean toothbrush helps remove leftover dirt. Just be sure not to use on jewelry
that is too fragile, such as estate jewelry, to avoid any potential damage. Photo by Eric Welch/GIA
USE A GENTLE TOUCH
Fragile settings, like older prongs in antique jewelry or a tension setting where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank, shouldn’t be vigorously scrubbed, so be gentle with the toothbrush.
Then, just rinse your diamond jewelry with water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. If you’re working over a sink, make sure to close the drain.