| Diamond Ring Care and Maintenance
Pave, Micro Pave and Channel Set Diamond Settings
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Diamond engagement and wedding rings are often worn every day and it is recommended to give thought to its care. Diamonds and settings can get smudged, soiled and dusty. Everyday products such as lotions, powders, hair care products, soaps, as well as dirt and grease all can all leave an unsightly layer of grime on your diamond ring. Without regular cleanings, these layers can accumulate into a thick layer which can leave the ring looking dull and make the diamond loose its optimum sparkle.
Tips to Care for Your Diamond Ring
- Store your ring in a clean, dry place.
- Keep your ring in a fabric-lined jewelry case or in a box with compartments and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper.
- Don't mix your ring within a drawer or jewelry case. Pieces can scratch each other.
- Soak your diamond ring in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water.
- Use a soft brush if necessary to remove dirt. Soft is the key -- don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff enough to scratch the ring's metal setting.
- Swish the ring around in the solution, and then rinse it thoroughly in warm water.
- Dry the diamond ring with a lint-free cloth.
- Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewelry by its edges
- Use a dental Water Pik to flush away small bits of grime. You can also use a wooden toothpick to very carefully push dirt away from the diamond and setting.
- Avoid taking your rings into chlorinated pools or spas or using bleach and chemical products containing chlorine, which can discolor your diamond.
- See your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit your jeweler every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned.
- There are many types of small machines on the market that will clean jewelry in a matter of minutes using high-frequency sound. These machines are called "ultrasonic cleaners" and are available in many different models and prices. They can be a convenient way to quickly clean your jewelry at home. However, ultrasonic cleaners can damage some jewelry. Your jeweler can tell you if an ultrasonic cleaning machine is right for you and recommend an appropriate model.
- Do not wear diamond rings while doing rough work. Even though diamond is one of the hardest materials in nature, it can still be chipped by a sharp, sudden blow.
- Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Do not leave your jewelry on the rim of a sink where it can easily slip down the drain.