Diamond Care

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Keeping Jewelry In Good Condition

Diamonds do not have a shelf life. If you kept a diamond for a hundred years, it would still have the same brilliance and sparkle as it had when you bought it. While they may be the hardest stones on Earth, diamonds are still prone to cracking, chipping and other kinds of physical damage.

When most people are considering an engagement ring, they often forget that the proper diamond care starts from the choice and design of the mounting.

Depending on the shape of the stone, different types of prongs are needed to properly secure and protect the stone from external damage. For example, the tip of a pear shaped diamond requires a v-prong to prevent the sharp point from chipping.

Apart from the diamond, the setting also requires routine maintenance due to wear and tear. Depending on the type of material used for the setting, the nature of a maintenance job can differ from one to another.

For example, platinum and yellow gold rings can be re-polished or buffed to remove scratches in order to restore their luster. On the other hand, white gold jewelry requires an occasional rhodium plating to restore its white shiny appearance.

Besides the above mentioned factors, there are certain aspects of jewelry care and preventive measures you can perform too. That’s why I dedicated an entire section of Beyond4cs.com to help you look after your diamond jewelry and keep them in their best conditions for a long time to come.

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Articles on Diamond Jewelry Care:

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  • How to Store Your Diamond Jewelry – Tips You Need to Know
    Even though diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth, they aren’t invincible. Diamonds still require proper care and handling when keeping them. You don’t want to accidentally scratch or damage other pieces of jewelry by placing them in the same storage box.
  • How to Clean Your Diamond – Keep Them Bright and Shiny
    The well-polished surface of a diamond is a magnet for oil and grim from your fingers. Overtime, diamonds will lose their sparkle and brilliance if they are not given a regular cleaning. I will show you how to set up an easy routine to wash your jewelry and keep them looking good at all times.
  • Keeping Your Jewelry Safe While You Travel
    Are you traveling with your jewelry and want tips to look after your diamond jewelry? Unless there is an absolute need to bring your prized possessions on a trip, my advice is to leave them at home to avoid unwanted attention when you are overseas.
  • How to Check for Loose Prongs In Your Ring
    Normal wear and tear can cause prongs to get loose overtime. To make sure that the prongs are doing their job of securing the diamond well, you should get your ring checked by a professional jeweler once a year.
  • Telltale Signs That Your Diamond is Cracked
    This is one of the most unfortunate situations you don’t want to find yourself in. Although diamonds the hardest material on Earth, a correct blow in a weak spot along its crystalline structure can subject it to catastrophic cleavages.
  • How to Avoid Diamond Switching Scams at the Jeweler’s
    I am sure you have heard of horror stories of people getting scammed or conned by diamond switching jewelers. While the majority of jewelers are folks who are out to make an honest living, there do exist a small minority of unscrupulous dealers. Learn to protect yourself with these tips to make sure you never fall prey to these scams.

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  1. Anthony-
    July 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Great article! I really like how informative this post is as not many people know how to properly take care of their diamond rings.

  2. Martha-
    October 17, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Hi Paul: I was a victim of a diamond switch by a jeweler. My current wedding ring is a VVS1 and I just purchased 2 ctw stud earrings and they are both VVS2. Since I am unable to detect the pinpoint which establishes the grades on these stones, how would I be sure that they do not get switched? There are disadvantages to purchasing higher graded stones for the average consumer. All stones are GIA inscribed.

  3. Paul Gian-
    October 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    The best way to do this is to get the jeweler to show you the inclusions with a microscope. Make sure they match the description as those indicated by the grading report. Any jeweler worth his salt should be able to do this for you and allay your worries. If possible, get photographs of the diamonds captured under high resolution. Most diamonds will show some cut features that make them unique to another.

  4. Carla G.-
    July 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Hi Paul,
    Thank you very much for the information!
    I have purchased 3 diamond rings from the diamond district.
    With each experience I painfully learned to beware of untrustworthy salespeople.
    I am grateful that you took the time to offer tips regarding purchasing gemstones.
    I will definitely take advantage of the recommendations given.

  5. Easton Memmott-
    July 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I was happy to learn that you can keep and restore the luster of platinum by polishing and buffing it. My wife and I are looking into purchasing new wedding rings and were concerned about them losing their shine. We will be sure to keep our new rings polished and buffed so they can keep their original quality.

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