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. That’s due to their stable and inert chemical structure.
Interestingly, diamonds are also the hardest material on Earth but that doesn’t mean they are invincible. In fact, they are prone to cracking, chipping and other kinds of physical damage if proper care isn’t taken when wearing them.
When most people shop for an engagement ring, they often forget that the proper care of a diamond actually starts from the choice/design of their setting.
Depending on the shape of the center stone, different types of prongs are required to properly secure and protect the stone from physical 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 would also require 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 may require an occasional rhodium plating to restore its white shiny appearance.
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Besides the above mentioned factors, there are other aspects of jewelry care and routine preventive measures you can perform yourself. 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.
Here’s a list of useful articles you should check out:
- Insurance For Diamonds – Is it a Good Idea?
Worried that you might lose or damage your precious ring? You might want to consider buying insurance for your diamond jewelry to cover any unexpected losses or accidents.
- 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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Great article! I was trying to figure out if diamonds lose their sparkle overtime only to realize they just need a cleaning. I really like how informative this post is as not many people know how to properly take care of their diamond rings.
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.
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.
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 appreciate your useful tips and learning how to take care of a diamond engagement ring.
I will definitely take advantage of the recommendations given.
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.
I hadn’t realized that proper care for the diamond starts with the design you choose. My wife’s stone fell out of its bracket this past weekend. We’re looking to get it repaired soon.
Thanks for the reminder that diamonds are still prone to cracking or chipping if they’re not taken care of. My brother asked for help shopping for an engagement ring so he can propose to his girlfriend next month. I’ll share this info so they can use your advice to help the diamond stay in good condition!