We all know the age-old myth that diamonds are absolutely indestructible. While diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, along with this charactristic comes another not so desirable characteristic…brittleness. You see, diamonds have a property called isometric crystallography, which to the normal person unfamilar with complicated scientific words, simply means that diamonds are formed like one of those delicious flaky Pillsbury biscuits; they will peel off in layers when enough force is applied to them. That being said, if you happen to hit your diamond on something hard, it can break along one of those layers.
Because of this misconception, many of us get too comfortable wearing our rings while we do activities that may harm our rings. Rings are delicate works of art meant to be handled with care, and exercising a little caution goes a long way in maintaining and extending the life of your precious jewelry.
Here are some tips to help you properly care for your diamond jewelry:
1. Don't wear your ring to the gym.
We know you may want to show off your bling while you’re showing off your guns, but lifting heavy weights and gripping machines can bend and scratch the metal on your ring. Since diamonds are held in place by the metal of the ring, when this metal bends or stretches, stone loss can occur. You can also chip your diamond by accidentally hitting it against a weight or workout machine.
2. Don't wear your ring in the swimming pool or hot tub.
Chlorine is a harsh chemical and will weaken the alloys in the metal of your ring. Not to mention, if you lose your diamond in the water, the pool guy may have just received a un-deserved bonus.
3. Don't sleep in your ring.
You may not realize it during your much-needed beauty sleep, but you may be catching and pulling the prongs that hold your diamond in place on your sheets or blankets. Your body also swells at night making your ring feel like it’s a few sizes too small when you first wake up.
4. Give your ring a day at the spa.
Once or twice per week, soak your rings in a 50/50 solution of Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide for about 10-20 minutes. The Windex will remove the dirt and grime from daily wear, and the Hydrogen Peroxide will kill any bacteria that can cause your finger to break out. After soaking it in the solution, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush to remove soap and lotion residue. This will clean it as good, if not better, than most overpriced jewelry cleaners sold in jewelry stores and will leave you with more money in your pocket to buy…well…more diamonds!
5. Have your ring inspected regularly.
Bring your rings to your local jeweler to be inspected and cleaned approximately every six months. The prongs that hold your diamond in place can bend or shift from constant wear, making it more likely for your diamond to decide to “jump ship”. Most of the time, having your ring checked regularly by a professional jeweler can help catch these problems before they become a bigger problem. Be careful, however, because some jewelry stores will use this as an opportunity to take advantage of the situation and charge you an unreasonable amount for your repairs. Always be sure to get a second, and sometimes third opinion on jewelry repairs. Prevention is always the best solution, and giving your jewelry a little attention can help prolong its life and keep it looking like the day you said, “I do.”
Here at Israel Diamond Supply, we strive to educate our customers as much as possible. Our jewelers are always available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your jewelry, as well as bust any “myths” that could end up busting your wallet.
Posted on March 6, 2013
by Israel Diamond Supply