Proper Diamond Care Dallas TX
Diamond Maintenance and Care Tips
Many people take their diamond jewelry for granted and just assume that an occasional cleaning is all that is needed. Our Dallas jewelry technicians repair jewelry every day. Clients bring us rings that have bent or broken prongs holding the diamonds, chipped or scratched diamonds, and diamonds that have lost their brilliance because of chemical build up.
Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, but that does not mean they cannot be damaged. A hard blow can cause a chip or scratch. Dirt, grease or household products, such as hairspray, easily adhere to a diamond’s surface and can cause it to lose some of its brilliance. These materials interfere with the diamond’s brilliance and fire whether they gather on the top or the bottom of the gem. Even a thin film on the diamond can absorb some light, reducing the amount reflected.
Our clients sometimes find that diamond rings, diamond necklaces and diamond bracelets can be difficult to maintain when certain jewelry settings obstruct cleaning. Cleanliness does not, however, affect the market value of a diamond, since jewelers will clean the diamond before offering it for sale. Periodic cleaning with a solution of one part ammonia and six parts water is best. You can also use a soft brush to loosen debris that has settled on the diamond and setting interface.
When you are not wearing your diamonds, place them in a soft, cloth pouch to avoid damage. It also is a good idea have a jeweler inspect your fine jewelry periodically to assure there is no loosening of the diamonds from the setting.
Insuring Your Jewelry
Remember, if you own a significant amount of diamond, silver or gold jewelry, it’s wise to contact your insurance agent about jewelry policies and types of coverage offered. Pay particular attention to the deductible and any exclusions that are part of the policy before purchasing insurance.
If you have any questions regarding cleaning or assessing the value of your diamonds, contact our Dallas jewelry consultants or come by our store. We’ll be happy to assist you with any maintenance or appraisal issues. We have many satisfied customers who call us the No. 1 gold and diamond jewelry store in Dallas TX.