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Care and cleaning of your Diamond Jewelry

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Diamonds are the hardest mineral known to man but they are not indestructible and can be damaged. A diamonds crystal structure is similar to the grain of wood and a sharp impact against this “grain” of a diamond may cause it to crack, chip or shatter.

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									                Care and cleaning of your Diamond Jewelry




Diamonds are the hardest mineral known to man but they are not indestructible and can be
damaged. A diamonds crystal structure is similar to the grain of wood and a sharp impact against
this “grain” of a diamond may cause it to crack, chip or shatter.

Care:

If you are like most people, tied up with the day to day commitments you tend to overlook that
your Diamonds may slowly be losing their luster. A few minutes of your time will bring back that
sparkle. Here are some helpful guidelines:

    •   Inspect your Diamond Jewelry on a regular basis. Any sign of damage or loosening of the
        prongs should be set aside for repair as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to have your
        Diamond jewelry examined at least once a year or as recommended by your Insurance
        Company.
    •   Avoid contact with harsh solutions such as Chlorine based chemicals as they have the
        tendency to discolor and even strong enough to deteriorate some metals.
    •   Remove your Jewelry when doing rough work or contact sports as a hard blow could chip
        your Diamond(s)
    •   Storing your jewelry next to other jewelry may cause scratches. A fabric lined jewelry
        case with separate compartments is ideal or place them individually into jewelry pouches.
    •   The old proverb, Last ON first OFF is a good rule. Many jewelry surfaces are affected by
        skin and hair care products. The most well known cause is perfume, cologne, lotions and
        some household cleaning supplies. This is due to the reaction of the chemicals with the
        alloys in the Gold. These reactions do not occur in Jewelry manufactured in Platinum or
        Palladium as they are hypoallergenic precious metals.
Cleaning:

   •   Prepare a comfortable cleaning area with a laid down towel to help protect your jewelry.
       Ensure there is adequate lighting allowing you to inspect your Diamond jewelry from all
       angles.
   •   Diamonds have an affinity to attract grease, like applied lotions and even natural skin oils.
       Place your diamond jewelry into a dish and top off with warm water to the touch. Add a
       dash of your favorite liquid dishwater soap and ammonia. (Ammonia works well in
       relieving the grease). Let your jewelry soak for a few minutes and if you have available an
       old "soft" toothbrush, you can very gently brush your Diamond jewelry clean. Remove
       from the sudsy water, rinse under warm water to the touch and dry with a soft, lint free
       cloth. Use a gentle touch with fragile settings and Estate jewelry. NOTE: This Guideline is
       not recommended for jewelry with Pearls, Opals or other sensitive Gemstones

   Tip: Use a plastic sieve or a tea basket that closes when rinsing to help keep the slippery
   jewelry from falling. Remember; plug the drain before you begin to ensure your jewelry does
   not fall down the drain avoiding a mishap.

   •   An Ultrasonic cleaner is also an option. Using the same warm water, detergent and
       ammonia combination, place your jewelry into the provided basket. A high frequency
       turbulence is created once turned on quickly releasing the encrusted dirt that has
       embedded itself in your jewelry. Any brand name liquid jewelry cleaner will also do.
       Follow the instructions given on the label. NOTE: Ultrasonic’s can also shake stones
       loose from their mounting; please follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using.

   Tip: A pair of tweezers will easily remove any fibers that are still stuck in the prongs or your
   setting.

   Regular cleaning and inspection will keep your Diamond jewelry in pristine condition, the
   desire of all as the sunlight captures each sparkle.

								
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