Sometimes, intentions with regards to caring for a piece of jewellery can be similar to caring for a new car. In the first few weeks or even months, you carefully wash your new car and dry it to avoid watermarks. You vacuum out any remnants of dirt or dust and even your closest friends and family aren’t allowed to eat or drink in it. But after a few months the car becomes a place to store things that you don’t want to bring into the house and any thought of soapy water touching the paintwork becomes a pipe dream, or distant memory.
Jewellery, as with cars, maintenance and care is of critical importance. Perhaps most crucial is storage – the right garage, or the best way to store your new diamond to make sure it’s as safe as possible.
Diamonds Can Be Destroyed.
Anyone who has been in a high school science class, or read an
article about diamonds knows that they are incredibly tough. In fact,
they are the hardest natural minerals on earth, the word, “diamond”
actually comes from the Greek word, “adamas” which means
But the thing is, diamonds can be damaged and even destroyed; they just can’t be scratched, except by another diamond.
To avoid chipping, breaking or cracking your diamond (yes, these things are very possible) make sure that you remove your jewellery when undertaking physically intensive tasks, or activities that may put them in harm’s way such as gardening, sport or washing the dishes.
Remember, There’s More to Diamond Jewellery Than the Diamond.
Unless you’re going to rub your diamond against other diamonds, it cannot be scratched, but the same is not true of the other components that make up your jewellery. If you are just carrying around a single diamond, then you wouldn’t have to worry about scratching at all, but your piece also has metal, and perhaps other stones that can be scratched or shattered through carelessness.
Treat your jewellery as if it was made entirely out of its softest part. An incredible diamond won’t look as good if a formally stunning white gold band is scratched and dulled through lack of care.
Simple Is Better.
Your jewellery came in a box or a pouch, or something that was designed to keep it safe. You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy storage boxes, just put the ring back in the bag – separately to everything else – and then place it gently in a drawer or somewhere else it won’t get knocked around. The critical element is routine – don’t commit to cleaning your jewellery every night and placing it in a box if it’s unlikely you will consistently follow through with it. It only takes a couple of careless, “I’ll just throw it in the drawer tonight” episodes to take your stunning piece and turn it into a shadow of its former self.
Caring for diamonds and making sure they maintain their looks is a discipline. Take the entire piece of jewellery into account, and create consistent and simple habits. Your jewellery will thank you, especially in 15 or 20 years.