Selecting the Stone:
Selecting the right diamond is a very emotional decision…however, understanding what you want and the basics like the 4 C’s, can only help you make the best choice.
Knowing what shape you want — from classic round to a fancier shape of an emerald or marquis cut, knowing what makes each different shape the best is what you need to know.
Understand how a the raw diamond shape dictates with the section on Manufacturing a Diamond, and learn what goes into the cutting of a stone in the Cutting Process. And finally, learn about the all important 4 C’s and “What makes a diamond sparkle?” so you can find the right diamond for you.
THE BASICS OF KEEPING YOUR DIAMOND CLEAN:
So how can you keep your diamond looking its very best? Here are some tips on diamond care:
- Handle your diamond sparingly, as your fingers provide enough oil from your skin to alter the way your diamond looks.
- Clean your diamond regularly. A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry always looking beautiful is to soak the diamond in an ammonia-based household cleaner (such as window cleaner) overnight, once or twice weekly. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt.
- Be aware that fragile settings and estate jewelry won’t take kindly to being scrubbed with a toothbrush, so use a soft touch. Then, just rinse the diamond with water and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Don’t use harmful solutions. Chlorine or abrasives should never be used when cleaning diamonds, especially those set in jewelry. These erode some of the metals often used in diamond settings, and may loosen prongs, or even dissolve the metal completely.