When guests visit Shane Co., I love to share the four Cs of diamonds, with that “s” standing for “sparkle.” Not everyone puts the same level of focus on each of the diamond characteristics—some are most concerned with clarity, while others care more about color, carat weight or cut. But there is one thing they all agree on: They want the diamond to sparkle.
I have witnessed firsthand what can affect a diamond’s sparkle, including lifestyles and jobs. However, there are steps everyone should take to ensure their diamonds stay sparkling. We encourage customers to come as often as they would like to have us take a look at their jewelry and get it cleaned, but we ask that they come at least once every six months to keep their diamond’s warranty intact. Now some of our customers don’t live close enough or don’t have the time to get here more than once every six months, so we also have a few tips to help keep the sparkle between scheduled cleanings:
- Soak diamond jewelry in 8 oz. of warm water with 1-2 teaspoons of mild dish soap. Let it soak for an hour and then gently scrub the diamond with a soft toothbrush. Rinse with warm water.
- Spray diamond jewelry with an ammonia-based window cleaner, or make your own mixing one part ammonia to six parts water, then gently scrub the diamond with a soft toothbrush. Rinse with warm water.
Another way to keep your diamonds sparkling is to know when to take them off. Below is a list of things you should avoid doing when you are wearing diamond jewelry:
- Showering – Soap and shampoo can dull the sparkle.
- Cleaning – The chemicals in cleaning supplies can damage your diamonds.
- Gardening – Rocks and dirt can be hazardous to your diamonds.
- Playing sports – Excessive weight and pressure could chip your diamonds.
Remember, by keeping up with the maintenance on your diamond jewelry, you can make sure it always sparkles like new.