I heard about using a toothbrush and toothpaste. And a friend said to boil it. I don’t want to hurt the setting.
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Diamonds Are Not Invincible
Although a diamond is the hardest substance known on earth (remember there is a difference between Hardness and toughness), it still requires attention and care. If diamond did not have a weakness, it could not be fashioned at all. That weakness is its perfect “cleavage,” or the tendency to split along its perfect crystal planes. This makes diamond susceptible to cracking or [glossary id='132' slug='chip' /]ping with a sharp blow. A good setting prevents most damage, but reasonable care is essential to enjoy your investment for many years. Below are some important tips you should know.
Protect the Setting
Take your diamond off and put it in a safe place when washing dishes (do not put it next to the sink because the open drain is an invitation for trouble). Avoid wearing your diamond when gardening or during household repairs that might scratch the setting or damage the prongs that keep the stone secure.
Check the Prongs
Be sure to take your diamond ring to a trusted local jeweler to check for loose prongs. You may have to pay a little to have the prongs retipped with gold once a year or so, but it will be well worth it. Prongs can break or weaken with normal wear, and it would be heartbreaking to lose your precious diamond.
Exposure during ordinary wear to perspiration and household chemicals, like chlorine and hairspray, can accumulate and dull the surface of a diamond. Periodic cleanings are crucial if you want to keep it brilliant and prismatic.
We recommend a gentle scrubbing with a soft-bristle brush in a solution of plain alcohol diluted in warm water. Periodic ultrasonic cleanings by your local jeweler are also recommended to clean hard-to-reach areas under the settings.
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