Caring For Your Diamond Jewellery
The maintenance of jewellery is commonly associated with caring for the diamonds set as well as the precious metal.
Daily exposure to household chemicals, skincare products and natural skin oils dulls the diamond’s natural brilliance and sparkle.
We recommend professional cleaning once every 6 months in which we use professional jewellery cleaning products and tools to wash and brush away accumulated dirt and oil.
Our trademark quote is that “a diamond is forever, but the setting is not.” So, if your ring or other diamond jewellery has undergone trauma, such as having been dropped or knocked against hard surfaces, we strongly advise a professional check to ensure the firm setting of the diamond. This is a complimentary service by eClarity for all its members. GIA recommends a check and polish once every year, and below are a few tips to ensure the best condition of your jewellery.
Always protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold. Ideally, store your jewellery in a soft cloth box or pouch. Try to keep pieces compartmentalised, so that they don’t rub against each other and become scratched.
Avoid contact with chemicals such as nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray.
Do take off your jewellery when performing active tasks and tasks requiring contact with chemicals; e.g. cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.
Never go swimming in your jewellery, as chlorine in swimming pools can be damaging to your jewellery.
Maintaining the lustre of precious metals
Alloyed gold is pale yellow in colour, which requires it to be plated with rhodium to give it a silvery-white reflective surface. Rhodium is a silvery-white metal that is hard and durable, and also increases the corrosion resistance of the gold jewellery. As white gold jewellery wear off with time exposing its yellowish tint, replating of rhodium is necessary.
Due to the high copper content (20%) in rose gold alloys, copper in rose gold jewellery will become oxidised to form deep reddish-brown copper oxide when exposed to air over prolonged periods. Polishing of the jewellery or a reducing agent can be used to restore the original colour of rose gold.
As yellow gold jewellery are not plated to give their colour, they do not require replating. However due to prolonged wear, they may become tarnished, which calls for a polishing to restore their lustre.