How to Care for Your Diamond Earrings

By: Craig Thornburrow

Whether you have purchased your own diamond earring or they were a gift or perhaps even past down as a family heirloom, the only way to keep them looking their best is by knowing how to care for them properly. In order to take care of them properly you are also going to need to know how to clean them. Your earrings need to be cleaned often to keep them clear and looking good. So let's take a look at how to keep them in perfect condition.

First, when you are going to wear your earrings make sure that they are the last item you put on. This is important because you do not want them to become dull. This can happen from several factors. For example if you put your diamonds in before you have finished your hair, the products you use such hair spray and mousse can coat your earrings and over a few days they will no longer sparkle like a clean pair of earrings can. This is often true with perfumes and lotions so put your earrings on last so they stay clean longer.

Another thing that can dull the shine of your diamond is by touching the diamond itself. The oil from your hands can adhere to the diamond which can dull its appearance quickly. So when you are handling your diamond earrings try to keep your hands on the stud. Another thing to consider is when you do need to clean your earrings is how to do this. Many suggest you should use warm to hot water with ammonia or glass cleaner. This works very well to remove residues that are built up on the diamond. Some experts disagree about using a tooth brush to thoroughly clean the underneath of the diamond. Many feel that this will make the setting weaker.

Having your diamonds inspected regularly is also a good idea. Take your earrings to a respected jeweler for the inspection. They will check to make sure that the diamond is in good condition and that the prongs used to hold the diamond are also in good condition. During your inspection your jeweler can tell you whether any of the flaws (almost every diamond has them) in the diamond are worsening or may need to be addressed. They can also make sure that the prongs are still holding the diamond securely. It is recommended that you do this routine check up at least once a year.

Diamond are beautiful gem stones and taking care of them will keep them sparkling. You do need to clean them regularly and have them inspect at least once a year. This inspection is also a great way to prove their worth if you ever need to make a claim on your insurance policy. One other note that when you are storing your earrings make sure that they are in a box or compartment in a jewelry box designed specifically for earrings. The soft sidings of these boxes will help protect your diamond earrings.

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