Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend – a gift that will sweep every woman off her feet. Even those who don’t agree won’t say no to them. The everlasting fascination with these precious gems won’t fade away. Diamonds’ incredible beauty, great value and the fact that they’re one of the most unique materials on Earth will never change. It’s no wonder there’s no “real” engagement ring without a diamond. Here are a few tips on how to select the right one (for you or your loved one) and make it last forever.
Selecting the right diamond
When buying a diamond, most people focus on its shape. Oval, round, princess-cut, Marquise, heart and pear-shaped diamonds are some of the most popular you can see on most engagement rings. While I do agree that appearance is important, there is so much more to consider when searching for that perfect diamond. Size, karat weight, color, clarity and cut are among other features to have in mind when buying them – and they all affect both the price and quality.
The cut grade is the best and most objective way to establish a diamond’s worth. It’s the main feature that affects its sparkle. A diamond that is properly cut – not too shallow nor too deep will have an amazing sparkle and reflect light in the most beautiful way. Therefore, if you want to look amazing and frost yourself with the best diamonds possible – pay attention to their cut first.
Getting the most sparkle
Since most of us don’t take off our diamond engagement rings during the day, they tend to get greasy, dusty and covered with all sorts of chemicals. Layers of soap, makeup and filth get built up on your precious diamond, reducing its shine and beauty. You can prevent the dulling of your diamonds by cleaning them on a regular basis. Probably the best way to do this is by using a soft brush and a cleaning solution that contains ammonia (such as window cleaner). Mix five parts water and one part ammonia or fill your sink or cleaning bowl with warm water and detergent. Alternatively, use natural and eco-friendly chemicals such as vinegar and baking soda . Always rinse and dry the diamond carefully and never forget to close the sink’s drain.
Prevention and maintenance
Some say “diamonds are forever” but, although they are extremely resistant to physical and thermal damage, they are not indestructible. As already mentioned, grease and grime can diminish a diamond’s sparkle, but this is just one the many problems that can occur. Try taking off your ring when you do chores and apply hand lotion and resist the urge to constantly touch the diamond, as even the skin’s natural oils can affect its sparkle.
Chips and scratches are more difficult to deal with. Keep diamonds separate from each other since storing them together is the most common way of damaging them. To prevent scratches, individually wrap them in a soft protective cloth before putting them together in a jewelry box. Also, always be aware that you’re wearing a diamond on your finger, neck, etc. Chores and other physical activities (sports, gardening) may not leave only smudges, but chip them as well. Also, it would be wise to insure your jewelry in case of theft and damage. Some accidents can’t be foreseen, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do everything in your power to keep your precious diamonds safe.