How to store diamond jewelry
How would you describe a diamond? Beautiful. Sparkling. Indestructible. Two out of three are correct. Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they’re not indestructible. Improper storage can cause a diamond to scratch other diamonds, as well as gemstones and precious metals (silver, gold and platinum).
So, how can you look after your diamond jewellery to keep it looking stunning, without damaging any of your other pieces?
Here are some important dos and don’ts for keeping your diamond jewellery looking perfect:
- Store your jewellery in a fabric lined box. If you don’t have a fabric lined box, wrap each piece of jewellery individually in tissue paper.
- Take a look at the packaging around your jewellery when you purchase it, the packaging has been specially chosen to protect that particular piece of jewellery and keep it looking like new for longer. For example, some use an ultra-soft fabric, while others will have anti-tarnish properties.
- Use a jewellery box with small compartments to separate items. This will help prevent one piece from getting tangled with or scratching another piece.
- Keep your jewellery and jewellery box dry, clean and fresh.
- Store your jewellery at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Extreme temperatures and high humidity can damage, tarnish and discolour your jewellery.
- Don’t mix your diamond jewellery together in a box. It is very easy for diamonds to scratch another piece of jewellery, including another diamond.
- Don’t leave your ring on the rim of the sink while you wash your hands. It can easily slip down the drain.
- Don’t leave your diamond rings on when doing tasks like heavy lifting, gardening or cleaning as your rings could get damaged. An alternative to removing your rings is to wear suitable gloves.
- Don’t use plastic bags or pots to store jewellery as some types of plastic emit vapours that can pit and discolour metal.
And while you’re sorting out your jewellery storage, it’s a good idea to ensure your insurance paperwork is up to date with photos and independent valuations or certifications and place this information in a different location to your jewellery. This will help in case the worst happens and something is stolen or badly damaged. Additionally, investigate how secure your jewellery is. Depending on your situation, it might be worth looking into installing a safe or possibly an alarm system if you have other high-value possessions.
Look after your diamond jewellery and it’ll sparkle for generations to come.