How to Care for Diamond Earrings
If you love a simple, classic style, you can't go wrong with a refined pair of diamond earrings. Whether you splurged and bought the earrings for yourself or received them as a thoughtful gift, it's important to properly care for them so that they stay in good condition.
There are many different types of diamond earring styles to choose from, such as small, classic studs, hoops or drops. All styles containing the precious gemstones will require the same care, both when you're wearing and storing them.
Even though diamonds are hard and known for being one of the most durable types gemstones, you'll still need to regularly maintain them. Here are some ways to protect and clean your investments:
1. Remove Them
Before taking a shower or going to a hair salon, always remove your diamond earrings to protect them from water. Also, consider taking them out before wearing headphones or a helmet, or doing any type of heavy manual labor that can put the diamonds as risk.
It's also important to remove the earrings before swimming in a pool with chlorine or taking in a dip in the ocean, which contains a high level of salt. Both of these elements can cause the diamonds and their metal bases, such as gold or sterling silver, to lose their luster.
2. Wait to Put Them In
When getting ready in the morning, put your diamond earrings in last, after you do your hair and makeup. Doing so will prevent you from getting hair styling products, including hairspray and gel, on the earrings, which could dull their shine. If you're going to get your hair styled at a salon, don't put the earrings in until you get home.
3. Clean and Inspect Them
At least twice a year, take the diamond earrings to a jeweler to have them professionally cleaned. The jeweler will also inspect the earrings to make sure that none of the prongs are loose, which could cause you to lose a diamond.
In between professional cleanings, you can use a soft toothbrush and a gemstone cleaning solution to remove any dirt and grime around the diamond and in between the prongs. You can also use a mixture of water and a few drops of a mild dish detergent to clean them.
4. Store Them
When you're not wearing your diamond earrings, place them in a jewelry box in a small compartment away from other pieces. This will prevent them from getting scratched, tarnished, or if they dangle, tangled.
Place the earrings in a soft jewelry pouch, and tuck it in a safe spot in your suitcase when traveling.