When - and when not - to wear your diamonds

Some diamond jewelry, such as engagement and wedding rings, are worn all day long. Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they are not indestructible. Take these basic precautions to keep your diamonds clean, sparkling, and chip-free.

  • Don't wear diamond rings when you are doing rough work. Even though a diamond is durable, it can be chipped by a hard blow.
  • Don't let your diamond come in contact with strong solutions, such as chlorine bleach, when you are doing household chores. It can damage and discolor the mounting and even loosen the prongs.
  • Don’t wear diamond pendants on long chains when you are doing housework or gardening. The chain may get caught in clothing or the pendant may knock against an object and damage the diamond or loosen the setting.
  • Don’t wear diamond jewelry when you’re working out at a gym or at an aerobics class. Vigorous activity could snag and loosen stones or damage the settings, and sweat may work its way into hard-to-clean crevices.
  • If you wear your favorite diamond jewelry constantly (such as wedding/engagement rings) or very often (such as a pair of earrings), make it a habit to regularly inspect the setting of your diamonds. Prongs and clamps may get weak or even loosen and you could lose a side stone. Use your fingernail to ensure that the diamond, center diamond, or side stones are not loose within the setting.

Also check out diamond cleaning tips and diamond storage tips.

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