Diamonds are one of the hardest substances on earth and are uniquely resistant to damage by heat or
scratching. That said, diamonds are not indestructible. They can chip and break and are especially
vulnerable at the girdle. Having diamonds set in a relatively protective setting, can help keep them safe.
When wearing your diamond, you should be conscious of it on your finger, removing it when doing any type
of activity that might expose it to a rough substance or a hard blow. For example, this might include
gardening, doing the dishes, intense exercise, etc.
Cleaning & Servicing Your Diamond
During the course of ordinary wear, a diamond is exposed to dirt, dust, perspiration, makeup, and natural
skin oils, as well as household chemicals, like chlorine and hairspray. Over time, these materials build up
on a diamond, dulling its natural beauty.
Luckily, cleaning a diamond is easy and requires very little time. Soak your diamond in a solution of one
part ammonia and six parts water. Dip a very soft brush, such as a soft-bristle toothbrush, into the solution
and pull it gently across the diamond to loosen dirt. Be careful when applying the brush to the metal of your
setting, as harsh or rough cleaning can scratch. Finally, rinse well to renew brilliance.
Alternately, you may clean a diamond by following the directions on a non-abrasive
jewellery cleaner. These are available at most department or drugstores. Make
sure that the jewellery cleaner specifies that it is safe to use on diamonds
and the metal of your setting. After application of the jewellery cleaner,
use a soft cloth to remove any remaining dirt or other residue.
We recommend having your diamond professionally cleaned and inspected once every six months or if it undergoes
some form of trauma, such as being dropped or hit against a hard surface. These inspections help prevent the
loss of your diamond solitaire in the event your ring has been inadvertently damaged. Blue Nile provides this
service free of charge to our customers. Please contact us at
00800 2583 6453 from Austria, 0800 206 1160 from the United Kingdom, or 00353 1 899 1351 for all other EU countries to learn more.
Storing your Diamond Jewellery
Because of their hardness, diamonds can scratch other diamonds, gemstones and
jewellery metals. This is one of the most common ways
jewellery is damaged. For this reason, store all
jewellery, especially diamond jewellery,
in individual soft cloth pouches when not being worn.
Insuring Your Diamond
Because unforeseen accidents do happen, we strongly recommend that you insure your diamond against loss,
theft, and damage.
Blue Nile has arranged for T H March to provide information about the
benefits of insuring your jewellery.