Things to watch out for when buying a diamond
By Jeff Lakie
We've heard that diamonds are forever. But did you know that your
diamond could disappear right before your very eyes? It's true! If
you're not careful it could happen any time!
If you're not careful, you could end up with a less-than-perfect
diamond in your jewelry, or worse yet, no diamond at all! Here is why:
Dirt, grime, grease, and even water can diminish the luster of a
diamond's brilliance. In fact, the Golden Jubilee, largest diamond in the
world, was once thought to be scrap was destined to be used for non-
jewelry applications. However, once it was cleaned, and to everyone's
surprise, if was found to be brilliant and beautiful at 545.67 carats: the
largest diamond according the Guinness World Records. It was
bought by a conglomerate of Thai businessmen and given to the king of
While your diamond may be able to withstand the build-up of dirt and
grime, those impurities could diminish its beauty. Although jewelers try
to be careful, dirt and grime have caused diamonds to be improperly
appraised. Even worse, that grime can end up between the diamond
and the part that holds it in place. Before you know it the dirt will have
worked itself between the components on your ring and your diamond
will have disappeared.
Another problem from the dirt and grime build up is that because
jewelry is often worn on the most sensitive areas of skin, a little dirt
and grime can irritate the skin and cause a rash or infection.
It's easy to keep your diamonds clean. Jewelers use an ultrasonic
cleaner to clean their wares and you should regularly clean your
jewelry with the same thing. This can be done at most fine jewelry
Not only will cleaning it restore the gleam and keep you from getting a
rash, it will also reduce the potential for dirt and grime diminishing the
value of your diamond and making it disappear.
About the Author
Jeff Lakie is the founder of Jewelry Information a website providing information on Jewelry
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