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Diamond Jewellery: Your Questions Answered

Of all the precious stones, Diamonds remain the most sought-after and the first stone we think of when we consider jewellery. For generations, diamonds have been tied up with everything from wedding traditions to family heirlooms. Diamonds symbolise sophistication and class, so it's little wonder they look so beautiful on everything from earrings to engagement rings. As diamond jewellery represents an investment, our customers often have questions. So to make this information more accessible to our clients, we have gathered and answered the most popular questions below.

How to clean diamond jewellery at home

Cleaning diamond jewellery is a relatively simple process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you clean your diamond jewellery effectively:

Prepare a cleaning solution: Create a gentle cleaning solution by mixing warm water with a small amount of mild dish soap or a jewellery-specific cleaning solution.

Soak the jewellery: Place your diamond jewellery in the cleaning solution and let it soak for 15-20 minutes. This will help loosen any dirt, oils, or residue that may have accumulated.

Gently scrub: After soaking, use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a jewellery brush to gently clean the jewellery, paying attention to the areas around the diamond and the setting. Be careful not to scrub too hard, as excessive pressure can loosen the diamond or scratch the metal.

Rinse with water: Once you've finished scrubbing, rinse the jewellery thoroughly under warm running water to remove any remaining soap or debris. Close the drain or use a strainer to prevent accidental loss.

Dry with a soft cloth: Pat the jewellery dry using a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid using tissues or paper towels, which can leave lint or fibres behind.

Additional tips:

Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners for diamond jewellery, as the vibrations can sometimes loosen the stones or damage the setting.

Be cautious when cleaning diamond rings with prongs, as excessive scrubbing may weaken or loosen the prongs. If you notice any loose prongs, it's best to take your jewellery to a professional jeweller for repair.

Consider having your diamond jewellery professionally cleaned and inspected by a jeweller at least once a year to ensure its longevity and sparkle.

By following these steps, you can keep your diamond jewellery looking its best and maintain its brilliance over time.

Which diamond is best for jewellery

When choosing a diamond for jewellery, several factors contribute to its quality and beauty. The quality and value of a diamond are determined by what is commonly referred to as the "Four Cs": cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. Let's explore each of these factors:

Cut: The cut of a diamond refers to how well it has been shaped and faceted. The cut has a significant impact on the diamond's brilliance and sparkle. A well-cut diamond reflects light effectively and maximises its beauty. Look for excellent or very good cut-grade diamonds for optimal sparkle.

Colour: The colour of a diamond ranges from colourless (highest grade) to yellow or brown (lower grade). Colour is graded on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow or brown). The most desirable and valuable diamonds are usually in the colourless to near-colourless range (D to G). However, personal preferences and budget considerations can also play a role in selecting a diamond colour.

Clarity: Clarity refers to internal or external flaws, known as inclusions and blemishes. The GIA grades diamond clarity on a scale ranging from Flawless (no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification) to Included (inclusions visible to the naked eye). Diamonds with higher clarity grades, such as VVS (Very Very Slightly Included) or VS (Very Slightly Included), are considered to have excellent clarity and are more valuable.

Carat Weight: Carat weight is a measurement of a diamond's size. It refers to how much a diamond weighs and is often associated with its perceived value. Larger diamonds tend to have a higher price per carat. However, it's important to note that carat weight is just one factor in determining a diamond's quality and value. It's also essential to consider the other three factors (cut, colour, and clarity).

Ultimately, the "best" diamond for jewellery depends on personal preferences, budget, and the specific piece of jewellery you are considering. Please visit our Dublin shop today to discuss your needs with our jewellers.

Is a diamond ring the only option for an engagement ring?

No, a diamond ring is not the only option for an engagement ring. While diamond engagement rings have been popular for many years, there are many alternative options based on personal preferences, style, and budget. Here are a few choices for engagement rings:

Gemstone Rings: Gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and morganites make beautiful centre stones for engagement rings. These gemstones come in various colours and can create a unique and vibrant look.

Moissanite Rings: Moissanite is a lab-created gemstone that closely resembles the look of a diamond. It offers exceptional brilliance and can be a more affordable alternative to diamonds.

Vintage or Antique Rings: Vintage or antique engagement rings can be incredibly special and unique. They often feature intricate designs, filigree work, and distinctive gemstones that add character and charm.

Customised Rings: Creating a custom engagement ring allows you to design a ring that perfectly matches your partner's style and preferences. You can choose the type of stone, setting, and other design elements to create a one-of-a-kind ring.

Non-Traditional Metals: While traditional engagement rings are typically made of gold or platinum, you can explore other metals such as rose gold, white gold, palladium, or even alternative materials like titanium or tungsten.

Remember, the most critical aspect of an engagement ring is its significance and meaning to you and your partner. It should reflect your love and commitment. So, think outside the box and choose a ring that aligns with your unique relationship and personal style.

What is a lab-grown diamond?

A lab-grown diamond, also known as a synthetic or cultured diamond, is a diamond that is created in a laboratory rather than being formed naturally in the Earth's crust over millions of years. Lab-grown diamonds possess the same chemical composition, crystal structure, and physical properties as natural diamonds. They are made using advanced technological processes that simulate the conditions necessary for diamond growth.

It's important to note that lab-grown diamonds are distinct from diamond simulants like cubic zirconia or moissanite, which do not have the same chemical composition as diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are genuine diamonds but with a different origin.

If you want more information on diamond jewellery or want to view our ever-evolving collection of pieces, please visit our Dublin store today.

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