Diamond cleaning

Diamond cleaning

How do you know if a diamond is considered “clean” or not? Is price the only parameter for this? And suppose we bought a diamond – how do we keep it clean? How can it be cleaned in case it gets dirty? Diamond cleaning is a completely scientific issue – and today we will touch on all its “corners” – both in terms of the level of cleanliness of the diamond and therefore its quality, and in terms of maintenance and cleanliness of an existing diamond. Get started with the most glittering guide on the web!

First of all – what does it mean, ‘diamond cleaning’?

To understand this, it is important to understand the meaning of a diamond. A diamond is a carbon found in the depths of the earth. The process in which it becomes the sparkling and special diamond that we know and love for millions of years. No one knows the exact period of time, but the process by which this takes place involves very heavy pressure from the earth on the carbon, in parallel with the heat projected on the diamond from the core of the earth. This is how carbon becomes a diamond.

Not all diamonds are born equal

In natural diamonds, although it is a completely natural process without human intervention, 95% of the diamonds are not created perfect, but have small particles that prevent them from becoming the perfect crystal. Laboratory diamonds, on the other hand, are produced in a process that is carried out under precise, strict and supervised laboratory conditions that allow a very high level of integrity to be achieved. Depending on the various parameters, which we will detail immediately, the degree of cleanliness of the diamond is determined – the more particles, the larger and less transparent particles – it will affect the quality of the diamond and consequently, also its price.

What is considered a ‘clean’ diamond?

The cleaner the diamond, the rarer and more expensive it is. The cleanliness of the diamond is measured on an international scale that is accepted by all people in the industry, and the person responsible for diagnosing the diamond is a professional who answers as a gemologist. The diamond is examined under a magnifying glass 10 times the size and thus a uniform standard is created under which the quality of the diamond is examined. It is common to assume that a defect that is not visible under this magnification (10 times), is not considered a defect.

Internal defects in the diamond:

Nate – Another crystal that grows inside the diamond

Fracture – A crack in a diamond that is not formed in the fission lines

Glatz – a crack in the diamond that appears in the fission lines

Pika – a point that appears inside the diamond

Cloud – a group of tiny dots

Inner crystal – minerals that appear on the inside of the diamond

Drilling – the hole drilled from the diamond shell to its center using a laser beam

5 quality groups

To know whether a diamond is high quality or not – and more importantly – how high it is quality, divide its quality grades into five different groups, from the highest quality to the simplest:

FL: FLAWLESS INTERNALLY – This is the cleanest diamond type in the world, and it means it has no flaws at all – neither external nor internal. Even if we look for the smallest defect particle we will not find it. This perfect diamond costs quite a bit, and its price can reach tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars!

VS1: Very slight inclusions – The second group includes diamonds with a very high degree of cleanliness, and almost no defect particles. However, if we look at a diamond under a magnifying glass that magnifies 10 times, we can notice, but with difficulty, the tiny particles.

SI1 slight inclusions 1 – Here, ladies and gentlemen, the most sought-after degree of diamond cleanliness awaits us, as it has a balance between appearance and quality. Most people who want to buy a diamond will look for this level of cleanliness. On the one hand the diamonds in it are not large and if you do not look at them through a professional magnifying glass – you probably will not notice them at all, but on the other hand the fact that there are particles slightly impairs their quality and therefore their price is considered very attractive. In other words: if you are not a gemologist and look at this diamond in front of the other two types, you will most likely notice a difference.

SI2 slight inclusions 2 – SI3 slight inclusions 3 – In the fourth group, medium to low grade diamonds are waiting for us. In the American market, this degree of quality is very acceptable and popular, since the price of the diamonds in it is relatively low and the diamond damage – even if they are relatively many – is not visible to the unprofessional eye. In the end, it is a diamond that looks great and shiny, but not of the highest quality.

I1 Included 1 – I3 Included 3 – and in the last group, as requested, are diamonds whose cleaning degrees are the lowest and therefore also have the lowest value. Here are diamonds that have many flaws – and not only that, they are also visible, even if you are not a gemologist.

How to clean a diamond?

So we bought a diamond with some degree of cleanliness – and now we want to keep it clean and shining. But since this is a natural ore, it only makes sense that as the years go by our diamond will get a slightly murky look. What to do? Very simple, clean! Here’s how to make a diamond that knew better days come back to shine:

Diamond cleaning with dish soap

Drizzle a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a bowl with warm water and mix gently. If you want to get really good results, prefer to use soda water rather than regular tap water. Very important – do not use boiling water! This may crack the stone due to the extreme temperature changes.

The solution we created will be left for a quarter of an hour, during which the soap and hot water will seep into the jewel and gently and resolutely remove the dirt that we cannot reach by hand.

Now, we will take out our diamond and rub it gently with a toothbrush – a preference for a very soft brush that will not scratch the surface of the diamond.

Finally, we wash the diamond under warm running water until perfectly cleaned and dry them with a soft cloth. Before wearing the diamond jewelry again, you should dry them completely.

Cleaning diamonds using toothpaste

The toothpaste is excellent for removing dirt on the one hand, and on the other hand – it does not cause scratches on the diamond and the jewelry. When there is no access to other detergents, this is a great method for quick cleaning.

Mix a small amount of toothpaste with water (in the ratio of an inch of toothpaste to every tablespoon or two of water).

Using a toothbrush with soft bristles, gently rub the mixture we created. It is important to use as soft a brush as possible so that scratches do not appear on the jewel.

Finally, we will thoroughly wash the diamond and remove any accumulated dirt.

It is very important to know in the context of diamond cleaning

We will emphasize again (because it is really important ..): The diamond must not be soaked in water whose temperature exceeds 50 degrees, this may destroy and crack them. Use warm water or room temperature water.

Do not dilute in bleach, soak with acids or soak the diamond in degreasers

Do not put the diamond in the dishwasher! Although it contains a substance that is intended to shine, there is a huge danger to the jewel – not only can it be lost in the sewer forever, the substances in the dishwasher digest the rhodium on the gold in the jewel and this can cause the shine to disappear and fade.

If you want to be sure that the care you give to your diamond jewelry is quality and good, it is highly recommended to visit once or twice a year at the jewelry studio where you purchased the diamond. This way you can be sure that professionals will take care of your precious jewelry and that the diamond will retain its beauty for a long time, and sparkle forever!