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How to Take Care of Diamond Jewelry

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, but they aren’t indestructible and can be damaged or dulled. Caring for a diamond takes more than the occasional cleaning. Diamonds are forever, but they can be damaged if you are not careful. By learning how to properly care for your diamond, you will ensure that your diamond is indeed forever. Caring for a diamond is fairly simple and there are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your precious stone. With these helpful guidelines, you can keep your precious jewelry safe and preserve its eternal state.

Wearing diamond jewelry properly

The first tip is on how to wear diamond jewelry properly. Even if it is an everyday piece, like a ring or earring, it is always better to remove it while exercising or doing any other physical exercise. This will make sure that your diamond does not get scratched accidentally. Another time when you shouldn’t be wearing your diamond ring is when using household cleaners. The chemicals in the cleaners can actually erode a diamond. Chlorine bleach is one of main culprits to watch out for.

Storing diamond pieces

Next tip is on how to store your diamond pieces. You can either keep them in separate boxes or use a jewelry box with compartments. This will make sure both your diamond jewelry and your other jewelry stays safe as neither will be scratched. Never keep your diamond jewelry and your pearl jewelry together.

Taking to a reputed jeweler

As for care, the first thing you should do is taking it to a reputed jeweler at least once a year. Your jeweler will check for loose clasps or settings are reset those that have become unsteady. You can lose a valuable piece if you don’t take this maintenance tip seriously as wear and tear can make the jewelry weak and vulnerable. Your jeweler will also thoroughly clean the piece for you as well.

Using an ultrasonic cleanser

One of the ways a professional jeweler cleans your diamond jewelry is by using an ultrasonic cleanser. In this process, high frequency sound waves are passed through a solution of detergent and water in which your pieces are submerged. The advice here is always better to go for professional help in such cases.

Washing with ammonia based cleaner

The simplest way to care for your diamond jewelry at home is to wash it with ammonia based cleaner. Soak your jewelry in a solution of such a cleaner and water for the night and in the morning, use a soft brush to gently rub the stone. Your old toothbrush can be a great cleaning tool in this regard.

The Wittelsbach Diamonds Colourful History

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The Wittelsbach diamond history is a very colourful and mysterious one. The Wittelsbach diamond history started in the kingdom of Golkonda in India in the 1600’s.

It was at the time, a 35.56 carat giant which was later recut into its present size at 31.06 carats. It is said that it was originally owned by Philip the fourth of Spain. It is a deep greyish blue in colour and was 24.40 millimetres in diameter at the peak of its glory.

The Wittelsbach diamond history has seen being a part of the crown jewels of Austria as well as Bavaria. It was given as dowry for the princess Margaret Teresa to Emperor Leopold I in 1664. It is after this that it belonged to the crown jewels of Austria.

The Wittelsbach diamond history exchanged families after the wedding of Maria Amalia with Charles of Bavaria in 1722 that was of the Wittelsbach family from where the diamond gets its name.

It was mounted on the Bavarian Elector’s Order of the Golden Fleece. When Maximillian Joseph von Wittelsbach became the King of Bavaria in 1806, he commissioned a crown with the Jewel, prominently shone. The diamond called this crown, home, until 1918.

The Wittelsbach diamond history took a unique turn when the Wittelsbach family tried to sell it during the Great Depression of 1931 but could find no buyers. It was finally sold in 1951, twenty years later. In the 1960s it was about to be recut by Joseph Komkommer on request of the Goldmuntz family but was bought by him and other dealers instead when they realised the value of the gem. It remained in a private collection from 1964 after being presented to the wife of Helmut Horten, Heidi on their wedding.

This move completely shed away the chords of history attached to the remarkable gem that was a Symbol of the highest power in Austria and Bavaria. Let us hope against hope that the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond may have as colourful a history as the Wittelsbach diamond history.