Do Diamonds lose their sparkle?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
7229 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

It’s probably largely a need to clean your set. I was doing tarot readings at a fundraising event a couple/few years ago (shortly after getting engaged and while I was still obsessed with cleaning my ring every. single. day!) and I was surprised by how dingy and dull a lot of those suburban soccer moms’ significantly sized diamonds looked.

I’d get everything professionally steamed/cleaned and see how you feel then! You’d be amazed how much gunk gets glued onto the underside of a stone from normal every day wear.

Post # 3
5849 posts
Bee Keeper

There are a TON of things at work here. First, the cut of a diamond determines its sparkle. From a cursory glance, the bottom set has diamonds that appear to be cut poorly. The top set looks cleaner and the stones look to be cut better. The color of diamonds affects their look, but not their sparkle. Have you cleaned the bottom set? Channel set rings are notorious for getting really filthy. Finally, the lighting conditions in which diamonds are photographed have a huge impact on the stone’s appearance. 

If you’re bothered by your lackluster performance of your first set, clean it. You do not have to have this done professionally if you know what to do. You have everything you need at home to make your rings sparkle, although a sonic cleaner is nice. 

I find that the people who wait to get their rings cleaned professionally invariably have the worst looking rings because they don’t clean the damn things themselves. If you ever looked at a scraping from a ring under a microscope you’d clean your rings daily- as I do. I loved microbiology.

Post # 4
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

It’s amazing how much dirt and oils can cling to a diamond. Cut is certainly a big factor in a diamond’s sparkle, but dirty diamonds don’t let light in to shine. 

Post # 5
75 posts
Worker bee

I would echo others and say it’s probably a combination of cut and needing a cleaning. I still have my old set from my previous marriage. I hadn’t looked at it in 10 years but even when I had it cleaned it didn’t come close in comparison to my current ering. Back then I didn’t know anything about diamonds and definitely hadn’t heard a thing about the 4 C’s or even certification. My ex and I just simply got a one carat diamond ring.

Now that my old ring is cleaned it looks a ton better but when I put it against my current ring it looks awful, lol.

Post # 7
5849 posts
Bee Keeper

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lisag103 :  it’s all relative and without a larger photo I’m kind of talking out of my hat, but the stones look to have a very wide table,. This is done when a diamond is cut to conserve size and weight. But without my loupe I’m just guessing! I’m glad you love your new set! In the end that’s the only thing that counts!

Post # 9
5849 posts
Bee Keeper

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lisag103 :  ok, for diamond jewelry that hasn’t been cleaned in a while I recommend soaking in hot water with Dawn dishwashing liquid. Then scrub with toothbrush. The get a kettle and boil water to make steam. Using tongs, steam jewelry very well. Then put the diamond items in fresh hot water and Dawn dishwashing soap and scrub again. Rinse in hot water. Dry with clean towel.

Diamonds are tough, but you need other means to clean precious stones and pearls. Sapphire can handle diamond cleaning treatment however.

I like to avoid chemicals for cleaning jewelry. They’re simply not necessary and I like to limit my exposure to them. 

Post # 10
3014 posts
Sugar bee

It could be that your old set is dirty, or your new set may have better-cut diamonds, or the lighting isn’t as similar as you think.

If you think that the difference may be due to dirt then there is a quick and efficient way of cleaning diamonds, sapphires and rubies (do not try this out on emeralds, pearls, opals or costume jewellery):

1. Put plug in sink. Place rings in an egg cup or small dish.

2. Put a small amount of baby oil in an egg cup – just enough to cover your rings.

3. Wait two minutes.

4. Remove the rings from the egg cup and rinse them with cold water, and then rinse the egg cup with water.

5. Put the rings back in the egg cup and cover the rings with neat dish soap (washing-up liquid).

6. Wait two minutes.

7. Remove the rings from the egg cup and rinse them with water, and then rinse the egg cup with water.

8. Put the rings back in the egg cup and cover the rings with neat dish soap (washing-up liquid) again, plus a few drops of water.

9. Wait two minutes.

10. Rinse rings and place on finger to dry. Voila!

The advantage of this method is you don’t have to scrub your rings, so you’ll have less risk of physical damage such as scratches or loosened prongs, and nor do you have to use hot water, something that can also loosen prongs.

The method works on the principle that it is difficult to remove old oil from diamond rings. This is because the old oil has oxidised over time and forms a thin but tough opaque resin-like coating on the surface of the diamond. This coating is very difficult to remove from a diamond either physically or using detergents. However, if you dip the diamond ring in new oil then the resin-like coating quickly dissolves in the new oil. The new oil isn’t yet oxidised and is easy to remove using a detergent, i.e. dish soap. The dish soap therefore removes both the new oil and the resin dissolved in the new oil. The dish soap can then be rinsed away using water, leaving the diamond clean, shiny and super sparkly.


Post # 11
285 posts
Helper bee

Only if they’re not cleaned. Get a soft bristle toothbrush and use shampoo with the toothbrush every other day or every few days or at least once a week. 

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