Tips on the Care of COLORed DIAMONDS

Taking care of Irradiated DiamondsTaking care of HPHT DiamondsTaking care of Coated Diamonds
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Irradiated color diamonds, like all diamonds, are legendary for their hardness and durability. They are highly resistant to general wear and tear, and aren’t subject to change over time. They require no special attention in daily use, and are unlikely to change unless they are subjected to temperatures of over 450 C/ 850 F. Generally this only happens at the jewelers bench, usually during the resizing of the ring.
When it comes time to offer advice on how your jeweler or customer should care for irradiated diamonds, here are some important points to cover:

Settings – Irradiated COLORed DIAMONDS can be set in most ways. It can be channel-set, prong-set, invisible-set, bezel-set, flush-set or used in pave, but it cannot be wax-set because that process involves high temperatures.

Cleaning – Irradiated diamonds like all diamonds can become coated in everyday dirt and grime such as hand lotions. If this does happen, Irradiated COLORed DIAMONDS can be cleaned just like regular white diamonds. They can be cleaned using steam, ultrasonic, acid or any jewelry cleaner. To clean a colored diamond at home, use a soft toothbrush and soapy water.

Exposure to Temperatures Over 450°C (900°F) – If you’re resizing your colored diamond ring, the diamond should be treated just like an emerald. The stone needs to be protected from direct exposure to high temperatures. An experienced jeweler will cover the stone with a saturated mixture of boric acid and denatured alcohol, or alternatively, use a special thick paste called Heat Shield to protect the diamond from direct exposure to heat. After the diamond is cooled, the Heat Shield can be removed by placing the ring in the pickle pot – a solution containing 16 parts of water to one part sulfuric acid or a dry chemical compound, such as Sparex pickle compound.

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Diamonds treated with HPHT are just as resilient as irradiated color diamonds. They are also resistant to general wear and tear and aren’t subject to change over even a very long period of time. Even very high temperatures are unlikely to affect diamonds that have already been treated with HPHT (high pressure, high temperature). This is because their full color potential has already been reached: no further change can occur.

When it comes time to offer advice on how your jeweler or customer should care for HPHT treated diamonds, here are some important points to cover:
Settings – HPHT COLORed DIAMONDS can be set in all ways. It can be channel-set, prong-set, invisible-set, wax-set, bezel-set, flush-set or used in pave.
Cleaning - HPHT enhanced diamonds can be cleaned just like regular white diamonds. They can be cleaned using steam, ultrasonic, acid or any jewelry cleaner. To clean a colored diamond at home, use a soft toothbrush and soapy water.

Although our Ice Pink diamonds are coated, their coating is on the pavilion side only. This means it is impossible to accidentally rub or scrape this coating off, so it’s perfectly safe to rinse your Ice Pink diamond jewelry in the way you would any other diamond.

However, you should be careful not to expose your coated pink diamond to very high temperatures of 450 C/850 F or above, or to acidic or abrasive materials. These can all damage the pavilion and coating. Coated Pinks are not as permanent a process as irradiation or HPHT. In fact, the beauty of the process is that it can be done and re-done as many times as you like.Pink Diamond Jewelry

When it comes time to offer advice on how you or your jeweler or customer should care coated pink diamonds, here are some important points to cover:

Protecting the PavilionAs the coating is only at the pavilion, care needs to be taken during the jewelry designing process that designs where the pavilion of the diamonds are covered should be chosen. Designs with simple tiffany four prong open settings should be avoided. Also, the inside shank of the ring should have a grill under the culet of the diamond to avoid the polishing wheel from coming in contact with the diamond’s pavilion.

Cleaning – Coated diamonds cannot be cleaned using steam, an ultrasonic device, acid, or a jewelry cleaner. To clean a colored diamond at home, use a soft toothbrush and soapy water.
Settings – Coated COLORed DIAMONDS can be set in most ways. It can be channel-set, prong-set, invisible-set, bezel-set, flush-set or used in pave, but it cannot be wax-set because that process involves high temperatures. Also, Coated diamonds should not be set in open settings like Tension-set rings.
The results of durability tests performed on Ice Pink Diamonds are as follows :

  Do’s Don’ts
Exposure to heat Until 450 C / 850 F Above 450 C / 850 F
Diamond Cleaning Detergents, Soaps & Bleaches Acids, Isopropyl Alcohol & Acetone
Jewelry Cleaning Detergents, Soaps & Bleaches Acids, Ultrasonic & Steam Cleaning
Household Use Detergents, Soaps & Bleaches
Diamond Setting Prong-set, Flush-set, Channel-set & Pave-set Wax-set & Tension-set
Diamond Recutting Cannot recut the diamond
Jewelry Manufacturing Exposure of the pavilion to polishing will remove coating
Scratching Do not scratch with abrasive surfaces like sand paper
Smaller sizes below 1.5mm are difficult to find in gemstones but can easily be sourced in COLORed DIAMONDS.

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