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April’s birthstone is the diamond, and as such, this month’s blog will be dedicated to exploring the characteristics of diamonds and how to care for your diamond jewellery.

Diamonds are one of the most exquisite gems possessing a timeless allure that captivates hearts worldwide. Often known to be the epitome of luxury and elegance, diamonds symbolize endurance and purity, making them a cherished treasure for all generations. However, to ensure their radiance and sparkle for years to come, proper care is essential. 

Read on to learn more about diamonds and discover simple care tips to maintain your diamond jewellery over time.

Characteristics About Diamonds 

Before exploring care tips for your diamond jewellery, let’s learn more about diamonds themselves. Renowned for their exceptional characteristics, diamonds have maintained enduring popularity and allure over time.

One of the characteristics of diamonds is hardness. They are known to be the hardest known natural material, scoring a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This property makes them highly resistant to scratching and abrasion. 

Diamonds also exhibit brilliance due to their ability to refract and reflect light. Their facets are cut precisely to maximize the dispersion of light, resulting in the sparkle that diamonds are famous for. 

Another significant characteristic of diamonds is their color. They span a spectrum from colorless to faint yellow or brown, with some rare specimens exhibiting fancy colors like pink, blue, and green. Colorless diamonds, prized for their purity and transparency, hold the highest value.

Diamonds are measured by carat weight, with one carat equivalent to 0.2 grams. Generally, larger diamonds are rarer and more valuable. However, factors like color, cut, and clarity also significantly impact a diamond’s worth.

Another important characteristic is the cut. The cut of a diamond encompasses its proportions, symmetry, and polish, directly impacting its overall appearance. A well-cut diamond optimizes light performance, thereby enhancing its beauty and value.

5 Simple Care Tips For Your Diamond Jewellery 

For enduring brilliance, proper cleaning of your diamond jewellery is essential. Here are five simple and essential care tips for your diamond jewellery:

  1. Regular Cleaning 

To keep your diamond jewellery sparkling, regular cleaning is essential. Try the Connoisseurs Jewellery Dazzle Stik cleaning gel, formulated with micro-fine cleansers and polishing agents that help bring the radiant shine to diamonds. You can find the Dazzle Stik at our locations across Canada

  1. Proper Storage 

To prevent scratches and abrasions, store your diamond jewellery separate from other jewellery. Consider using soft pouches or individual compartments within a jewellery box for safe storage.

  1. Professional Inspection 

From time to time, it’s advisable to have your diamonds inspected by a jeweller near you. This helps detect any potential issues early on, such as loose settings or damage. 

  1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Try to avoid exposing diamonds to harsh chemicals such as household cleaners and bleach, as they can cause damage to both the stone and its setting.

  1. Wear with Caution

To prevent accidental damage or loss, refrain from wearing diamonds during activities prone to impact or damage, such as sports or housework.

Finishing Up 

Diamonds boast numerous unique characteristics and are famously known as a girl’s best friend. However, to maintain their brilliance and enduring sparkle in your jewellery, proper care is essential. By adhering to the simple yet highly effective care tips outlined above, you can ensure the lasting splendor of your diamond jewellery for generations to enjoy.

FAQs

1. Where can I have my diamond jewellery inspected or repaired?

If you require a professional inspection of your diamond jewellery or simple jewellery repairs, visit a Hudson’s Bay location, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate diamond jewellery repairs, please contact us directly.

2. Where can I purchase a Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik?

Easily restore the brilliance of your diamond jewellery with the user-friendly Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik. Find this product at any of our Hudson’s Bay locations throughout Canada.




Passed down and inherited pieces of jewelry occupy a special place in our hearts. Not only are they a beloved keepsakes, but they represent the carrying on of an important tradition, something that will one day be passed down to someone you cherish.

But as special as these jewelry pieces are, they often come damaged, worn, or in need of repair. Jewelry restoration services in Vancouver can help you take something old and make it look new again, while preserving all the history and memories that make the piece unique.

Make Old Pieces Shine Again

One thing that most inherited pieces of jewelry have in common is years of accumulated dirt and grime, dulling the metal and leaving precious stones with much to be desired. The first step in restoring jewelry is a very thorough, professional cleaning. This isn’t the type of routine maintenance that you can do yourself, but rather a detailed clean, buffing out of scratches and imperfections, and inspection of the item, looking for any flaws that could result in damage. What remains at the end is a piece that looks as fresh as the day it was made.

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Repair Damage

Once a piece has been cleaned, a jeweler will be able to more clearly assess the item. Functional jewelry repairs relate to the ability to actually use or wear a piece. Ring shanks, clasps, and watches often fall victim to wear that renders them unusable.  But careful jewelry restoration can breathe life back into even the most neglected pieces; most times you will not even be able to tell exactly where the repairs have been made.

Other times, a jewelry piece may still be wearable, but is at risk of being broken or lost due to unseen damage. Loose settings and bent prongs are examples of the most commonly affected areas, and since they often hold precious stones, they can result in devastating loss. Thankfully, these types of repairs are easily made by skilled restoration professionals. Even if a precious gem or stone has gone missing, replacement stones can be sourced to match what would have been there.

Problems that can be Repaired Include

  • Shanks:

We tend to greet the world hands first, so it’s no surprise that even high quality metals can become worn and potentially break. This problem can be remedied with some skillful soldering and additional metal if needed. The same process can even be used to re-size a ring that is too big or too small.

  • Prong Re-tipping and Loose Stones:

These little “fingers” are what keep your precious gemstones in place; if they are broken or damaged you risk losing the stone.

  • Chains and Clasps:

Broken pieces or missing links, your jeweller can restore either with precisely matched replacements.

  • Watches with Broken Crowns or other Mechanical Issues:

There is a lot that goes into making a mechanical watch tick; fortunately it the right hands almost any problem can be fixed.

Also Read: Jewelry Restoration Services are Not Just For Antiques

Redesigning Inherited Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry restoration, some people are primarily concerned with preserving the exact look of the piece; others, however, prefer to take something old and refashion it into something entirely new. This can mean repurposing an earning that is missing its match into a pendant, while maintaining its original appearance, or using components of a piece and transforming it into something entirely new, like taking the stones from a ring and using them to create a custom piece.

When it comes to restoring antique or period jewellery, the process can be a little more complex than with a traditional jewelry repair. However, the payoff is a unique piece with special significance that can be worn and appreciated, not left forgotten in the back of a jewelry box.