Care and Feeding of Your Diamond Jewelry

Jewelry Clean and Polish

Raise your hand if you know the best way to clean and maintain your diamond jewelry.
Hand up?
Are you sure?
I’m going to blow your mind.
The best way to clean your diamond jewelry is with 3 things you likely have at home already: warm water, a soft-bristle toothbrush, and dish soap.
I see that look. Well, I hear it. Ok, fine…I’m imagining it.  But really. Here’s why:

Diamonds may be one of the hardest substances on earth, but the same is not true of the precious metals we set them in. Metals like gold and platinum are malleable, which means that they can be bent into shape. But that malleability it means that they can also be bent out of shape, dented, or scratched. And with gold, the higher the karat, the softer the metal.
Diamonds are a perfect 10 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, which means that there are very few things that are going to damage the diamonds in your jewelry (that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible–but that’s a conversation for another time!)
An interesting thing about diamonds, which you may not know, is that they’re attracted to grease. They looooove grease. In fact, they’re so attracted to grease, that grease is utilized in part of diamond mining process; as the diamonds are freed from the crushed ore, they stick to the grease, making them easier to find amongst the rest of the rocks.
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White Gold or Yellow Gold?

White Gold or Yellow Gold?  YES!

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It’s almost a question for the ages–or at least the last century or so: Should I choose white gold or yellow gold for my ring?


The answer is not so simple, and yet, it is.


While there are trends that come and go in jewelry–for instance, you see a lot of white gold in jewelry from the 20s and 30s, and you saw a lot of yellow gold in the 80s and 90s–it currently is really anyone’s game.


There are several things that you might want to take into consideration when selecting gold jewelry. The first, of course, is preference.  If you don’t have a strong preference for one or the other, think about which might look better with your coloring–some people think they look better in one metal tone or another.


The second is maintenance. In it’s natural form, all gold is yellow.  In fact, it’s usually a rather rich orangey yellow.  White gold is alloyed with other white metals–usually nickel, manganese, or palladium–in order to achieve it’s white color.  But the story of white gold doesn’t end there. Typically, white gold jewelry is also coated in a thin layer of a platinum-family white metal called rhodium. The rhodium is bonded to the jewelry by a process called electroplating, where the item being plated is dipped in a solution with dissolved rhodium, and then jolted with electricity, causing the rhodium in the solution to bond to the gold, giving the bright, white appearance. The procedure is semi-permanent, in that the bonding is permanent, but the layer of metal on the surface is quite thin. After a while–especially things that are worn very regularly, like rings–nearly all jewelry will show a little wear and tear. When the rhodium layer of a piece of white gold jewelry wears off or starts wearing thin, the ring will begin to look duller, as un-plated white gold has a bit of (what I can only think to refer to as) a “dishwatery” appearance.  Yellow gold generally just needs a quick polish to get it looking brand new again, while white gold will need polishing and then to be re-plated with rhodium (often referred to as “dipping”).  This is something that nearly any jeweler can do for you, for a nominal fee. If you purchased your diamond ring from Union Diamond, you can bring it in to have it polished or polished and re-plated, free of charge, and usually while you wait.  How often you’d choose to have your jewelry re-plated is also a matter of preference, and depending on the ring and the wear, some people go very long periods of time without ever re-plating their white gold jewelry.

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Top 10 Jewelry Resolutions


Top 10 Jewelry Resolutions

Happy New Year from Union Diamond! We hope 2016 is off to a fabulous start! As you prepare your list of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to include some style, fashion and accessory goals for 2016. Some of these are simple reminders for jewelry maintenance and care, while others should be considered for your “wish lists” or to up your style game! Cheers!

  1. Have your jewelry checked. As least once a year, your jewelry should be checked by a professional for loose stones, worn mountings and overall condition.


  1. Have your jewelry cleaned. A cleaned and polished piece of jewelry is always dazzling! Such an easy way to restore natural beauty and can be done in our showroom while you wait!


  1. Insure your jewelry. Submit all appraisals to your insurance company and store these documents (appraisals, laboratory reports etc.) in a safe location or safety deposit box.


  1. Pass down an heirloom. Out with the old, in with the new! We encourage you to treat all of your jewelry as if it is an heirloom, because one day it likely will be. Passing down an heirloom piece of jewelry is an excellent way to commemorate a special occasion or celebration.


  1. Repurpose something special. Are you holding on to grandma’s wedding band or an old set of pearls from mom? We love helping to recreate antique jewelry into something current and modern-day.


  1. Upgrade your sweetheart’s ring. Anniversaries, milestone birthdays and the birth of a child are opportune times to celebrate and acknowledge with a special piece of jewelry…a stunning pendant, right hand ring or stacked band are excellent choices.


  1. Buy a second watch. We often get in a rut of wearing the same watch every…single…day. Your watch should reflect you and different occasions necessitate switching up this everyday accessory.


  1. Make a statement. Consider adding a few statement pieces to your jewelry box. Chunky necklaces and bold colors dramatically increase your style and presence.


  1. Don’t forget to stay true to the basics. Every jewelry collection should include the basics: diamond studs, a nice set of pearls, gold hoop earrings, a right hand ring. And don’t forget to upgrade your basics from time to time!


  1. Lastly, have fun in 2016! Get outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself in 2016, and don’t forget to Sparkle and Shine!
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Sapphires at a Glance!

We’re big fans of infographics here at Union Diamond. And why wouldn’t we be. They help turn the scary world of diamonds and jewelry into something easy to understand and fun to learn about. For example. Did you know that Rubies and Sapphires are both a member of the Corundum family of gemstones? Yep, Sapphires come in all colors except red. That’s because when a pink sapphire crosses into the red color category it’s called a Ruby! Well thanks to your friends at Union Diamond, and this infographic from the incredible people at GIA you will! Continue reading

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It be Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRRRR

Arrrr it be #TalkLikeAPirateDay and we’ve been taken over by some piratey speakin’ folk. Very sparkly… piratey speakin’ folk. So to celebrate, we’re going to be havin’ lots o’ piratey fun here on the blog. And we be startin’ win the traditional Jolly Roger which we thought be needin’ a bit o’ sprucing up. Ahhhhr, that be much better.



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Custom Design… and a Rooster

As avid followers of this blog will know, we love pretty things. Anything that sparkles is just fine by us as evidenced on our social media accounts. And judging by the comments that we get, you love them too! YAY But one comment that we get time and time again is, “I wish I could afford something beautiful like that”, which is a total bummer. But then we realized… dun dun DUN Custom Design!


Let’s assume for a moment that you, like most of the world, have family members who have left you jewelry after their passing. And where is that jewelry? All together now… “In a drawer”.


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Celebrate August with a Peridot Photo Blog

We’re four days into August and loving every minute of it, and that’s partly due to the beauty of August’s birthstone, Peridot. We’re so in love with the beautiful green shades of Peridot that are so reminiscent of a warm summer meadow. But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at some stunning examples from our Pinterest Boards and see for yourself!

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