Although the diamond is regarded as the most durable substance on earth, it is not infallible. Diamonds, especially fine cut ones, are susceptible to chipping, scratching, tarnishing, or just plain getting lost.
Depending on how its cut or how its set, a diamond can be chipped. Although all diamonds may chip, oval diamonds such as pear-shaped or Marquise-cut diamonds are more likely to chip than other diamonds along the cleavage, or the point where the planes of the diamond meet. Splitting or chipping usually occurs from a hard blow.
Diamonds are also at greater risk when they are set high above the ring. Diamonds that are set in the ring are less likely to chip, although some of the brilliance of the diamond becomes obscured, which is why setting diamonds high in prongs has been a widely used way of showing a diamond.
My prongs are loose on my diamond. What should I do?
When using cleaning chemicals or hand lotions you should also consider removing your ring. If you forget to do this a few times, don’t panic. Grime that builds on your ring can be removed by a jeweler by several different methods.
If you are going to store the ring during you r outdoor trip or your date with Spring cleaning, make sure you store it away from other gem stones. Other stones, especially other diamonds, can permanently scratch the surface of diamonds.