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the effect of chlorine and salt water

What effect does chlorine have on my diamond ring?

  • What substances are harmful to my diamond ring?
  • Where do I come into contact with chlorine?
  • What effect does chlorine have on diamonds and gemstones in general?
  • What effect does salt water have on precious metals?
  • What if salt water comes into contact with my diamond ring?

Precious jewels, whether set with diamonds or other precious stones, are valuable possessions that need to be handled with the necessary caution and care. What if my gold ring is already damaged? Often it is difficult to undo what has been done. What should I do to best maintain my precious jewellery?

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What substances are harmful to my diamond ring?

Certain environmental factors, such as chlorine or salt water, can cause irreparable damage without you realizing. Therefore, when you are on holiday, it is best to store away your jewellery safely before taking that refreshing swim in the ocean or pool. Few know that chlorine is very harmful to both yellow and white gold jewellery. The actual damage of chlorine on gold jewels is caused by stress corrosion.

Is your ring already damaged or has it been repaired previously? In that case, the gold is extra vulnerable to chlorine exposure. However, the higher the carat of your gold, the longer it takes before your ring will be affected.

Where do I come into contact with chlorine?

Chlorine is not solely used to kill bacteria in pools or Jacuzzis. This chemical is present in products you use every day, such as cleaning agents or paint.

What effect does chlorine have on diamonds and gemstones in general?

Diamonds and other precious stones are prone to discolouration when they come into contact with chlorine or other aggressive chemicals. Please be careful not to wear your gold ring or diamond jewellery when cleaning, swimming or relaxing in the Jacuzzi. Similar to diamonds, other precious stones require special care too, depending on their hardness. A professional cleaning is therefore advisable.

Do you nevertheless want to clean your jewellery yourself? Read the following maintenance tips from our BAUNAT experts.

What effect does salt water have on precious metals?

Salt water, too, can have a harmful effect on jewellery. Exposure to salt water leads to the erosion of the soldered parts of your precious jewellery. Do you notice signs of erosion? Keep in mind that this weakens your jewel, making it easier to lose a diamond.

Thus, when on holiday, it is best to take a plunge in the ocean or swimming pool without wearing your favourite jewellery.

What if salt water comes into contact with my diamond ring?

Salt water can also affect diamonds or other precious stones, resulting in permanent damage to the stone’s facets. Unable to reflect light, this will dull your diamond or precious stones considerably. Even a high quality jewel can get damaged beyond repair by being exposed to salt water. Therefore, we advise to avoid wearing your jewellery when you will be coming into contact with high salt content waters.

What if I have additional questions regarding the maintenance and care of my diamond jewellery and gold rings? Ask our BAUNAT diamond experts for advice.

Written by: CHLOÉ POUPON-DUMONTET Diamond Jewellery Advisor

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