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  1. While I was fishing I found a gold ring in the lake. It is marked "14K CWG". Does anyone know what the CWG would indicate? It appears to be a man's ring with 9 diamond or diamond-like chips in it. Thanks
  2. Hand lotions, hair styling products and everyday grime can leave a film on your diamond that keeps it from sparkling. Those materials can even accumulate into a thick layer of gunk on the back of the stone if you wait too long between cleanings. Diamonds are the hardest substance known, but coatings and other materials used to enhance them can sometimes be removed by harsh cleansers and vigorous scrubbing, making it even more important to clean the gems with care. Do you know if treatments were applied to your diamond before it was placed in a ring setting? If you do, that's great, because it means you've probably done enough research to know how to keep the ring clean without damaging it. Gentle & Effective Cleaning tips for All Diamonds 1. Soak your diamond jewelry in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water. Ivory dishwashing liquid is a good choice, but any other mild detergent is fine. 2. Use a soft brush if necessary to remove dirt. Soft is the word—don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff enough to scratch your jewelry's metal setting. 3. Swish the jewelry around in the solution, then rinse it thoroughly in warm water. Close the drain or put the jewelry in a strainer to keep from losing it! 4. Dry the jewelry with a lint-free cloth. If the jewelry needs extra help, a Water Pik provides a stream of water to flush away small bits of grime. You can also use a wooden toothpick to carefully push dirt away from the stone and setting. The quick-dip method: Buy one of the brand name liquid jewelery cleaners together with its kit, and follow the instructions. Cleaning Unfilled Diamonds Diamonds that have not been fracture filled can be cleaned with a solution of ammonia and water. Use the gentler liquid detergent solution for fracture filled diamonds, because ammonia can eventually cloud or remove the coating that's been placed on the stone. If Your Ring Contains Other Gemstones The method you use to clean any piece of jewelry must protect its weakest element. If your setting includes other gems, use a cleaning method that is suitable for the less durable stones. Points to Remember Don't let your diamond come into contact with chlorine bleach when you're doing housework. It won't harm the diamond, but it can pit or discolor the mounting. Diamonds need care to keep them at their brilliant best. Other things to take into consideration: · Don't wear your diamond when you're doing rough work. Even though a diamond is durable, it can be chipped by a hard blow along its grain. · Don't jumble your diamond pieces in a drawer or jeweler case. Diamonds can scratch each other and also scratch other jeweler. · Take your diamonds to your jeweler for a "check-up" at least once a year. They will check your jeweler for loose setting and signs of wear. They will usually give them a professional polish too.
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