Some gemstones are by nature more fragile than others. In general, you can prevent many problems by not exposing gemstones to common elements such as:
- Household cleaning chemicals
- Extreme heat or light
- Salt water
All gemstones, including diamonds, can chip, scratch, or abrade under the right circumstances. Avoid wearing rings or bracelets while doing any manual labor, including housework. Jewelry should be taken off before strenuous activity or during times when it might be subjected to sharp blows or excessive friction.