Your engagement ring care recommendations
It’s not rocket science, but it is important. Follow these expert recommendations to keep your diamond ring both stable and brilliant.
Have your ring checked professionally twice a year
Everyday wear can cause your prongs to loosen or bend. Prevent any stones from accidentally falling out by ensuring the prongs are securely holding your diamond. Give your metal setting a refresh every few years. Depending on the type of metal of your ring, you’ll want to follow the care instructions to ensure it stays shiny and in great shape. Over time, every type of metal will tarnish due to oxygen and moisture coming into contact with your ring. Platinum and yellow gold require polishing every couple of years to maintain its smooth surface and shine. White gold needs to be dipped every few years to replace the rhodium plating and to retain its color and luster. This process is inexpensive.
Remove your ring during hands-on activities
Take off your engagement ring during hand-heavy activities like moving furniture, gardening, lifting weights and doing manual labor. You may also want to remove your ring when you swim, kayak or paddle board. You’ll not only increase the longevity of your ring, but you’ll reduce the chances of it getting lost. Store your Engagement Ring Safely. If you’re not wearing your ring everyday, or decide to leave it behind when you go vacation, be sure you have a safe spot for your ring at home such as a fireproof safe or lockbox. We also recommend keeping a ring dish near your kitchen sink so you can remove your ring before you wash dishes. By taking off your ring, you’re limiting its exposure to harsh chemicals and knocking it against hard surfaces. The less wear and tear on your ring, the better.
But don’t remove your ring in public
While it may be tempting to remove your ring while washing your hands in a public restroom, it could slide down the drain or you might forget it altogether. Try to refrain from taking off your ring in public places. Plan in advance for workouts or manual activity by storing your ring safely at home before the day begins.
You can clean your engagement ring easily at home by following these steps
Step 1: Fill a small bowl with lukewarm water, then add one full drop of dish detergent. Stir the water and dish detergent with a spoon. Do not use chlorine-based cleaner as it may react chemically with the precious metal of your ring.
Step 2: Place your ring in the soapy water for 10 minutes to break down grim and oil. Step 3: Remove your ring and clean it with a soft bristle brush. Gently brush each side,
especially the edges and the back of the ring.
Step 4: Set your ring back in the bowl of water and detergent. Continue brushing the ring to wash off any loosened dirt and grim.
Step 5: Rinse your engagement ring with clean running water. Remember to plug the drain!
Step 6: Use a lint-free cloth or hair dryer to dry your ring. If you let it air dry instead, you may notice water stains on your diamond.
Keep in mind: Avoid using bleach and other abrasive chemicals when cleaning your jewelry. You could damage the metal and your ring’s finish. If you’re not confident in cleaning the ring yourself, just stop into a jeweler’s. It only takes a few minutes for a cleaning.
When should I not be wearing my ring?
Ladies, any form of exercise is a no-no for engagement rings. The constant extreme movement of most types of exercise can cause the ring to bend, twist, wear out the gold, which will cause stones to loosen and eventually fall out. Other than damage to the ring, it will also get dirty quickly with oils & sweat buildup.
Harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, and other solvents can cause serious and permanent damage to the metal as well as the stone. Even if you wear gloves, when taking them on and off catching will occur.
Knocks on worktops or other hard surfaces are a real issue when cleaning.
Our fingers shrink slightly in cold water, avoid wearing your ring in the cold beach/ pool water. Your ring could easily fall off your finger without noticing. On top of that, salt and chlorine can seriously affect the metal of the band, especially if its a treated metal like white gold. Leave it at home where its safe!
During Beauty Regime X
Soap, creams, gels, pastes, shampoos, perfumes, literally all beauty products will immediately latch on to your ring, which cab cause damage. Each time you apply product, some of it will end up in or on your engagement ring. Firstly, it attracts as much dirt, grime, and grease as it can and, secondly, it gets further or further into the nooks and crannies of your ring and we can eventually and cause not just accelerated physical deterioration, but also loosening of the stone due to the increased pressure from beneath as it gets packed tighter and tighter.
Other than creams and lotions sticking to your ring, cooking is probably the next biggest contributor to detritus attaching itself to your engagement ring. Almost everything we touch when preparing a ring from scratch will make our hands sticky, smelly, oily. Baking is just about the worst thing to be doing while wearing your engagement ring, as it involves the two worst ingredients imaginable for long term damage: fat & flour.
We think it's a good idea to not wear your ring in bed. Apart from obvious snagging threat from pajamas, sheets & hair, if you tend to lie n your hands, the pressure of your weight and cause the band to become misshapen and this can lead to stones popping out.
Bumping and dropping your ring
A lot of people are concerned when they bump, hit or drop their diamond ring (which is normally their engagement ring).And they should be concerned, because something as simple as this could actually do a lot of damage to your ring and diamond. Its a sad fact, but it's true!
Diamonds are the hardest, most natural substance on the face of the earth. But that doesn’t mean you can’t break them. In fact, with the right amount of force at just the right angle you could actually chip your diamond, or worse, crack it in half or lose it.
And not only could a little bump damage your diamond, but it could harm your ring as well. It could bend your prongs, crack them, or even snap them completely off. It could damage the actual structure of the ring as well. It could bend the metal, break the shank, loosen your side diamonds, or even crush the stones in your channel Wall. This happens to many people doing simple little task around the house or office. One bash on the wall, one smash on a drawer, one bang as you’re moving a heavy object, it could get caught in a shirt, knocked in a screen door, ... The point is, anything at anytime could happen to your diamond or ring.
Just think of how many times you cut your fingers, nick them, scratch your hands, or get a bruise and have no idea how it even happened. Dropping your ring will also take its toll and cause serious permanent damage to your ring. A single drop will causes trauma to the mounting which could result in prongs loosening which causes diamonds to fall out. Rings take the same kind of abuse, if not more, because they stick up higher than our hands and are always an easy target to WHACK!
Insuring your engagement ring
Your engagement ring’s sentimental value can’t be replaced. But you can be eligible for the full financial investment should your ring ever be lost, stolen or damaged. Have your ring appraised by an appraiser and then insure it for its full replacement value. Review a couple of insurance plan options before settling on the one that’s best for you (and gives you the most value for what you’re paying). Because the cost of diamonds and metals tend to rise over time, have your ring appraised every five years. With an appraisal that’s a decade old or more, the value will likely be far less than what it’s currently worth.