Whether you just acquired a sparkly diamond or you’ve been married for 50 years, there are a few things you can do to protect your precious engagement ring. It is important that you treat this special symbol the same way you would treat the person who gave it to you.
It sounds simple, but so many brides don’t. Protect your financial investment by getting insurance, because you never know what may happen.
Make Sure It’s The Right Size
If your ring is too big, it can slide off your finger, but if it’s too small, it can alter the construction of the jewellery by yanking on it too hard to get it off.
Don’t Remove Your Ring In Public
Washing your hands in public bathrooms is essential, but if you take off your ring to do so you may leave it on the ledge of the sink or drop it down the drain. It really isn’t worth the risk.
It’s OK To Remove Your Ring
While removing your ring in public is not a good idea, it is OK not to wear your engagement ring at all times. A delicate piece of jewellery is not made to never come off. Your ring isn’t indestructible so you can’t go anywhere with it and do anything with it. Things you shouldn’t do while wearing your engagement ring: play sports, go to the gym, go swimming or do gardening. Some experts advise brides not to sleep with their engagement ring on, because it can get tangled and pull on the sheets.
Never Remove Your Ring By The Diamond
Speaking of removing your ring, always hold your ring by the band when removing and never by the diamond. This keeps the diamond secure in its setting and prevents the natural oils in your hands from building up around the stone setting. While taking off your ring, don’t rush. This process should take a diligent 7 – 10 seconds, which may seem long, but it will prevent the ring from becoming misshapen.
Get Your Ring Cleaned Professionally
You may want to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor and clean your engagement ring with hot water, a toothbrush and gin, but the professionals advise you not to. Rather get an expert to steam clean your ring.
If you simply want to give your diamond ring a quick home spruce, the best thing to do is to soak the ring in a bowl that contains four parts warm water and one part household ammonia for no more than ten minutes. Brush the ring very gently with a very soft brush, dip it back into the solution, rinse and leave it to drain on some tissue paper. Paper tissues can leave fibres and dust on the ring and are therefore less suitable for rubbing your ring dry than jewellery cloths or other lint-free fabrics. Alternatively, you could use a hair dryer on a low setting from an appropriate distance to air dry your engagement ring and avoid water spots.
Be Careful Of Harmful Chemicals
Daily activities such as washing your hair, cleaning the dishes and cooking involve substances that can accumulate on and around your engagement ring. Take off your ring before doing such activities and you will prevent your ring from getting unnecessarily dirty and damaged.
Don’t Put Your Diamond Through Unnecessary Wear and Tear
Diamonds may be one of the world’s hardest natural materials, but that doesn’t mean a cut and polished diamond cannot be damaged. Be sure not to knock your diamond against other hard materials.
Be Intentional About Your Storage Options
Because diamonds are famously hard, they can scratch other jewellery. Storing your engagement ring in a soft pouch away from other jewellery can protect your ring and other jewellery items. When travelling, it is OK to leave your ring at home, stored away securely, and wear “costume jewellery” in its place.
Schedule Maintenance Appointments
At least once a year, return to your jeweller to check that the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose and there are no cracks in the shank.