Care Tips For Your Engagement Ring
Engagement rings are special possessions because of their sentimental value and price. It’s not every day that people receive engagement rings; which is why you should consider the following tips to ensure your engagement ring lasts forever.
#1 Professional Cleaning
Engagement rings, like most pieces of jewelry, accumulate dirt over time. Regularly cleaning your jewelry will ensure it will have its full luster. We recommend professionally cleaning your diamond engagement ring every 4-6 months to keep it in great shape and maintain that stunning shine.
Hands are typically oily, and as you take off and put on your ring, some of the oil is naturally going to rub onto it. The beauty of wearing a diamond ring is having it clean and pristine, always.
#2 Invest in Jewelry Cleaning Solutions
Aside from professional cleanings, you should also take time to clean your jewelry from home. If you don’t have a jewelry cleaning kit, you can use warm water with a small dab of dish soap. You need a non-abrasive solution that does not compromise the integrity of your ring. Use a brush with soft bristles to get stubborn dirt that your solution does not remove and gently dry with a lint-free cloth. Refrain from using materials that can scratch the surface of your ring.
#3 Know When to Take off Your Engagement Ring
We know it hurts to take off the ring and there may be an urge to wear them all the time. However, there are times when you should put away your engagement ring to save it from damage. Aside from taking it off when showering, be sure to take off your engagement ring when engaging in hands-on activities.
If your going swimming, our hands tend to shrink in cold water making it easy to lose an engagement ring during an ocean swim. There are risks in a pool as well, chlorine can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring and your platinum, gold, or white gold wedding band. That being said, you don’t necessarily have to slip your ring off each time your hands are in contact with water. This can increase the chances of loss and misplacement. Reasonably washing your hands with your ring on will not interfere with its quality.
Household chores can lead to accidental knocks and bumps of your engagement ring on tough surfaces. These accidents can lead to damage to the stone itself, the prongs, and the overall shape of the ring. Harsh chemicals can potentially alter the color like bleach and ammonia found in common household cleaners.
In addition, the gym, cooking, playing sports, working with machinery, gardening, etc. are all hands-on activities that you should avoid while wearing your engagement ring.
#4 Don't Underestimate Insurance
Diamond engagement rings are prized possessions, and everyone that has one should insure it. Insurance is the best way of ensuring your engagement ring lasts a lifetime - while also noting it's important to understand the insurers policy aligns with what you are looking for. Insurance premiums generally cost about 2% of the ring value annually. (ex $10,000 ring = $200 annually) There are a couple of options when it comes to insuring your ring (ex. replacement policy and cash value policy). Be sure to talk to your agent about which policy they offer and which one best suits your needs. Work with a well-reputed insurer so you can buy back the ring in case of theft or misplacement.
Follow these care tips and you'll be able to maintain your engagement rings structural integrity. and ensure it lasts forever.