12 Dos & Dont's for Proper Engagement Ring Care
Because your sparkler is such an important piece of jewelry, and not to mention probably outrageously expensive, proper care of your engagement ring should be a top priority. After all, you've spent months, even years, dreaming of the perfect engagement ring, so now that it's a permanent fixture on your left hand, you'll want to ensure it stays just as shiny and beautiful for many years to come.
Your ring is meant to last a lifetime, so it pays to give it the best treatment possible. From the chemicals to avoid to where to store your sparkler, here are a few do's and don'ts on how to take care of your engagement ring.
DO Purchase Insurance
Insurance is necessary to protect your financial investment in the event that something gets stolen, lost, or damaged. It is also important to have your jewelry appraised every five years as the cost of diamonds and precious metals go up. If you were to lose something which was appraised 10 years ago, the insured value would be far less than the actual replacement cost.
DON'T Remove Your Ring in Public
Hand washing is a must, especially in a public restroom, but resist the temptation to remove your engagement ring while you're lathering up. The possibility that you might leave your ring on the ledge of the sink, or, worse, accidentally drop it down the drain, is too great a risk to take.
DON'T Touch the Center Stone
Wondering how to take care of your diamond engagement ring? Always avoid touching the center stone! Diamonds and other precious stones are magnets for dust, dirt, and body oil. When you put on or take off your ring, try grabbing the band on either side of the stone instead of grabbing the stone itself. If your stone ever looks hazy or cloudy, it’s likely something is stuck underneath it and you should have it professionally cleaned.
DO Keep Your Ring Clean
Cleaning your gems with random cleaners at home is something we do not recommend. We have heard tales of how Elizabeth Taylor would clean her 33.19 carat Krupp diamond ring with hot water, a toothbrush, and a splash of gin; however, taking your precious and sentimental engagement ring to an expert jeweler to get it properly steamed clean would be our recommendation.
DON'T Treat Your Ring with Harsh Chemicals
Remove your ring when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals. Bleach and other cleaning agents can dull the finish of your ring and actually harm porous colored gemstones like emeralds.
DON'T Put Your Ring Through Needless Wear and Tear
Yes, a diamond IS one of the world's hardest natural materials, but that doesn't mean a cut and polished diamond cannot chip! Sometimes the table of a cut diamond can be susceptible to wear and tear. Be careful not to knock it against other hard materials.
DO Remove Your Ring During Hands-On Activities
Make sure you’re taking off your ring during all hand-heavy activities such as gardening, cleaning dishes, moving furniture, doing exercising and even doing yoga in your engagement ring. Of course, you can use these rules on a case by case basis with good judgement.
DO Schedule Maintenance Appointments with Your Jeweler
It is very important to schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweler at least once a year to make sure the prongs are tight, the diamond isn't loose and there are no hairline cracks in the shank. All around maintenance is vital.
DO Get a Pre-Wedding Professional Clean
Wedding right around the corner? That is the best possible time to get your engagement ring professionally cleaned by a jeweler. Your jeweler will have access to steamers, sonic cleaners and more, so take full advantage of those tools for your big day photos. Just hold off on wearing it until the big day itself to maintain an ultra-clean, high-sparkle look.
DO Keep Ring Dishes Around the House
We recommend a little ring dish bedside, one next to your sink in the bathroom, and one in the kitchen. Your home is obviously the safest place to remove your ring, but don’t get so used to this that you remove it in public! Always keep your engagement ring on your person. If you need to take if off while you're out and about, throw it on a necklace chain and wear it that way instead.
DO Professionally Clean 14K White Gold
If you have a 14K white gold engagement ring your setting will look a little worn with time and wear, but you can make it look brand new again by dropping it off with your jeweler to have it rhodium plated. Every time you scratch the surface of 14K white gold, it removes the white gold from that scratch. Then after some time, it can have a bit of a yellow tone to it. Good thing this is an easy fix that your jeweler can assist you with.
DON'T Get Ring Envy
Every bride has a different idea as to what her dream engagement ring will look like. Once you have that shiny stone on your finger, don't start comparing your ring with anyone else's. An engagement ring is a symbol of a couple's love and devotion, not a sign of status.