When it comes to your engagement ring, there are some critical things you should and should not do to take care of your prized possession. Your engagement ring is one of the single most important pieces of jewelry you will ever wear, and it is important to take care of it properly in order for it to truly last a lifetime. Regardless of the gemstone type, metal color or style your engagement ring is, there are some common practices you will want to put into place to keep your ring looking bright, shiny and as good as new. Here is a quick guide on how to care for your engagement ring.
Keep your ring nice and clean.
First, make sure you properly clean your ring. The best way to get your engagement ring cleaned is taking it to a professional jeweler that has the equipment. It is also important to remember to take your ring off before working with strong agents such as bleach or cleaning products. That goes for anything else that is hard or dirty on your hands as well, such as gardening or even camping. These simple practices will extend the life of your engagement ring and keep the diamond or other gemstones vibrant.
Try not to touch your ring’s center gemstone often.
Next, and maybe something that you don’t often think about, try not to frequently touch the center stone. By touching the center stone, you are transferring oils from your hand, dirt and more to the stone, making the stone appear less bright. Dust and particles can get stuck under the diamond itself as well.
Store your ring someplace safe.
A large part of taking care of your ring is proper storage as well. Storing your engagement ring in a safe place will ensure that nothing happens to it, it doesn’t get lost or it doesn’t get scratched. Having a designated jewelry box or small try or dish to put your ring in will make sure that it is safe and sound. Another important consideration is that if you have an engagement ring that has a diamond, it can scratch your other jewelry. It is a good idea not to just toss your engagement ring in loose with a jewelry box filled with other jewelry.
Take advantage of inspections.
A highly recommended practice is to also have a professional jeweler conduct an inspection on the engagement ring a couple of times a year. A jeweler will be able to tell if there is anything that needs to be fixed or attended to after you have been wearing the engagement ring every day. Jewelers can take scratches out, shine it up and give you options for your ring’s maintenance. It is also a great idea to get your ring insured with your jeweler. Adding an insurance plan to your engagement ring can ensure that it will be attended to and that you will never have a large, upfront expense with it in the future.