3 Factors That Influence Engagement Ring Longevity

As the old saying goes, diamonds are forever, and where engagement rings are concerned, this is certainly true to some extent. But, while the diamond itself may last a very, very long time, the ring is not always as long-lasting. Proper care will help to keep your ring in tip top condition – understanding the factors that affect the ring’s durability and longevity will ensure that you are able to keep it looking as sparkly and shiny as the day it was put onto your finger.

It is always important to do a bit of research when choosing an engagement ring – whether for yourself or your future fiancé. Understanding things such as metal grading, diamond grading and settings will go a long way in helping you choose a ring that will last through the ages without the risk of damage.

How to Ensure a Longer Lifespan for Engagement Rings

Without further ado, here are some tips to help you choose a ring that will last as long as your love (and by that, we mean forever).

  1. Metal grading. Grading systems are used to evaluate a number of different metals, to gage their purity and strength. Some metals may be soft, and therefore require a stronger metal to be included to increase its longevity. For example, alloy is often added to gold in various ratios, because pure gold is relatively soft. White gold includes more silver, while rose gold includes copper. The higher the karat, the higher the percentage of gold. This means that very high karat gold rings will be purer, but may also be more delicate.
  2.  Stone grading. Stones are also graded for their overall quality. Diamonds are extremely strong. So much that diamonds (and synthetic replicas) are used in many industrial machines and devices, including drills that can cut through tough material. Other stones may not be as strong as diamonds however. Jewellers use special charts to determine the strength of each type of stone. Always ask to find out how your chosen stone measures up in the strength department, so that you are aware of any damage risks.
  3.  Setting. Even the design of the ring can affect how long it lasts. One of the most common types of ring repair involves resetting stones. Over the years, clothing and other things catch on settings. Prong settings are especially prone to wear and tear. In time, weakened settings can break, and stones can fall out and be lost forever. Pay attention to the type of setting your ring has, and ask your jeweller for advice on how to ensure a more secure setting.

These are the top three factors that affect the life-span of your ring, but they are by no means the only factors. How you look after your ring will also play a big part in its upkeep. Choosing your ring according to your lifestyle is another important thing to keep in mind, as is keeping up with regular cleaning and check-up appointments. To ensure that your diamond engagement ring truly is forever, these simple tips can make all the difference.

Gorgeous Engagement Ring Trends for 2016

Wondering what engagement ring trends are on the cards for 2016? Looking for some inspiration for your upcoming ring purchase? We have just the thing to inspire and delight.

While we do not ever encourage brides-to-be to be led by trend when choosing a ring, constant changes in seasons, fashion and trends can be a great way to find ideas that you had not previously considered. Instead of following new ideas blindly, we suggest that you use these trends to come up with ideas on elements that you would like for your ring.

Top Trends for Engagement Rings 2016

In no particular order, here are some of our favourite trends in engagement jewellery…

  1. Floral Accents

Engagement Ring Trends 2016 Floral Accents

Floral accents are a nice way to bring in a touch of romance and whimsy. Details such as flowers, petals, vines and floral motifs can be added to the band, the cut or the entire ring. What makes this trend so versatile is that it works with almost every style of ring – modern, minimal, classic, boho, vintage and unique. This also works well with metals such as rose gold, giving it a feminine, pretty touch.

  1. Coloured Diamonds

Engagement Ring Trends 2016 Coloured Diamonds

Diamond engagement rings remain one of the most popular choices as far as stones go, but you can still add some colour by choosing non-traditional, colourful diamonds. Blue diamonds, pink and yellow diamonds, chocolate diamonds and even black diamonds are just some ideas to consider. Depending on your overall ring design, setting and the metal, your ring can be as bold or subtle as you choose.

  1. Square Bands

Engagement Ring Trends 2016 Square Bands

Square bands have a modern, stylish look, but that is not the only reason for the rise in their popularity. This type of band is also a lot more comfortable than the traditional round band, with no pinching or constricted fingers. If you prefer a less conventional style, this one is sure to be just right for you.

  1. Colourful Accent Stones

Engagement Ring Trends 2016 Colourful Accent Stones

If you’d love to add some colour, but don’t want to have the entire ring in colour, accents can be brightened by adding colourful stones in the setting, band or flanking stones alongside your diamond. Pairing diamonds with brightly hued gems such as sapphire, emerald, ruby, tanzanite or even subtly toned stones such as morganite can add a vibrant touch without being overly bold.

  1. Split Shank

Engagement Ring Trends 2016 Split Shank

This trend is another versatile way to add more dimension and style to your ring. Instead of a single band, the band is split into two, flanking the middle setting at all four corners. The band can be pave or simple metal, depending on your preferences. Better still, you can add even more stones without overpowering your main setting.

We hope that these trends for engagement rings in 2016 help to inspire your dream ring. If you would like to learn more about custom ring design, contact us and let us know how we can make your dreams into a reality.

How to Clean Diamond Engagement Rings Safely

After the magical proposal, the romantic wedding and the constant headiness of seeing that diamond sparkle every time you glance at it, there comes a time when you need to think of the less glamorous things… such as caring for diamond engagement rings to ensure that the sparkle continues to catch your eye.

There are many, many internet articles and social media “hacks” and tips on cleaning precious stones and jewellery yourself. Some tips might give you expert advice from professional jewellers; others may be less than helpful. Before you attempt to clean your ring using tips you have found online, you should first stop to consider a few essential factors. The stone, the metal of the band, the setting and the overall value are the most important things to consider, but it is also important to understand your options that are available before you decide the best route for keeping your engagement ring clean without risking its condition.

Professional Engagement Ring Cleaning

If you want your ring to be fully cleaned without any risk of tarnishing, discolouration, chemical damage, chips, nicks or any other type of wear, you will need to take it in to a professional jeweller to be cleaned. Jewellers use speciality products and tools that are designed specifically for different types of stones, metals and settings. As such, they will be able to keep your ring looking flawless without damaging it in any way.

Professional cleaning should be done once a year or thereabouts, by a trusted, reputable jeweller. Along with a deep clean, your jeweller will also be able to examine the ring for tiny, miniscule flaws that cannot be seen by the naked eye. If there are any tiny chips, or any settings have become loose, such problems can be picked up and fixed before any further damage occurs. This will prolong the lifespan of your ring, and ensure that it does not lose value over time.

Cleaning Your Engagement Ring at Home

In between professional checks and cleaning, you may be able to care for your ring at home – provided that you avoid harsh chemicals and rough clothes or scrubbing tools that could cause damage. Gentle soaps and warm water are best, but even those can be damaging to delicate materials.

Some stones and metals are softer than others, while others are hardier. To ensure that you do not damage your ring when cleaning it (or when washing dishes or using any household cleaners, for that matter), speak to your jeweller first and ask for their advice on how to clean your specific ring. It is better to avoid home cleaning completely and increase the number of professional cleaning appointments than risk your ring’s quality. Losing a stone or damaging a stone can end up not only costing the earth, but also reducing the overall quality and durability of your ring.

So above all else, it is better to take diamond engagement rings to an expert than risk doing it yourself.