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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.