Engagement rings are precious in more ways than one. Protecting your ring to ensure that it lasts forever (or at least as long as possible) is the best way to keep your investment safe through the years. For many future brides, receiving the ring and wearing it is a moment that will never be forgotten. One day, you may dream of handing your precious ring to your daughter for her wedding. Your daughter may then be able to hand the ring down to her daughter. This is how heirlooms begin.
In order to keep your ring in its best possible shape however, you first need to take a few steps to help it last through the years.
Simple Ways to Make Your Engagement Ring Last
Depending on the style of your ring, the overall value and the type of metal and stones used in the ring design, your ring may be naturally long-lasting or it may require a bit of extra care when worn every day. Certain metals, such as platinum, are known for their strength, resilient and finish, with little to no tarnish appearing. Other metals however, such as the popular rose gold that is seen in so many modern ring designs, is a little bit softer and may need a bit more care. Stones such as diamonds are measured by their hardness as well as their clarity and colour. Pearls for example are not as tough as diamonds, while morganite can also be a good deal softer than a diamond.
Over and beyond steps that you can take to preserve your ring, it is essential to understand your ring from the moment it is put onto your finger. Find out what properties the metal has, and do your homework to determine the quality and strength of the stones used in your ring. This will firstly allow you to accurately insure your ring, and secondly, it will help you know whether any special steps are needed to look after it properly. Some other steps that you should take to preserve engagement rings include the following:
- Cleaning. It is best to have your ring cleaned professionally by a trusted jeweller. This will ensure that your ring is cared for while it is being cleaned. An experienced jeweller will know which cleaning products to use on your specific ring metal and stones, or which products to avoid. If you ever need to clean your ring at home, be very wary of store-brought products unless your jeweller has specifically recommended something that is safe to use. A gentle, non-harmful cleaning solution to try includes warm water and a very tiny bit of mild dish soap. Always use a soft cloth – never a scrubbing pad or abrasive sponge. Do not attempt to use vinegar or any home remedy that could damage your ring. When in doubt, ask a qualified jeweller rather than taking a chance.
- Protection. If you plan on doing any activity that could damage your ring, take it off. Wear gloves over your ring when you are gardening. Take your ring off if you are working with harsh chemicals. If your ring has a band or setting that is not smooth, with parts that could catch on fabric, take extra care to check it every day for signs of damage. If a stone is loose, or any part of the ring seems different or not quite right, take it off immediately until you can get to a jeweller for an assessment. If you leave small problems, they can all too easily become bigger problems. Some stones are almost impossible to replace, so prevention is always the best move.
- Repairs and Maintenance. You may not think that your ring needs any sort of repair or check-up. Sometimes, however, very tiny flaws may develop that are hard to see with the naked eye. If your ring is showing signs of wear and tear, it could be easily revived with just a small repair. Loose or missing stones should be fixed as quickly as possible. Wobbly settings should also be fixed, as these can lead to loose stones. Take care of your ring and it will last.
In addition to custom ring design, Cape Diamonds also provides a number of cleaning and repair solutions. Contact us today to find out more about protecting and caring for your engagement ring.