The real fun begins when you say “YES” to the engagement. Of course, preparing for the Big Day is at the top of your priority list, but have you considered how to care for your beautiful engagement ring? Making a strategy to care for your jewelry now and in the future is an often-overlooked aspect of owning a ring. Because most brides-to-be are naturally busy throughout their busy wedding season, we created an easy-to-follow checklist to help you maintain your new jewelry as beautiful and safe as the day you slid it on your finger.
Your sparkler is an important piece of jewelry, it goes without saying. Following your significant other’s proposal, proper engagement ring care should be a major priority. After all, you’ve been dreaming of the perfect engagement ring for months, if not years. Now that it’s a permanent feature on your left hand, you’ll want to keep it shining and glistening for years to come.
Here are some dos and don’ts for caring for your engagement ring, from avoiding specific chemicals to storage suggestions.
1. Protect It With Insurance
One of the simplest methods to ensure that the value of your jewelry is protected if it is lost, stolen, or damaged in any way is to arrange insurance coverage for your ring. The correct coverage for your engagement ring can be decided depending on its monetary value at the time of purchase. However, if it is passed down or inherited in any way, a jewelry evaluation may be required to provide proper coverage. Insurance coverage allows you to relax, knowing that if the worst happens, your insurance will replace or repair this vital element. Because replacing or repairing a damaged ring can be costly, many couples find it difficult to budget for replacement or repairs.
Keep in mind that your engagement ring and bridal set should both be insured. Jewelry insurance is available in four different forms: as part of a homeowner’s or renter’s policy, as a jewelry addition to a homeowner’s or renter’s policy, as a specific property policy, or as a specialist jewelry policy. Having precious jewelry re-appraised every five years or so is also a good idea to ensure that the value of the stone, metal of the band, and diamond are appropriately assessed and covered.
2. Keep it safe by wearing it on your finger
While this new element to your finger sparkles and shines, wearing such a precious piece on a daily basis is usually a new experience, so thinking about how to care for it may not occur to you as often as it should. Wearing a fresh diamond or precious gemstone every day might be exciting for newly engaged couples, but it takes some getting used to. The best habit to form is to wear jewelry at all times unless you’re going to the beach, where a lost piece would be nearly hard to find, working out, or doing other manual duties like cleaning or moving heavy objects. Taking your jewelry off all the time puts your new diamond ring at risk of being forgotten, lost, or even damaged. While you need to take your jewelry off, keep it in the same spot each time or store it carefully in a secure storage container when not in use at home to safeguard it from harm.
3. During hands-on activities, take off your ring.
When performing manual labor, such as moving furniture, gardening, lifting weights, or doing manual labor, remove your engagement ring. When you swim, kayak, or paddle board, you may want to take your ring off. You’ll not only extend the life of your ring, but you’ll also decrease the odds of it being misplaced.
We also suggest placing a ring dish near the kitchen sink so you may take off your ring before washing the dishes. You’re reducing your ring’s exposure to harsh chemicals and hitting it against hard surfaces by taking it off. The less your ring is worn out, the better.
4. Do Not Remove Your Ring In Public Places
In a public restroom, hand cleaning is required, but resist the urge to remove your engagement ring while doing so. The risk of leaving your ring on the sink ledge or, worse, dropping it down the drain is too big.
5. When you’re not wearing your engagement ring, keep it safe.
There are a few situations in which removing your new ring is the best option. However, rather of slipping it off your finger carelessly, the best way to secure your new diamond is to prepare ahead. You can schedule not wearing your engagement diamond at certain times and replace it with a copy while your actual one is kept secure. Many department stores and specialist stores have wonderful imitation jewelry that resembles most of the popular engagement or wedding styles, so finding a duplicate for your diamond is not difficult. You may wear the copycat jewelry while your engagement diamond is safely stashed away at home for a fraction of the price.
But when is it appropriate to forego the actual thing? If you don’t have your diamonds insured yet, wearing a replica can help keep the real one secure. Other instances to wear a copy for safety concerns include when traveling, particularly overseas, where a huge diamond would be appealing to thieves or when a lost item of jewelry would be tough to locate. Replicas of such great quality are now available, and no one will believe that the diamond on your finger is really your original ring.
6. Keep your hands off the center stone.
Do you have any questions about how to care for your diamond engagement ring? At all costs, avoid touching the central stone. Diamonds and other precious stones are magnets for dust, grime, and body oil.
Try holding the band on either side of the stone instead of the stone itself when putting on or taking off your ring. It’s likely that something is lodged beneath your stone if it appears hazy or cloudy.
7. Make Sure Your Ring Is Clean
Cleaning your ring professionally protects its surfaces & stones. Cleaning the stones and band on a regular basis is one of the finest ways to keep your jewelry safe. While some may consider this more of a luxury than a necessity, we all know that protecting an investment such as a car or a home also necessitates frequent cleaning. Regular steam cleaning by an on-site jeweler can ensure that no harsh chemicals damage the stone or metals, as well as providing you with a ring that sparkles as brightly as the day it was first worn. A professional refresh twice a year is also a good option because it may assist manage the stone’s and setting’s structural integrity.
Another reason to have your engagement ring professionally cleaned is to eliminate the typical residue of dirt and oils on the stone, which can diminish the luster. And why have a magnificent engagement ring if you don’t show off the cut and carat? Unlike professionally steam-cleaned procedures, at-home cleaning can be abrasive, and scrubbing directly on a stone or metal might result in unexpected damage. To restore jewelry to its natural beauty, professionals utilize delicate steam to shine diamonds and bands without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
8. Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals
Avoid strong chemicals to retain the bright brilliance of your engagement ring’s central stone. Although it is unavoidable to wash your hands, the usage of hand sanitizers might really harm your diamonds. Avoid using any strong chemicals while your ring is on your hand.
Bleach and other similar harsh cleaning chemicals should also be avoided while wearing engagement jewelry since they can destroy a diamond or metal band. While a diamond is one of the hardest substances on Earth, it can crack, chip, or even discolor when exposed to certain severe chemicals or elements. The greatest method to keep your diamond jewelry in the best possible condition for a lifetime of love and wear is to avoid them whenever feasible.
9. Regularly inspecting the setting, diamond & band’s condition
Giving your prized engagement ring a thorough, regular inspection to ensure that the prongs are secure, the stone is intact, the band is unchanged, and no parts are loose or missing is one of the finest methods to keep it safe. When you do a frequent check of your jewelry, you may quickly detect the beginnings of any mistakes before you end up frantically searching the floor for a missing stone from a loose setting. A regular inspection of your diamond can also identify any residue or microscopic particles that need to be removed, such as an errant grain or sand wedged into the setting following an impromptu beach trip.
10. Resizing your ring
A resizing is required if your engagement ring is too tight or too loose. A loose band is not only at risk of falling off and becoming lost or damaged, but it also risks damaging the setting or stone if it spins or sits away from the finger. Resizing a band doesn’t have to be difficult, and it’s even free at Brilliant Earth if done within 60 days of purchase! Hands swell and alter size at many life periods, such as pregnancy and postpartum. Rather than resizing your ring over and over, keep it in a safe place until it fits again.
Avoiding resizing, on the other hand, can be a formula for disaster. Frequent resizing, on the other hand, can weaken the metal of the ring and impair the diamond’s setting, so be careful not to do it too often. To safeguard the integrity of the diamond and ring, it may be required to invest in one correct resizing, which may be done at the time of purchase or when the bridal set is chosen. We’re all aware that when our hands get cold, our fingers shrink slightly. As a result, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your costly ring when it’s cold outside or near cold water.
11. Keeping Your Beautiful Diamond Safe Every Day
One of the most thrilling pieces of jewelry most of us will ever own is an engagement diamond. However, because it is such a large investment, it is critical for a newly engaged person to become accustomed to applying common sense every day when wearing it. Brides-to-be will be able to preserve their precious jewelry safe and in pristine condition during the wedding and for many years to come if they follow our advice.
12. Don’t Get Ring Envy
Every bride has her own vision of what her ideal engagement ring should look like. Don’t compare your ring to anyone else’s once you’ve got that gleaming stone on your finger. A wedding band is a symbol of a couple’s love and commitment, not a status symbol.