How to Clean and Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring
Your engagement ring might be the first piece of fine jewelry you own. After the initial excitement of being engaged winds down, you suddenly realize you’re now responsible for a valuable piece of jewelry - one that you need to care for every single day.
It's easy to panic - wondering how often to clean your diamond to keep it sparkling, when to take off your engagement ring and how to keep your new jewelry safe.
Start with these daily, weekly and yearly tasks. If you do each of these things at the frequency noted, you’re very likely to have a diamond that really does last forever.
How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring Daily
Store in a separate, fabric pouch or section of your jewelry box
One of the most common ways jewelry is damaged is being scratched by other jewelry.
Have a safe, memorable location available to place your jewelry
Even when you’re on-the-go, always know where you can safely store your ring if you need to remove it.
Watch for warning signs of vulnerabilities in your jewelry
Know how to spot a loose stone. There are six major signs that your jewelry’s about to break.
Place your ring in a designated spot while showering
All those soaps and shampoos will cause buildup on your ring. Plus, fishing a ring out of the drain is never fun!
Wipe down with a dry gem cloth
Need your very own gem cloth? Ask your jeweler or let us know!
How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring Weekly
A light cleaning using a safe, homemade jewelry cleaner
Sweat and body oil can dull the shine of your jewelry. The best DIY diamond ring cleaner calls for just warm soapy water and a fresh toothbrush. Watch the video to the right to learn how to clean diamond rings.
How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring Yearly
Never Do This to Your Diamond Engagement Ring
When to Take Your Engagement Ring Off
Although you may not want to, there are certain times when it is best to take your engagement ring off and store it in a safe place.
When washing hands, keep in mind that soaps or sanitizers may be harmful to certain stones and metals. In addition, cool water can cause your fingers to shrink, creating room for your ring to slip off. In general, rings and open drains are a risky combo which is why it’s best to remove the ring before washing.
The activities below can cause damage to the band or stone of your ring or unnecessarily subject your piece to loss or theft.
Set a Reminder
While all these tasks may seem daunting to remember, it’s really all about habits.
Make it a habit to always remove your ring when doing something potentially damaging. When in doubt, take it off - just be sure to designate safe storage spaces both home and on-the-go.
As for the maintenance tasks like cleaning, inspections and appraisals, try setting yourself recurring calendar reminders. If your jewelry is insured, your annual policy renewal is a great reminder to take that ring in for an inspection!
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