You just got the ring of your lifetime and now comes the time for Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring! And the experts of Aurus Jewels will tell you how!
Congratulations! You’ve said yes, you find a sparkly little rock on your finger, and your heart is full of emotions. Weddings can be like roller coaster rides. Even so, don’t forget to take a moment and learn to care for your precious token of love. Your engagement ring will grace your hand for the rest of your life. And you need to make sure it always sparkles and shines.
We have put together a list of essential dos and don’ts for taking care of your engagement ring, from avoiding chemicals and choosing the proper storage for your engagement ring. Here they are:
Dos of Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring
1. Professionally Clean (for 14K White Gold)
Get your ring professionally cleaned by a jeweler from time to time. It will help keep it looking shiny and new for a long time. If your ring is 14K white gold, it may begin to lose its sheen with wear and tear. Go for rhodium plating on the white gold that can protect your ring from the effects of dust and pollution.
2. Keep Ring Dishes Around the House
Keeping your ring on your finger twenty-four hours may be a tempting idea, but it is not practical. Wearing your ring during routine tasks like doing the dishes, applying make-up, or showering exposes the jewelry to harmful chemicals. You are also more likely to bump the ring into rigid surfaces if you wear it all the time.
Keep a ring dish in your bathroom, next to the kitchen sink, and at your bedside. That way, you will have a convenient and clean spot to keep your sparkler while you go about your chores or sleep.
3. Get a Pre-Wedding Professional Clean
The best time to get your engagement ring professionally cleaned is a few days before the wedding. Drop your ring off at the jewelers for a professional cleaning. Jewelers use steamers, sonic guns, and other elaborate equipment to clean your ring with finesse. It brings out the sparkle in your engagement band so that you can dazzle in the wedding photos.
4. Schedule Maintenance Appointments with Your Jeweller
Schedule regular maintenance appointments with your jeweler. Get a professional cleaning and have them check your ring to see if the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose, has any cracks or scratches, and has any problems with the band itself.
5. Remove Your Ring During Hands-On Activities
Every day we engage in several activities wherein we need to use our hands, sometimes even getting them dirty. You may want to do some gardening, move the furniture, do the dishes, or even exercise – all these activities can potentially damage your engagement ring. Make it a habit to take off your engagement ring before you do any hands-on work. Of course, with time, you will get into the habit of using your hands more carefully to protect your ring – but until then, it is a good idea to take your ring off.
6. Purchase Insurance
Jewelry is a financial investment. If your engagement ring gets stolen, misplaced, or damaged – it can be protected by insurance. Purchase insurance for your engagement ring as soon as you can and safeguard your precious token of love. It is also important to note that you must get your jewelry appraised every five years to account for the rise in prices of gold, platinum, diamonds, and other precious metals.
7. Clean Your Ring Regularly
Just as dirt builds up on our clothes, shoes, and bags, your engagement ring may also accumulate dust and grime with time. Follow the instructions below to clean your ring regularly at home –
- Soak your ring in a cup of warm water mixed with a few drops (not more!) of dish soap or detergent. Let it sit for an hour or overnight
- Gently scrub the surface of your engagement ring with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Rinse and pat dry.
- Remember to cover the drain of your sink while cleaning your rings.
Don’ts of Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring
1. Don’t Put Your Ring Through Needless Wear and Tear
Be careful of where you put your hands while wearing your ring. Diamonds and other precious stones are pretty tough, but they can chip, scratch, and get damaged if you are not careful. Don’t knock your hand against hard surfaces and keep it protected against wear and tear.
2. Don’t Treat Your Ring with Harsh Chemicals
When cleaning your ring at home, be careful with your choice of cleaning agents. Bleach and other household cleaning agents are harsh on precious metals and stones. Keep your ring away when using these chemicals during your household chores. Clean your ring with a gentle cleanser, dish soap, or detergent.
3. Don’t Touch the Centre Stone
Every time you take off or wear your ring resist the temptation to touch the center stone or pull the ring using the center stone. Always hold the ring by the band. Tugging at the ring’s center stone repeatedly can make it lose. It could result in the stone getting damaged or, worse, dropping out when you are not aware.
Every precious belonging deserves care and upkeep. Your engagement ring needs looking after if you want it to shine and dazzle on your finger for a long time. Follow the dos and don’ts given above to ensure that you can protect your ring from damage and dullness for a long time.
About the Author:
Niyati Shah is a content specialist with Aurus Jewels, where she helps the digital team in developing unique, engaging, and informative lifestyle content. She covers the latest trends and topics pertaining to fine Indian jewelry, be it modern, traditional, or antique. She also writes on topics that help define and guide women, especially brides. With her experience in design and fashion, along with her passion for jewelry, she offers insightful value to her readers.