4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Diamond Rings
You and your spouse will wear your engagement ring and wedding rings day in and day out. They are among your most prized possessions, and you’ll rarely, if ever, take them off. Even though your diamond engagement ring and wedding bands mean so much to you, have you taken the necessary steps to take care of them?
Think about the work your hands do on a daily basis. Think about all the situations your diamond rings are exposed to. It’s time to give your wedding rings the attention they deserve. Follow these ring care tips to ensure your rings’ safety and to have them looking brand new for years to come.
1. Insure Them
Wedding rings have great sentimental (and monetary) value. Most people want to make sure these rings last a lifetime, and you might even want them to last several lifetimes so you can pass the rings down to future generations. One way you can safeguard your investment is to purchase ring insurance. However, you need to make sure you understand the policy and its fine print. For instance, some jewelry insurance policies won’t cover ring repairs.
2. Clean Them
Get all that grime off those rings and make them shine! You can take your rings to be professionally cleaned by a jeweler, you can buy jewelry cleaner at the store, or you can simply soak your rings in warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. After the rings have soaked for a while, scrub off all the dirt with a soft toothbrush. If you have a diamond ring, you can also soak it in equal parts ammonia and cold water for half an hour. Be aware: this method can damage your rings’ stones if they’re not diamonds.
3. Keep Them Safe
This probably goes without saying, but you should be cautious about what you do with your rings. For instance, never remove your diamond rings in a public restroom where you could accidentally knock them down a drain or leave them sitting on the edge of a sink. You should also avoid doing rough work while wearing your rings. For example, if you know you’re going to be doing yard work or changing the oil in your car, take off your precious rings and store them in a safe place. Also, avoid exposing your rings to harsh chemicals like bleach, which can dull the finish.
4. Inspect Them
Every year, you should take your diamond engagement ring and wedding bands to your local jeweler to have it inspected. The jeweler will be able to make sure there are no loose prongs and that your diamonds aren’t loose, which means you won’t have to frantically search for a dislodged diamond. Plus, your jeweler will usually clean your rings up for you!
Do you have an anniversary coming up? Consider getting a new set of matching wedding bands to commemorate the occasion!