One of the most important symbols of eternal love is the engagement ring. After buying the most suitable model for you among many kinds of jewelry all you have to do is to carry the ring on your finger happily for life. Such rings are worn with every outfit, at home or a business meeting, at any time of the day or night.
Therefore, the engagement ring becomes a part of the wearer. With proper care, the jewelry will retain its original beautiful design for many years and can be used for a lifetime. To keep your ring on your finger for life, there are simple precautions to take, which we’ll talk about below.
Insure Your Engagement Ring
When choosing a ring, you should also take care of insurance. Rings are not covered by a standard policy. If you already got insurance, you can add a specific option or buy a separate policy for your ring. For this, you will need an appraisal (some sellers provide this with jewelry for free).
One of the most reliable insurances is from Jewelers Mutual. This insurance will cover the full cost of losing a ring, regardless of the circumstances in which it was lost. Some insurance companies in such cases suggest contacting the manufacturer to replace the ring. As a result, there is a risk of getting a completely different product, the quality of which is much lower.
In order not to get into a difficult situation if the ring is broken or lost, make sure that the seller provides a lifetime warranty for the product and free resizing service. Update your policy every few years. This will allow you to be sure that the insurance will cover the entire price of the ring.
Clean Your Ring Every Week
There is nothing quite as glamorous as the sparkle of a gorgeous engagement ring. And it can be a little frustrating to see it dull over time. That’s why you should clean your ring once a week to protect the shine of it.
Store-bought non-abrasive special cleaners for jewelry are the best choice. With their elegant and soft consistency, professional cleaners are ideal for cleaning all metals and precious stones. To clean your ring, mix some cleaner into warm water and make a soft paste. Remove your ring and with your fingers rub the paste onto the stones and metal. Rinse your ring in warm water and dry it with a lint-free cloth.
If you want to clean your jewelry more deeply, drop the liquid dish soap in the bowl with warm water. Brush your ring with a soft toothbrush. Toothbrushes produced for children can be your savior in this sense. Rinse your ring with fresh water and dry it with a lint-free cloth.
Of course, the easiest option is to contact a jeweler. At any jewelry store, your ring can be cleaned very well with a large ultrasonic. A jeweler can also inspect it to make sure it doesn’t need to be repaired.
Avoid Exposing Your Ring to Chemicals
Many products containing chemicals, especially sulfate-based products, cause jewelry to dull very early. In addition, perfumes and deodorants are risky products for jewelry.
Contact with chemicals such as chlorine, acetone, or bleach causes the colors to change and become dull. Even the remnants of soaps or hand creams you use while washing dishes can stay on your jewelry and affect its shine.
Sometimes you have to put disinfectant on your hands and continue your day without removing your ring. In this case, not only our skin but also our jewelry, which we love, is under the influence of chemicals.
Too frequent use of hand sanitizers can damage rings, reduce the shine of jewelry, and even disrupt the settings of jewelry over time. The reason is that there is alcohol in the products we used to disinfect our hands. Excessive exposure to alcohol on jewelry can cause premature fading, matting, and micro-erosion.
Take Your Ring Off for Hands-on Activities
The best protection for your ring is to remove it whenever there is a risk of scratching metal or damaging stones. Never wear the ring when swimming, gardening, sailing, going to the gym, or washing dishes.
When you wear your engagement ring on the beach, there is a particular danger. Coldwater will reduce the size of the finger, so it may slip into the water. That is why people on the beach lose their rings most often.
Many people do not take off their wedding rings while sleeping, but this is not the best idea. It is better to take off the engagement ring before going to bed and put it on in the morning. In a dream, the ring can catch on a blanket or sheet. The ring can snag on the threads of the blanket or sheet, pulling on and weakening the prongs.
During pregnancy, a woman’s fingers size may increase. You should not rush to change the size of the ring. It is better to remove the ring during pregnancy and try to wear it again after the baby is born. If the ring is still small for you, feel free to contact a good jeweler.
Store Your Jewelry Separately
As much as you love your wedding ring, sometimes you have to take it off. In this case, you should find a safe place for keeping it. Ring holders are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Never place your jewelry near a sink or in areas that small children or animals have access to.
Be sure to get a special fabric pouch or jewelry box for your ring with a separate space for your wedding ring. Very often jewelry gets scratched from other jewelry. For example, diamonds are so hard that they can easily damage precious stones and metals.
Handle Your Engagement Ring with Care
When putting on and taking off the ring, do not under any circumstances hold it by the central stone. You should always grab it by the band. Otherwise, the metal may bend over time. The stone will not hold securely in the setting, so it can get lost. In addition, if you touch a diamond frequently with your fingers, it will leave fingerprints and skin oil that dampens the shine.
Be sure to protect your engagement ring from bumps and scratches. At the first sign of damage, contact a jeweler for repair. Follow a few of these tips to make your ring last a lifetime, reminding you of your mutual love and strong marriage.