How to Look After a Diamond Ring
A diamond ring is an investment. And when you’re wearing a diamond ring as a sign of an engagement or a marriage, your precious purchase will have even greater sentimental value.
Proper diamond care is therefore absolutely essential. To help you keep your diamond shining as bright as can be, we’ve compiled a handy guide to help you care for your precious stone.
Trust to the professionals
Since you’ll probably be wearing your diamond ring on a daily basis, it’s essential that you maintain your ring. It’s a good idea to have your ring cleaned professionally each year.
The jeweller will also be able to check the ring to make sure there aren’t any weak points in the setting. This will help you to avoid the stress of a broken prong and the potential loss of a diamond.
Avoid unnecessary resizing
During certain times in your life, you may find that your ring fits a little too snugly, or too loosely. A classic example is during pregnancy, when women may find their fingers swell.
While you might be tempted to have your ring resized, you should probably think twice. Experts do not recommend having rings resized often as it can weaken the band.
Store your ring appropriately
While many of us might never remove our wedding or engagement rings, when you do, make sure you store them somewhere safe. A felt or fabric-lined jewellery box will help you to keep your ring safe. This is especially important if you’ve opted for a precious metal that tarnishes easily. If you’re travelling with a diamond ring, make sure it is kept safe and sound.
And it’s definitely a good idea to remove your ring on occasion. If you’re an avid swimmer or gardener, you should probably keep your ring safe during these activities, lest you lose or damage your ring. But once, again, make sure you have a safe and secure place to store it.
Keep it clean
Diamonds are renowned for their shine and sparkle. But like most things, they collect grime. Fortunately, you can help to keep your ring spick and span from the comfort of your own home. You should clean your diamond ring roughly four times each year. Make sure you don’t use any harsh chemical detergents, which can damage both the diamond and precious metal.
The following steps will work for most rings (but you should always check the specific care instructions for your ring).
Soak the ring in a warm bowl of water with a dash of dishwashing liquid, and let it soak for ten minutes. Use an instrument (like a toothbrush) to gently work the soap around the stone. Give the underside extra attention. Rinse, and dry the ring. You can use a lint-free cloth or a hairdryer on a low heat setting to do so.
So now that you’ve learned about proper diamond care, we’re sure you’re ready to give that precious family heirloom a gentle, but thorough scrubbing. Remember though, different precious metals require specific care, so make sure to check with a professional first.