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The Dos and Don’ts of Caring for a Diamond Engagement Ring

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When you receive a diamond engagement ring from the love of your life, it can be a strange feeling. All of a sudden, you’ve got an item that means the world to you – and you’ll do everything in your power to look after it. 

If you need a helping hand for the care of your ring – or any jewellery – then read on. Here are some common ‘dos and don’ts’ of caring for your newest prized possession. 

Do: Insure It

No one ever sets out to lose or damage their engagement ring, but accidents happen. Therefore, it can be worth insuring your jewellery to make sure you can replace or have it repaired if you need to. 

Once you insure it, revisit that insurance policy every five years for an appraisal. Remember, diamonds and precious metals can change in value. This means you may not be able to replace like with like years later if you haven’t adjusted your policy to suit its current value. 

Do: Clean Your Ring

The best way to keep your engagement ring in tip-top shape is by cleaning it. Warm water and a soft-bristled toothbrush with dishwashing liquid is an easy and effective way for cleaning your ring on a weekly basis but refrain from using harsh cleaning chemicals. If you’re not sure how to clean your specific piece of jewellery properly, then consult an experienced jeweller who can assist. 

Do: Remove Your Ring for Activities

Whether you’re cleaning the house, turning over the garden, or doing a particularly “hands-on” task, it’s a good idea to remove your ring. Use good judgement to know when to remove it, and store it somewhere safe each time you take it off. 

The more care you take with your engagement ring, the lower the risk of damage through undue wear and tear. 

Do: Have an Expert Maintain it

Above and beyond cleaning, it’s in your best interest to maintain your ring often. Consult a local jeweller for the maintenance of your ring to make sure it’s in good condition. They can look out for loose stones, cracks, and ill-fitting prongs. Carrying out preventative measures can reduce the risk of your ring breaking and requiring fixing. 

Don’t: Remove it in Public

When you misplace your diamond engagement ring at home, you at least know it’s at home. You’ve removed it to do something, and now you just have to find out where you put it. Removing your ring in public is a risky business. It’s all too easy to get distracted, forget you put it somewhere, then lose it – never to see it again.

Leave your ring on when using public bathrooms. If you know you will be doing something hands-on when away from home, then leave it somewhere safe in the house. 

Don’t: Use Harsh Chemicals to Clean it

It can be tempting to use harsh chemicals to clean anything because it just seems to do a far better job than anything mild. That’s not true in the case of most jewellery and engagement rings, though. Bleach and general cleaning agents can harm porous gemstones and dull the finish of a ring. If your ring is in desperate need of cleaning, use our at home method of warm water and dishwashing liquid, or leave it in the hands of the professionals. 

Don’t: Play with Your Ring

As you go about your daily business, it’s easy to start spinning your ring around your finger, take it off, and admire it. The more you play with your ring, the higher the risk of misplacing it. You may even damage prongs and loosen stones without realising it. Get into the habit of enjoying your ring with your eyes, not your hands. 

Do: Rely on Experts

When it comes to the custom-creation of diamond engagement rings, choosing diamonds and settings, and general ring information, always rely on experts. Here at diamonds.co.nz, we offer diamonds and engagement rings online at the best market prices and offer you expert advise via phone, email or during in-person consultations at any stage in the process.

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