Diamonds are known for being tough and indestructible – after all, they are the hardest substance on Earth. But with enough neglect, even diamonds can become dull and lose its sparkling appeal.
Caring for your diamond engagement or wedding rings is a unique experience that differs from your everyday classic jewellery. This ring carries a special significance – not only for its monetary value, but also for its sentimental reason.
So how can you keep your diamond looking its very best? Read our tips and tricks to care for your diamond, whether new or old, so you can maintain its quality and sparkle.
Handle your ring with care
Diamonds can be hard to keep clean for long, especially when they are magnets for dust, dirt and grime. The natural oils from your finger can adhere to the diamond’s surface, so avoid touching the center stone when handling your ring. Hold it by the band so you can prevent dirt from getting trapped under the setting.
If you’re taking the ring off, keep ring dishes around your house so there is a designated place for it. Because fundamentally: one of the ways to taking care of your ring is making sure not to lose it!
Rely on good ol’ soap and water
Cleaning your ring regularly is key to restoring the diamond’s brilliance and fire, and the safest way to do that at home is by lightly scrubbing it with soap and warm water. Make a simple solution of mild dishwashing soap and warm water, and soak your ring in it for about 15 to 20 minutes.
It’s best to avoid products with moisturising properties which can leave a film on your ring. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean around and under the setting, and areas where they tend to collect the most oil and dirt. Once done, carefully rinse it and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Stay clear of common household chemicals such as chlorine, bleach, ammonia or acetone that can dull your diamonds over time.
Diamond cleaning is recommended on a regular basis to maintain its original sparkle and shine. Be sure to also take your ring for a professional cleaning by jewellers every 6 months or so to check for any damage or loose prongs and provide a more thorough cleaning.
When to take the ring off
Whether you’re newly engaged, or you’ve been married for a while, chances are you probably want to flaunt your diamond ring whenever possible.
But to keep your bling looking its best, there are certain occasions when you should take them off:
– Working out
– Doing housework like washing dishes or using cleaning products
– Showering or taking a bath
– Cooking or baking
– Applying beauty products
Substances like lotions and household cleaners can potentially do serious damage to the stone and setting, and diminish the brilliance of your diamond. For certain activities like cooking and swimming, you may risk the ring slipping off and be lost forever.
Ultimately, it also depends on your everyday routine. If you are required to do a lot of hands-on work, try setting your ring aside in a safe place in the meantime so you won’t easily cause wear and tear with the build-up of dirt and grime.
Getting the right fit
Ensuring the best ring fit is always a challenge – you wouldn’t want to wear the wrong size for years! A well-sized ring should slide over the knuckle with some resistance, and provide a snug fit on the base of your finger.
It should not feel too loose or too tight, and moving your finger shouldn’t make you feel uncomfortable. When you remove it, you should feel the same resistance at the knuckle when you put it on.
The fit can change depending on temperature changes and other normal bodily fluctuations like weight and pregnancy. It is normal to get your ring resized initially after the engagement. But over time, if the change in fit is temporary, it is recommended to store the ring away safely until you resume your regular routine again. It is also best to try your ring size at the end of the day when your finger is most likely to be at its largest size.
Insure it for a peace of mind
The one step you shouldn’t overlook when it comes to caring for your diamond ring is getting it insured. Accidents do happen, and getting a ring insurance will give you a peace of mind during your daily routine or if something ever does happen to it.
Insurance will protect you against damage, theft or loss, so you can be assured that you will receive financial coverage over a replacement, repair, or cost reimbursement. It won’t only soften the blow on your wallet, but you also can avoid feeling devasted about the sentimental loss.
Through thick and thin, your ring is a symbol of your relationship and lives together. Now that you know the proper way to care for your diamond ring, with a lot of love and a lot of care, your ring can stay dazzling and last a lifetime.
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Despite so, our 1 carat diamond price is significantly lower – for quality diamonds that won’t break the bank. You can also find other affordable jewellery options such as charm bracelets, pendant necklaces and bridal jewellery for all your occasions. Consult with our jewellery consultants for your shopping needs and visit our showrooms today!