How to Take Care of Your Engagement Ring
Engagement ring care is so important. Whether your engagement ring was bought at a discounted rate or cost a fortune, it is a symbol of enduring love, a love that you can cherish wearing forever. It is important that you make sure your ring never loses its shine. Here are some tips on how to take proper care of your engagement ring so that it will last you a lifetime.
Engagement Ring Care
Insuring your engagement ring is the first thing that you should do after purchasing it. Have your ring appraised and insured to make sure you are covered in the instance that it gets damaged or stolen.
Also, make sure you get your ring appraised at least every five years. Since the cost of metals and diamonds go up, this will help you get the actual replacement cost in the event that you need it.
Never remove your ring in public
When washing your hands in public, resist the urge to remove your ring. This helps you avoid the possibility of leaving your engagement ring on the sink or dropping it down the drain.
Take your ring off when necessary
When doing tasks that can possibly put stress on your ring, make sure to take it off first and store it in a safe place. Do this before washing the dishes, doing the laundry, and other household tasks. Working out at the gym and lifting heavy luggage may break or bend prongs that can loosen stones on your engagement ring.
Know what you can clean your ring with
Soak your ring in four parts water and one part household ammonia for ten minutes to give your diamond back its shine. You can also use a mild liquid detergent and soak for thirty minutes. Another way to remove any residue from your ring is to soak it in half an inch of vodka and then rinse it with warm water.
Avoid having your ring resized as much as possible. The less tinkering is done to your ring, the better. During pregnancy, a woman’s hands may swell and might prevent you from wearing your ring. Wait for at least six months postpartum before having your ring resized. There is a good chance that it will fit again, no resizing needed.
Schedule a regular maintenance with your jeweler
A yearly maintenance with your trusted jewelry store is very important to make sure your ring is always in top shape. Your jeweler will make sure that the diamond isn’t loose, the prongs are tight and that there are no hairline cracks on the band. Even if you bought your ring at a discounted jewelry rate, it is important to have it maintained so that it does not lose its value.
Don’t expose your ring to harsh chemicals
Some household tasks have the tendency to expose your ring to harsh chemicals. These chemicals have the tendency to dull the finish of your ring as well as erode the setting. Make sure to remove your ring before washing the dishes, doing the laundry and cleaning the bathroom.
Store in a safe place
When you’re not wearing your engagement ring, make sure that it is stored properly. A fabric-lined jewelry case is the best place to store your ring. Make sure that it is not stored among other pieces of jewelry to prevent them from scratching against each other.
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