Store in a separate, fabric pouch or section of your jewelry box
One of the most common ways jewelry is damaged is being scratched by other jewelry.
Have a safe, memorable location available to place your jewelry
Even when you’re on-the-go, always know where you can safely store your ring if you need to remove it.
Watch for warning signs of vulnerabilities in your jewelry
Know how to spot a loose stone. There are six major signs that your jewelry’s about to break.
Place your ring in a designated spot while showering
All those soaps and shampoos will cause buildup on your ring. Plus, fishing a ring out of the drain is never fun!
Wipe down with a dry gem cloth
Need your very own gem cloth? Ask your jeweler or let us know!
How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring Weekly
A light cleaning using a safe, homemade jewelry cleaner
Sweat and body oil can dull the shine of your jewelry. The best DIY diamond ring cleaner calls for just warm soapy water and a fresh toothbrush. Watch the video to the right to learn how to clean diamond rings.
How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring Yearly
Professional Cleaning and Inspection
It's easy to lose a piece of jewelry or individual stones if you're not giving your jewelry regular check-ups. Your jeweler will deep clean your pieces for a brilliant shine, too! Two times per year is best.
Renew Your Jewelry Insurance
Make sure you fully understand your coverage. Not covered? Get a quote.
Get an Updated Appraisal
If your jewelry's value has decreased, you could be spending more than necessary to insure your piece. Or, the reverse could mean you're underinsured and may incur additional out-of-pocket expense to repair or replace jewelry that becomes damaged or lost. Getting a new jewelry appraisal every 2-3 years is suﬃcient.
Never Do This to Your Diamond Engagement Ring
Clean your jewelry with bleach, abrasives or toothpaste
Strong chemicals like bleach can discolor precious metals, and abrasives like toothpaste and baking soda can scratch softer stones and metals.
Pick your ring up by the stone
The less often you handle your ring, the better, especially the center stone.
Put your jewelry in a storage unit
Rent a safety deposit box at your bank if you're moving or need to store your jewelry away from your home for an extended period.
When to Take Your Engagement Ring Off
Although you may not want to, there are certain times when it is best to take your engagement ring off and store it in a safe place.
When washing hands, keep in mind that soaps or sanitizers may be harmful to certain stones and metals. In addition, cool water can cause your fingers to shrink, creating room for your ring to slip off. In general, rings and open drains are a risky combo which is why it’s best to remove the ring before washing.
The activities below can cause damage to the band or stone of your ring or unnecessarily subject your piece to loss or theft.
Dirt and small rocks are abrasive. If not cleaned right away, your jewelry can be permanently damaged. Beware the dangers of gardening gloves too.
Bleach and other heavy-duty cleaners can wear away at precious metals.
Any exercise that requires you to hold something, like dumbbells, a tennis racket or golf clubs, is a jewelry wearing no-no. Sweat in general can also be damaging to sterling silver.
Swimming or Hot Tubbing
Salt water and chlorine can damage your jewelry. Chlorine can discolor metals (like gold and platinum) and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones. It can even corrode your prongs enough for them to break off entirely. Plus, the cold water could make your fingers constrict, causing the ring to become loose and fall off.
Things get messy in the kitchen. Take off your ring to avoid coating it with sauce or nicking it with a knife.
Applying Lotions or Sprays
Lotion can get into the crevices of chains and prongs, and both lotions and sprays create a film on your jewelry, making it dull and dingy.
Set a Reminder
While all these tasks may seem daunting to remember, it’s really all about habits.
Make it a habit to always remove your ring when doing something potentially damaging. When in doubt, take it off - just be sure to designate safe storage spaces both home and on-the-go.
As for the maintenance tasks like cleaning, inspections and appraisals, try setting yourself recurring calendar reminders. If your jewelry is insured, your annual policy renewal is a great reminder to take that ring in for an inspection!
If your ring is not insured (gasp!), click the button below to get a quote in minutes and see how affordable peace of mind really is.
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