How to care for your engagement ring

Besides the person that gave it to you, your engagement ring is your most prized possession.  Not only is it expensive, it is also a symbol of his undying love for you.  You also like the way it shines in the light and the envious way the single girls in your office look at you.  In order to keep rocking that beautiful bling, there are a number of steps that you need to take.

  • Get insurance. First and foremost, you need to insure your custom engagement ring.  You can add a jewelry rider to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, or take out a separate policy with a specialty insurer.  However and where ever you do, be sure to read the fine print so that you know what you are covered for.  You should be covered for loss, theft, and damage.  It is not difficult to obtain, you need to give the insurance company a description that includes the cut of your stone, its carat weight, and the metal that the setting is made with.  You should also include an appraisal done by a certified independent jeweler. Another good idea is to give your insurance agent a close-up photo of your ring.  You can also have a laser inscription placed on the ring as an extra precaution.
  • Keep it clean. Everyday wear can lead to the ring looking cloudy due to a build-up of lotions, skin oil, and everyday dirt.  There are two ways to clean it.  The first is by scrubbing with a soft toothbrush after soaking the ring in warm water and mild dishwashing liquid.  You can also soak your diamond ring in equal parts ammonia and cold water for half an hour and let it air dry.  There are jewelry cleaners available in stores and many jewelers will clean your ring for free.
  • Keep it safe. Store it properly when you are not wearing it.  This includes when you are at the gym, pool, beach, and while cleaning or cooking.  You should also keep it in the box when you are gardening, showering, sleeping, and while getting ready to go out.  You do not want to lose it or have it exposed to harsh chemicals.  You also do not want to have anything get into the tiny crevices.  In addition, you should never take your ring off in public.  You risk leaving it behind.  You can wash your hands with it on while you are out and about.
  • Take it to the jeweler. Even if you do not think there is anything wrong with your GIA certified diamond, you should have it looked at at least twice a year.  This will ensure that the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose and there are no hairline cracks in the shank.

 

While a diamond is the hardest substance, your ring is not indestructible.  You need to treat it with care so that it sparkles like it is brand new every day.