"I just got engaged! I love my ring so much and I want to make sure it sparkles like this forever! Do you have any tips for caring for engagement rings?"
Congratulations! We’re so happy to hear from newly engaged couples. We definitely can help you keep your engagement ring shiny and bright with these tips from our jewelry experts:
1) Have that ring insured!
This should be one of the first things you do after the excitement of being engaged. No one ever wants to think about their precious ring being damaged, lost or stolen, but unfortunately, it can happen.
And while the emotional value of your ring is impossible to replace, ring insurance can cover the replacement cost. Ring insurance can be bought as an extension to your renter’s or homeowner’s policy. Or, for more coverage (replacing the actual lost or stolen ring), consider a company that specializes in jewelry insurance. Here are some additional ring insurance tips:
2) Have your ring professionally inspected and cleaned at least twice per year.
Jewelry experts can spot even the tiniest of problems before you notice them. Having your ring checked and cleaned by professionals will keep it in tip-top shape for years to come! Not only will your jewelry be better maintained, but if your jewelry is from Rogers & Hollands or Ashcroft & Oak, your lifetime guarantee will remain valid if you have your inspection every six months.
Your jeweler will likely use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean your ring. Ultrasonic cleaners send high frequency sound waves through a detergent solution that dissolves oil and removes dirt from the entire piece, including those hard to reach places.
If you bought your ring from us, ultrasonic cleanings and inspections are always free! Visit us anytime, or schedule an appointment here.
Your diamond sparkles the way it does because it is reflecting light. Even the smallest smudge will prevent light from shining through. You’ll want to clean your ring of oils, lotions and soap residue to keep it shining bright!
To clean your ring at home, experts recommend soaking it in a solution of warm (never hot!) water and a mild dishwashing liquid. After soaking, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush. For hard to reach places, try using a toothpick or un-waxed dental floss. After cleaning, rinse your ring in water and dry with a lint free cloth (careful not to catch the cloth on your ring’s prongs!). Never use chlorine or rubbing alcohol on jewelry. Chlorine will create pits in karat gold and rubbing alcohol will leave an unwanted oil residue.
4) Know when NOT to wear you ring:
We know…you love your engagement ring and all it symbolizes and wouldn’t even dream of taking it off. But sometimes you should! Avoid accidentally harming your ring by removing it before
5) Store Your Ring Safely:
When you do need to take off your ring, where you store it matters! Diamonds are the hardest material known to man, making them extremely scratch resistant. However, diamonds will scratch other diamonds, gems, and metals if allowed to rub together. Therefore, it is important to store diamonds separately, preferably in a cloth or velvet lined jewelry box with individual compartments.
Follow these steps, and your engagement ring will look brand new for a lifetime!
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