An engagement ring is not just an accessory; it holds sentimental value and can be passed down for generations. Knowing how to safeguard and maintain your precious stones is crucial in preserving their beauty and radiance. As this accessory is likely to be the most costly piece of jewelry you’ll own, it's understandable that just-engaged customers may feel overwhelmed about how to integrate it into their daily routine. So if you’re lost about engagement ring care, here we have compiled some valuable suggestions from experts in the field to help you.
Clean Them Frequently
Daily buildups of dirt and grease can impede the light interactions in your gemstones, leading to a loss of their sparkle. It's a waste to have a beautifully crafted diamond that appears dull due to being too dirty! Therefore, it's crucial to clean your engagement ring at least once every couple of weeks. Additionally, while cleaning, be sure to cover the drain to prevent accidentally dropping it. Here’s how to clean various types of precious stones:
Using a gentle dishwashing soap mixed with warm water can effectively eliminate the accumulated grime. Dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the soapy solution — do not soak the ruby. Then use the toothbrush to gently eliminate any dirt. Afterward, rinse the ring in cool water and dry it off with a soft cloth that does not leave lint.
Sapphires are the same kind of gemstone as rubies, except that they come in a different color, so the same cleaning advice above applies.
The same method of warm water plus mild dish soap is recommended for emeralds, just as with rubies and sapphires. Many emeralds are also treated with warm oil on a regular basis.
These precious organic jewels need special care to keep them looking their best. First wipe the pearls clean with a soft, damp fabric. If you need to remove any stains, use a cloth dipped in a mild soapy solution. However, never soak pearls in liquid! Carefully dry them by gently blowing out any moisture trapped in their drill holes, as this can often lead to discoloration.
Arrange for Professional Jeweler Appointments
Regular maintenance of your precious stones and engagement ring is essential to ensure its longevity and prevent any damage. We recommend scheduling appointments with your jeweler at least once every year. During these appointments, your jeweler will check the prongs to ensure they are tight, inspect the diamond to ensure it’s not loose, and check for any hairline fractures in the stem. Comprehensive maintenance is crucial to keep your engagement ring in top condition for years to come.
Keep Them Away from Harsh Chemicals
It’s always best to take off your jewelry before handling or cleaning it with harsh chemicals. Exposure to bleach and other cleaning agents can cause damage to the surface finish of a precious stone and really damage permeable gemstones such as emeralds.
Avoid Unnecessary Wear and Tear
While diamonds are known for their exceptional hardness, they can still chip if subjected to enough force or pressure. The top facet and prong mountings of a cut diamond can be particularly vulnerable to wear and tear. Therefore, it's crucial to avoid knocking your diamond against other tough materials that could cause damage.