Tips To Look After Your Engagement Ring
An engagement ring is probably going to be one of the most valuable investments you make, apart from buying a house and car. The need to take proper care of an engagement ring needs to be taken even more seriously if the ring is sporting a diamond. Regardless of the size of the diamond that adorns a ring, you will need to take extra care of your engagement ring if you want it to maintain its sparkle and appearance.
Thanks to the De Beers’ genius marketing campaign, “A Diamond is Forever” nowadays, almost every engagement ring is adorned with a sparkling diamond of all sizes. Since purchasing the engagement ring is going to be a significant investment, it is up to you to make sure that your most prized possession is well maintained.
Sadly, there are many folks who do not have any idea that a diamond engagement ring isn’t going to clean and maintain itself. As a result, an engagement ring that’s not properly taken care of and maintained eventually loses its luster and beauty. To make sure that’s not the fate of your engagement ring, we’ve come up with the following tips to prolong the life and the beauty of your engagement ring.
Why Take Care of Diamonds?
When most people think of diamonds, they think of one of the most durable substances on the planet, coming in second only to wurtzite boron nitride, which interestingly has a similar structure but differs in terms of its atomic structure. That said, it’s important to note that while a diamond may be really durable, it is not invincible. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for a diamond to chip or bruise if not taken care of properly.
Clean the Ring Often
Many folks don’t pay much attention when it comes to cleaning their ring. This can lead to the ring giving off a dull appearance. One of the most common occurrences when it comes to an engagement ring is the buildup of dirt and grime over time. This also happens to a diamond ring which interferes with the stone’s ability to reflect the light.
The good news is that cleaning your diamond engagement ring is not at all as difficult as people make it out to be. For instance, all you have to do to make sure that your diamond engagement ring maintains its appearance is mix a few drops of soap with some warm water and dip your ring in it for a few minutes. While doing that, make sure that the water isn’t too warm. You can also replace the soap with washing detergent which will give you the same results. Doing this with your engagement ring every few months will significantly increase its lifespan and will do wonders for its appearance.
To Wear or Not to Wear
One of the ways in which you can prolong the lifespan of your engagement ring is by knowing when to wear the ring and when it’s a good idea to take it off for safekeeping. Surprisingly, many people do not have a clue on this, and they end up damaging their engagement ring. Keeping that in mind, the following are some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to wearing an engagement ring.
Whether you plan on going to the gym or doing some exercises at home, it is best if you would take off your engagement ring first. The same goes for Pilates, yoga, jogging or hiking. The reason for this is because any exertion that leads to sweating is going to be bad for your ring since it will allow dirt and grime to collect on its surface.
Taking a Shower
While taking a shower or having a bath might seem like a harmless act, the hot temperature can negatively impact the appearance of the ring. Also, there is a chance of damaging the stone if you accidentally knock or hit any of the metal fixtures in the bathroom. Since it’s too risky to take your engagement ring even to the bathroom, it is best if you took it off whenever you went in for a shower.
This might seem like too much, besides what can happen to your diamond engagement ring while you’re sleeping, right? The truth is, you need to avoid exposing your ring to any situations where there is a chance of pressure being applied to it. Since we’re not aware of what we do while we are asleep, its best to take off the ring beforehand.
Lotions and Oils
Many women tend to keep their engagement ring on while applying topical lotions and oils, applying makeup or perfumes or using haircare products and SPF. All of these products contain chemicals in them which can make the ring and the diamond grow dull over time.
Washing Dishes and Doing the laundry
Doing the dishes or the laundry while wearing your engagement ring is also another bad idea, that many people end up doing unknowingly. Needless to say, both washing detergent and dishwashing powder contain chemicals that can seriously affect the glitter of your wedding ring. The presence of these chemicals can easily lead to long-term damage of your ring, which is why you should take the ring off before using the washing machine or dishwasher.
Cooking and Baking
Do you really want to have dough from the cake you baked this morning stuck on your engagement ring? Or what about getting some ingredient from the kitchen stuck on your ring? Before you end up damaging your ring by exposing it to the heat of the kitchen stove, it’s best you took it off for safekeeping.
What’s the worst that can happen to your ring while you’re having a swim? According to the experts, even seemingly harmless activities such as swimming and spending time in the sauna can also damage the ring because of the high temperature of the water that the ring is going to be exposed to. The same can be said for going to the beach with your engagement ring on. While you will not have to worry about the ring being exposed to extreme temperatures while enjoying a day at the beach, the cold, salt water at the beach often leads to shrinkage, which lessens the roominess of your ring around your finger. So, keeping that in mind, going to the beach with your engagement ring should also be avoided.
Many people aren’t aware that wearing a ring at high elevation can cause your fingers to swell, which can lead to nerve damage if not attended to in time. If you really want to take your engagement ring along with you then its best to keep in in your pocket, purse or wear it on a necklace.