Of course one of my favorite things is looking at wedding rings! But, I was wondering how to keep it looking beautiful?
Getting ready for your big day? Don’t forget to make sure you keep your Engagement Ring sparkling for your big event.
Handling ~ You should always pick up your engagement ring by their band, not by the diamond. Not only will this prevent natural oils from your hands building up around the stone’s setting but will help keep the diamond’s setting secure for longer over time.
Storage ~ Diamonds are a notoriously hard material and can therefore scratch other jewellery and gemstones. Always store diamond engagement rings away from other jewellery, a soft fabric or leather pouch or the original jewellery box will protect your ring and other jewellery items against accidental damage.
Protection ~ In the course of the average day there are likely many opportunities for getting your engagement ring dirty. Substances likely to accumulate on and around your diamond engagement ring setting include cosmetics and creams, soap residue, shampoo, sunscreen, hairspray and other small-particle debris. Get into the habit of removing your ring before you shower, apply make-up or hand cream or prepare food to ensure that your engagement ring stays looking cleaner for longer.
Chemicals ~ Many women wear their diamond engagement rings throughout everyday life without much consideration, noticing any damage often after it is already done. Beat this by avoiding the use of common household chemicals whilst wearing your diamonds. Chemicals, such as cleaning products hairspray and furniture polish, have the potential to cause lasting damage to your engagement ring. Bleach has the potential to damage the setting of your ring, so take special care to remove your jewellery when using household bleach or strong chemicals such as hair dye as this could lead to your jewellery needing early repair where it may have been avoidable. We recommend that you not only remove diamond engagement rings before you use chemicals, but also to wear protective gloves and wash your hands thoroughly before replacing your ring on your finger.
Chipping ~ Although diamonds are one of the hardest substances known to man, it is not unknown for them to become damaged with aggressive and careless wear. As a natural product, all diamonds will have some miniscule flaws in their structure and it is possible to chip and scratch them, particularly when this is done by another diamond. To prevent his type of damage, it is vital that you take great care when lifting heavy items or manual work, because you may scratch other items, chip your diamond ring or loosen your engagement ring’s setting which could lead to a missing stone.
Soaking ~ To give your diamond ring a quick clean, the best thing to do is to soak the ring in a bowl that contains four parts warm water and one part household ammonia for no more than ten minutes. Brush the ring very gently with a very soft small brush (e.g. a child’s or soft toothbrush) dip it back into the solution, rinse in cool or lukewarm water and leave it to drain on a lint-free cloth or towel. Paper tissues can leave fibres and dust on the ring and are therefore less suitable for rubbing your ring dry than jewellery cloths or other lint-free fabrics. Alternatively, you could use a hair dryer from an appropriate distance on the lowest setting to gently air dry your engagement ring, avoiding water spots.
Detergent ~ Alternatively you could use a mild liquid detergent to make a bowl of warm, soapy water and leave your ring to soak for around thirty minutes.
Expert check-up ~ Diamond settings may loosen over time. It is important to get your diamond engagement ring checked for any wear and tear, warped prongs and other problems that could make the setting of your diamond less secure. A specialist diamond jeweler will give your diamond ring an expert clean at the same time and return it to you looking like new.
This advice on how to care for your diamond ring is given by Vashi Dominguez, Diamond Expert and Founder of Vashi.com.
Oh, by the way I really liked it when I read about Mr. Dominguez that he states author and educator Stephen Covey as his inspiration and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as the book to change his life. That is the book I’m reading right now, so that’s pretty awesome!