Getting engaged is an exciting time for couples of all ages. While this rite of passage includes an emotional declaration of love and promise to marry, it also may include the gift of a diamond engagement ring. Although a common token of engagements, the diamond ring can be a costly gift that deserves proper care and cleaning. Considering the average cost of diamond engagement rings was $4,000 in 2012 alone, placing effort into caring for your ring is smart. If you have recently become engaged, consider using this guide to clean and care for your new diamond ring.
Flashing your new diamond ring is exciting, so you may never want to take it off your hand. Unfortunately, this can lead to its possible damage or loss, so removing your ring periodically will be necessary. Be sure to take your ring off and place in a safe location before doing the following:
- Washing your Hands
- Washing Dishes
- Cleaning your House or Vehicle
Place your ring in a jewelry box or lined drawer while completing these tasks.
Many jewelers offer an option to insure your ring through them, but be sure your coverage includes accidental lost, theft, and damage to the ring, setting, and diamond.
To finalize your policy, you will need to visit a jewelry appraiser to determine the ring's value. Policy costs range from $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. Although this may seem like an unnecessary expense, it is a smart investment in case you lose or damage your engagement ring.
It is important to note that many jewelers require their professional cleaning services to uphold the warranty of your ring. Due to this, you should visit your jeweler periodically for a professional inspection and cleaning.
In between these visits, you may notice light debris, grease, and dirt building up on your ring, decreasing the shine of your metal and diamonds. Cleaning at home is possible, but many jewelry-cleaning solutions contain harsh ingredients that will damage your precious diamonds or antique setting.
Avoid using any cleaning solution that contains bleach, acetone, or chlorine, since these chemicals break down the metals in your ring setting. Also, do not use any abrasive ingredients, which will scratch the metal setting and diamond, such as baking soda or toothpaste.
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are popular options, since they are readily available inside most shopping malls, but they are not safe for continuous use if you have a pave' diamond setting. The vibrations of the ultrasonic machine may weaken the prongs of your ring setting, increasing your risk of losing one or more diamonds. Your jeweler may use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean your diamond ring, but you will most likely lack the experience necessary to use the machine safely at home.
If you notice light debris or residue on your ring, fill a cup with the following:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Mix the soap into the water before placing your ring directly in the cup. Allow it to soak for about 20 to 40 minutes. After the time, remove and use a cotton swab or soft-bristled brush to scrub the solution onto hard to reach areas of the setting. After washing, allow the ring to dry on a flat surface.
Although a great deal of proper care is necessary, your diamond engagement ring should be an enjoyable piece of jewelry. Fortunately, proper care and cleaning will ensure your ring is a worthwhile investment. Using these simple tips and the help of your professional jeweler, you can store, clean, and insure this important piece of jewelry.Share