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How to care for your engagement ring

Your diamond engagement ring is a symbol of love, treasured for life, precious and enduring as well as beautiful and valuable.

The care and cleaning of your diamond engagement ring is important; engagement rings are valuable in sentiment and investment as well as beautiful jewellery items. 

How do you take care of diamond engagement rings responsibly?  Here are some tips:

Handling

You should always pick up your diamond engagement ring (or any gemstone ring) by its band, not by the stone or setting.  Not only will this prevent natural oils from your hands building up around the stone’s setting, but it will help to keep the diamond secure in its setting over time.

Metal

Platinum and White Gold engagement rings  won’t tarnish, but may be scratched over time, creating a patina of age and wear.  Some people like the sheen of age created by these minute scratches, but a quick polish can repair a ring back to its original appearance if desired.  Gold is softer than Platinum and therefore easier to repair, polishing of rings is generally an inexpensive and minor jewellery service.  Scratches can be removed by a specialist jeweller without problems.

Storage

Diamonds are famously hard, so whilst they are hardy in ordinary wear, they can scratch other jewellery.  Storing diamond engagement rings away from other jewellery, for example in a soft fabric pouch or jewellery box, can protect your ring and other jewellery items.

Protection

Over the course of the day there are many opportunities for getting your engagement ring dirty.  Substances likely to accumulate on and around your diamond engagement ring setting include shampoo, sunscreen, make-up, flour, dust, soap residue and hairspray.  Taking off your ring before you work with greasy or dirty substances or embark on cleaning or lifting and carrying will ensure that your engagement ring stays looking clean for longer.

Chemicals

Many women wear diamond engagement rings throughout everyday life without giving their jewellery much consideration.  Common chemicals used around the house, such as hairspray and furniture polish, have the potential to cause lasting damage to your engagement ring.  Chlorine is a definite no-no and you should not only remove diamond engagement rings before you use bleach, or hairdye but ensure you wear protective gloves and wash your hands thoroughly before you put your ring back on your finger to protect your hands and jewellery to keep them looking spick and span.

Chipping

Although diamonds consist of one of the hardest substances known to man, they are also a naturally occuring material, formed in crystals, so it is a myth that they are immune to chipping and scratching.  It is vital that you take great care when doing heavy lifting or manual work, because you may scratch other items, chip your diamond ring or loosen your engagement ring’s setting.

Soaking

If you simply want to give your diamond ring a quick home spruce, 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 brush, dip it back into the solution, rinse and leave it to drain on some tissue paper.  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 on a low setting from an appropriate distance to air dry your engagement ring and avoid water spots.

Detergent

Alternatively you could use a mild liquid household detergent to make a bowl of warm, soapy water and leave your ring to soak for around thirty minutes.

Vodka

Not only great in Cosmopolitans, leaving your diamond engagement ring to soak in half an inch of vodka will dissolve any stubborn residue, give it back its sparkle and leave a brilliant sheen.  Simply rinse it under a warm tap and rub it dry with a lint-free cloth or air dry as directed above. 

Expert check-up

Even the most secure diamond settings may loosen over time, particularly if extensively worn.  It is important to have your diamond engagement ring checked for any manufacturing defects, warped prongs and other problems that could make the setting of your diamond less secure.  A specialist diamond jeweller will give your diamond ring an expert check and clean at the same time and return it to you looking like new.

If you follow these tips your diamond engagement ring should look wonderful for many, many years. Remember, when in doubt ask an expert.  The Vashi.com Diamond Experts will be happy to advise you on the best way to look after your jewellery.

At Vashi.com we offer a complimentary cleaning and expert check-up service for life. Our engagement rings and diamond experts will be delighted to assist you and are available for live chat (online, on the phone or in person) 7 days a week. You can also email us on service@vashi.com