A big concern for all of us when it comes to buying anything is quality. So when it comes to your engagement or wedding ring, we understand your concerns about wanting something that will last forever (you will be wearing your ring every day after all!). While the quality of stones and materials used in your engagement ring are a huge part of making your ring last for generations, most people don’t know that regular care and cleaning makes up the other half. Here are some tips to maintain your ring looking brand new, so that one day your granddaughter will see your ring and swoon.
Can you break your diamond ring?
Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth. More information on diamonds.
To do any damage to a diamond, it would take a major blow or hard impact. Diamonds are most susceptible to this kind of damage along edges where the cut of the stone comes to a point. Meaning certain engagement ring cuts like marquise or pear may be more susceptible to chipping when suffering hard impact. However, as long as you care for your diamond properly, there is minimal chance it will suffer any damage at all.
How Can I Protect My Diamond Ring?
The Jordan diamond engagement ring has an emerald cut diamond in an east-west setting.
Should I get my Engagement Ring Inspected?
The Jessica was recently inspected at our studio.
Should I Get My Engagement Ring Professionally Cleaned?
Keep you stones as brilliant as The Alexandrea.
Hydrogen Peroxide and White Vinegar
This cleaning method is one we recommend that you please consult Abby Sparks Jewelry or a certified jewelry professional before using, because it may damage softer gemstones and metals. Use ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix it with ½ cup of white vinegar. Let your rings soak in the mixture for about 30 minutes. Don’t worry if you see bubbles – they are from the peroxide and vinegar killing all of the germs on your ring (totally gross right?).
Boil Rings in Water
This cleaning solution should only be used on platinum and diamond rings, but again please call us, Abby Sparks Jewelry, or a certified jewelry professional before trying this method. Grab a pencil, chopsticks, a ruler, or any other object that you can lay across a pot filled with water to suspend your rings. Tie your ring to the pencil with a string, ribbon, or hair tie, so that they are submerged in the water, but not touching the bottom or sides of the pot. You do not want your rings bouncing around during the boiling because they could be scratched or damaged. Boil your rings for about 20 minutes. The hot water will kill any bacteria living on your ring. Before you put your rings back on, make sure your rash has healed. Even if they are clean, if you put your rings back on before your rash has healed, it will continue. Use some cortisone cream to heal the affected area quickly, so you can get back to flaunting your bling as soon as possible.
How Should I Store my Engagement Ring?
The Amelia custom bridal set in an Abby Sparks Jewelry Box.
When Should I Take my Engagement Ring Off?
The Carrie looks stunning when worn, but if worn in the wrong circumstances it will lose its luster.
- Showering or Bathing: Water and hot temperatures can be risky for certain metals and gemstones.
- Any form of exercise: An object in motion stays in motion…and has a higher chance of running in to hard surfaces.
- Sleeping: Putting pressure on your ring can damage the setting or stones.
- Cooking or baking: Again, lots of hard surfaces involved here.
- Cleaning: Using harsh chemicals can damage your ring.
- Swimming: In the ocean or the pool. Chemicals in pools can damage your stones, and you have a higher chance of losing your ring in water.
- Putting on Sunscreen or Lotions: Not only can they make your stones look cloudy, but some lotions have chemicals that are damaging.
- Certain Jobs: If you use your hands a lot, best leave your ring at home.
- Crafting: Painting or ceramics can get messy for your hands.
While this is a lot of information to go through at first, proper care is essential to caring for your engagement ring. After all, your ring was major investment, right? We know that you want it to last. Caring for your ring doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. In fact, it’s as simple as bringing your ring to us once a year for a VIP treatment, or coming to get clean at a Dirty Party. Inspections and cleanings will keep your ring looking as if your partner just popped the question yesterday. So you can continue to continue to flaunt your ring candy for years to come. Book an appointment to talk with us about ring care.