Newly Engaged? Here’s All You Need To Know To Keep That Ring Sparkling Forever.
|Demetrios Emerald-Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring by Rogers & Hollands|
To ensure that you and your diamond ring never part company, follow these expert tips.
A CARE PACKAGE
• Have your jeweler inspect the setting after about six months of wear; the prongs can sometimes loosen as the ring conforms to the unique shape of your finger. After this, get your setting checked at least once a year.
• Store in a safe place, like a ring holder or jewel box.
• Never wear your engagement ring while swimming. Water is slippery, and cold water is especially tricky. Often it can cause the width of your finger to contract making slippage even more likely.
• While traveling, keep your engagement ring locked in your hotel’s in-room safe.
• Be sure to get your ring insured. Most policies offer to replace your engagement ring while others offer cash.
Lotions, soaps, dirt and natural oils your fingers encounter over time will eventually dull your diamond’s sparkle. Therefore, you need to clean it frequently. Here are some options:
• The Pro: Bring your ring to your jeweler, who will probably steam-clean it—a powerful blast of hot steam expels buildup and scours the stone’s surface.
• At Home: Your jeweler can recommend a brand. Most call for soaking your ring in a specially formulated solution that includes ammonia and water.
• DIY: Soak your ring in an ammonia and cold water solution for about 30 minutes; rinse and carefully dry. Pressed for time? Spray some ammonia-based window cleaner onto your ring, and then wipe it clean with a soft cloth.
By Patricia Canole