You service your car to keep it running reliably, you go to the doctors for regular health checks and you routinely check your fire alarm. What about your engagement ring? Will it stay lustrous and strong without some attention?
Considering the sentimental (and financial) value of your ring, you’ll want to ensure that it lasts a lifetime, if not several. Who knows? Maybe your engagement ring will become a cherished family heirloom in time. If you keep it healthy, it will last for many generations.
But what does it take to keep a ring robust, resilient and damage-free? In this article, we’ll look at several things you can do to maintain your engagement ring. Treat it well, and it will continue to symbolise your love and commitment.
Dirt, dust, soap scum and lotion not only prevent your ring from sparkling, but they can cause long-term damage. Clean your ring regularly at home, and when you take your ring to the jeweller for prong checks and maintenance, ask for a professional cleaning.
Use this method for safe cleaning at home:
People think that since engagement rings are made of metal, they will never change. But this isn’t true. Like other products made of natural materials, like a table made of wood or a shoe made of leather, a metal engagement ring will last longer and stay in better shape when it’s properly maintained.
No matter where you bought it or how long you’ve had it, if your engagement ring has a prong setting, you should have those prongs checked regularly. It doesn’t take much to bend a single prong out of shape. Once a prong is loose, the gemstone can slip out of its setting without your even noticing.
Most jewellery isn’t damaged in one big accident. It’s all of the little nicks and dings that add up over time, loosening the prongs and creating too much movement. If you’ve noticed any of the following, you should take your ring to the jeweller right away:
Some precious metals are more prone to scratches than others. White gold, for instance, is often rhodium-plated, and a deep scratch will reveal the yellow gold underneath.
While jewellers can refinish the surface of a scratched ring, you should only undertake the process occasionally. Each time the ring is buffed, the jeweller removes a small amount of metal from the ring. The best measure, therefore, is prevention.
To avoid scratches and dings, remove your ring before engaging in these activities:
You can also prevent damage by removing your ring when you go swimming. In cold water, our fingers often shrink, and it’s easy for your rings to slip off. Even if you don’t lose your ring, it could get knocked up against rocks or other hard surfaces.
Despite our best efforts, accidents sometimes happen. You can protect your treasured engagement ring with Q Report jewellery insurance. Lost diamond? You’re covered. Theft overseas? You’re covered. Your ring falls onto the driveway where it is subsequently run over by the car? Yes, it happened. And it was covered.
Don’t leave your engagement ring’s health to fate. Take care of it now so it will last for many generations. Keep it clean, maintain it regularly, and prevent damage by removing it when working with tools and weights. And finally, get a quote today for Q Report engagement ring insurance.
We look forward to protecting your precious ring.