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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.

 

Keep Your Ring Clean

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:

 
  1. Soak your ring in methylated spirits for about 20 seconds
  2. Use a toothbrush to gently dislodge any dust and dirt 
  3. Rinse your ring in hot water
  4. Then use pump soap to help remove the methylated spirits
  5. Rinse it off in hot water again 
  6. Finally, dry your ring with a soft cloth
 

 

Check Your Prongs

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:

 

  • Your ring catches on sweaters or blankets. This might mean that gaps have opened up, which are large enough for threads to slide in between the stone and the metal.
  • If you gently tap the stone while holding it close to your ear, you can hear clicking. Sometimes you can listen to movement before you can see it. Any movement at all is a sign that something is amiss.
  • The ends of the prongs feel worn. When you run your fingers over the ends of the prongs, they should feel round, not flat and worn.
  • Uneven prong spacing. Most engagement rings are designed with prongs that are evenly spaced around the stone. If you notice uneven spacing, a prong has likely bent out of shape.

 

Prevent Scratches and Dings

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:

  • Exercise (particularly with weights)
  • Working with steel tools
  • Rock climbing
 

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.

 

Insure Your Engagement Ring

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.

 

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Diamond Setting Fact Sheet

The Complete Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring

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