When you first get engaged, your diamond engagement ring is like your baby. You can’t stop looking at it, you want to show it off to the world, and no matter what, you want to keep it safe. If you already have children, you may even care about your ring more than them for a brief moment!
No matter how intense your feelings are for your ring, it’s a good idea to keep its safety in mind. It’s an expensive piece of jewellery and it’s meant to last forever, If it’s an antique or if it has a lot of intricate metalwork of several small stones, there is also a legitimate risk of damage, especially as the ring ages.
Here are some expert tips for keeping your ring safe from harm…
1. Turn the diamond around
We know, we know. You want to flash your diamond and you love to watch it sparkle. The thing is, everyone notices a beautiful diamond ring, and some people have motives other than simply admiring it and congratulating you. It’s a sad fact of life. When you’re walking in public, especially alone or in the dark, it’s a good idea to turn the diamond the other way so that only the band shows on your finger. It’ll be less noticeable to certain people with certain bad ideas (i.e robbery).
2. Keep a Box
When you’re not wearing your ring, keep it somewhere safe. Keep the original box and store it in a secure place in your home, such as a safety deposit box. If you need to take your ring off when you’re out and about, keep a small container in your handbag for it. If you don’t want to use the original box, a fabric drawstring bag or fabric lined box of any kind will work perfectly – just make sure it can close securely so the ring won’t fall out.
3. Take It Off
Speaking of taking your ring off, don’t be afraid to do this every now and again! Plug holes are the number one danger zone. Whatever you do, always take your ring off when you’re washing your hands or in the shower; you can always leave it on the side of the sink where you can see it. If you’re working with your hands, take it off to avoid dirt lodging in the nooks and crannies and to stop the metal picking up dents and scratches. The chemicals added to swimming pools can cause reactions in certain metal alloys, so be wary of that too.
4. Regular maintenance
Finally, make sure you inspect your ring every few months for signs of wear and tear. Look closely at the metal prongs to see if they have loosened or bent – this could result in your stone falling out. Check for dirt, grime and scratches. and note the finish of the metal – you may need to get it replated every few years, or it will lose its sheen quite quickly.