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Protecting Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on November 16th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Rings No Comments

Courtesy MarthaStewart.comDiamonds are resilient. They are gorgeous. And we all know they are the most valuable and strongest gemstone in the world. That’s why diamonds are traditionally used in engagement rings: they symbolize a love that will last forever. Awww.

But you’ll start to notice as time wears on that your engagement ring is NOT indestructible, and just like your love, you’ll need to take proper care to make sure it lasts forever. I know, I know. Just another thing to worry about, right? Well, you could worry, but taking care of that resilient rock isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

Now, I’m certainly not a diamond expert, but thanks to some professional advice from Diamond Helpers, I have a good idea of what I need to keep my diamonds sparkling forever. And lucky for you, I’m willing to share my newfound wisdom:

  • Protect your setting: Even though it’s easy to forget about your diamond, and wear it casually doing any activity, it’s best to use a little common sense. It’s not so much the diamond you need to worry about as the setting. If you are careful to not wear your ring during certain activities; like gardening, playing sports, or other rough activities, your setting will stay in good shape, and you won’t run the risk of looking down at your hand to find your precious gem missing.
  • Watch the Chemicals: There’s no way around it. You’re beautiful diamond is sure to get coated in different chemicals simply from day to day living. Household cleaners, hairspray, and even perspiration are impossible to avoid, and will eventually make your shiny ring dull, dull, dull. If you are sure to take your ring in for regular cleanings, you’re sure to keep your diamond brilliant and prismatic!
  • Trust the Professionals: While you are probably able to clean your ring pretty well without help (see recipe below), it’s definitely best to keep up with your ring’s regular maintenance. This doesn’t just mean you should bring your ring in to be cleaned by jewelers (which you should); it means you should probably bring your ring into the jeweler for a yearly, or biyearly, checkup. Professional jewelers will be able to find any flaws in your rings prongs, which could save you the heartache of losing your timeless gem.

See? Not so hard after all, but definitely a few habits you’ll want to get into even before you say “I do.”

Just as an added bonus to this fabulous advice, here’s an at-home recipe to clean your stunning diamond courtesy of that creative genius, Martha Stewart. (Well, I guess you can agree or disagree with that last statement, but her diamond cleaning recipe is good nonetheless.)

  • “Soak your ring in a mixture of 1/2 cold water and 1/2 household ammonia for 30 minutes. Drain on a paper towel, and voila! Your diamond is as good as new.”
    (Source: MarthaStewart.com)

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