Your engagement ring is likely to be the most precious piece of jewellery you ever own. It represents not only a significant financial investment, but, much more importantly, a hugely emotional one.
In spite of this, we often don’t take the time to care for it properly. It becomes so much a part of us, we forget it’s a precious piece of jewellery that needs a little TLC from time to time, and end up wearing it to scrub dishes or dig in the garden.
Even worse, we could misplace or lose the ring we care most about. If you’re both jewellery smart and give your engagement ring the love it deserves, it will remain dazzling for decades after you say, “I do”.
If not, you may find yourself with a diamond ring that has lost some of its precious sparkle or even worse, no ring at all.
Make sure your ring is one of the lucky ones. Follow our top tips for keeping your engagement ring safe and dazzling, below.
1. MAKE SURE YOU GET A WARRANTY
Before you even get your ring home, you can take steps to protect it by choosing a reputable jeweller who offers an extended warranty. Most good jewellers will offer this as standard and may even offer a lifetime guarantee.
If they aren’t able to offer this, you should be thinking very carefully before purchasing from the particular store or dealer.
2. BE PREPARED TO TAKE IT OFF (OR COVER IT UP)
Yes, your ring is gorgeous. Of course, you want to keep it on all of the time. And most of the time that’s fine. In fact, keeping it on for everyday activities like showering or washing your hands will probably reduce the risk of you losing it.
However, if you are doing dirty or rough activities like gardening or DIY, or even extreme sports like kayaking or rock climbing, you should leave it at home. Diamonds and other precious stones are very tough, but they are not invincible, and it’s quite possible to chip or damage the stone or setting.
If you can’t take your ring off for any reason, then it’s best to cover it with gloves or tape before jumping into a potentially rough activity.
3. REFRESH THE METAL EVERY FEW YEARS
It’s not just the stones in your ring that need a little love, the metal needs regular care too. The type of care you provide will depend on the type of metal, so do ask advice your jeweller to explain the best treatment for your specific ring.
In general, platinum and yellow gold need a good polish every couple of years, while white gold needs to be dipped every few years to keep its colour and shine.
4. GIVE YOUR RING A REGULAR HEALTH CHECK
Wearing your ring every day will invariably lead to small knocks and bumps. These are unlikely to do any real damage, but they can loosen settings and put you at risk of losing a precious stone.
Prevent this by taking the ring into your jewellers for a check up every 6 months. They will run an expert eye over the ring and settings to check everything is in the right place. At Burrells, we offer free checks twice a year as part of our lifetime guarantee.
5. CLEAN IT REGULARLY
One of the most practical things you can do to keep your engagement ring looking its best is to give it a regular clean. Every day your ring attracts dust and tiny dirt particles that can build-up over time. This build-up is a common reason that an engagement ring will begin to look dull or flat.
Your jeweller may offer a professional cleaning service, or you can do it yourself at home with just a few simple household tools.
Fill a bowl with warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Then use a soft brush to gently clean your ring. Rinse the ring off under clean running water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. You’ll notice an immediate difference in sparkle.
However you clean your ring, remember to avoid exposure to harsh chemical or bleach. These can discolour or permanently damage your ring.
6. KEEP IT AWAY FROM OTHER DIAMONDS
Diamonds don’t play nicely with other jewellery. If you have a diamond engagement ring, it can easily scratch other diamonds or precious stones if they are stored together.
Make sure you store your ring securely away from other fine jewellery pieces if you want to avoid damage. It’s worth investing in a good quality jewellery box with ring dividers to keep your rings and other jewellery safe.
7. AVOID MULTIPLE RESIZING
There are lots of life events that can call for an engagement ring resizing. Perhaps you’re pregnant or you simply gained or lost a little weight.
Before you go ahead with a resize, though, it’s important to remember that every time a ring is altered the structure is weakened. And to avoid permanent damage, it’s best to keep resizing to an absolute minimum.
If the change in size isn’t permanent, simply store your ring away securely until it fits again.
If you need to get a ring resized, you might find our blog post How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring? helpful.
8. MAKE SURE YOUR RING IS INSURED
Your ring is irreplaceable. A sentimental piece of jewellery that you could never replicate. However, it is also likely to have a significant financial value, and it’s important to make sure you have appropriate insurance cover in place.
Sometimes accidents happen, or precious pieces of jewellery are lost. Insurance can’t mend the emotional injury that comes with a stolen or damaged engagement ring but, when you’re ready, it can help you move forward with a new piece.
9. ALWAYS STORE IT IN THE SAME PLACE
This is a simple tip, but a really important one. Engagement rings are small and delicate. They can easily slip out of sight or become invisible amongst a carpet or busy work surface.
So, make sure, whenever you take it off, whatever the reason, it always goes in the same place. This can decrease the chance of a misplaced or lost ring massively.
10. CONSIDER A RESERVE RING
This idea may be a little controversial, but it’s one that is increasing in popularity. Essentially, it’s a less valuable ring, often costume jewellery, that can stand in for the real thing in situations where there may be a higher risk of loss or theft.
You might take your reserve ring on holiday or wear it on a night out with the girls. You get to keep some sparkle but without putting your original engagement ring at risk. A reserve ring can also come in handy at times when you don’t want to resize the original, like during pregnancy.
At Burrells, we know that choosing an engagement ring for yourself or someone you love is one of the most important and emotional decisions you will ever make. That’s why our friendly team of experts are always on hand to help you discover the perfect ring. If you have any questions, contact us here.
Step into one of our stores to discover our beautiful engagement rings over a glass of champagne.