You and your partner have found the perfect diamond engagement ring or wedding set, but after a few months you notice it has become a bit dull. These are the things you should know about cleaning your jewellery and some do’s and don’ts to help your jewellery last longer.
Make it a habit to inspect your ring once a month. You may discover embedded debris under the head, which you can easily clean. Examine your setting's prongs. Are any of them worn down? Is there any loose stone in the setting? A monthly inspection will allow you to address these issues before they become a major issue - like your diamond falling out.
Should you shower with your diamond ring on?
Simply put - NO. If you wear your engagement ring while taking a shower, you run the risk of damaging it due to the chemicals in the soap/shampoo/conditioner. Wearing it once or twice won't cause any immediate problems, but long-term exposure can cause more harm than you realise.
Can a diamond ring be worn daily?
When it comes to diamonds, it is critical to understand when to wear them and when to store them. Diamonds can be worn daily, but they are not appropriate for all occasions.
If you are headed on vacation and more specifically the beach - should you wear your diamond ring or diamond jewellery? Salt water isn’t your friend. Even if you don't intend to swim, make sure you don't wear your ring anywhere near salt water. Some metals perform better in salt water than others but use caution regardless. This is because salt in the ocean is extremely corrosive to metals such as copper, gold, and rose gold. Rose gold is particularly susceptible to saltwater corrosion, corroding much faster than traditional yellow or white gold. Salt water can also degrade the overall appearance of your diamond by dulling it and making it less shiny.
Diamonds are tough, but they are not invincible.
Despite being the world's hardest naturally occurring metal, Diamonds and other precious stones can fracture, bruise, and chip. Prong mountings are usually very secure, but one very severe knock can fracture or break them. A jeweller has even seen a brand-new ring returned a few days later with a chip in the diamond or a broken prong.
Avoid coming into contact with harsh cleaning chemicals.
Cleaning chemicals, like housework and exercise, should not be used while wearing your ring! Several cleaning agents are known to dull the finish and polish of fine jewellery, particularly rings, because your hands are more easily exposed to these chemicals. All harsh chemicals have the potential to erode the ring's metal. Many coloured precious gemstones, such as emeralds, can be harmed by bleach.
Check the fit of your engagement ring.
Another important aspect of caring for your engagement ring is making sure it fits properly. If your ring does not fit snugly, it will most likely spin around on your finger. This spinning can frequently result in the ring colliding with objects and stones or prongs becoming loose. If it is too large, it may warp into the shape of your finger, resulting in a slight bend in the band.