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How To Care For Your Diamond Engagement Ring

15 July 2015
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Keep your Diamond Engagement Ring in pristine condition with our cleaning & care advice.

Caring for your Diamond Engagement Ring can be a difficult process. To help, here are some tips and suggestions on how to look after your beautiful diamond engagement ring, to ensure that it lasts a lifetime.

 

How to clean the Diamonds in your Engagement Ring

When it comes to cleaning your jewellery, you need to be particularly careful, especially if you are dealing with a diamond engagement ring. In order to get a clean and pristine diamond ring, please do the following:

  1. Buy a soft toothbrush (preferably a baby's)

  2. Get some neat washing up liquid

  3. Combine the both and gently scrub the diamond, until you feel it is clean enough.

  4. Then, rinse well with water

  5. Dry with a very soft lint-free cloth.

HINT: Emeralds, opals, pearls and amber should only be cleaned by a jeweller.

 

How to clean your Engagement Ring Band

The precious metals used in diamond engagement rings can be somewhat, forgotten - in terms of cleaning the piece. But let's not forget, these metals can be expensive and are precious for a reason. A significant amount of the metals crafted for rings are surprisingly soft and in time, will scratch, tarnish and finishes will wear over time.

This may happen over a long period of time or could happen very suddenly.  This depends upon the shape of your hands and how much the metal is exposed to wear, especially if it is coming into contact with other metal or hard materials. A professional polish will shine the metal of your Engagement Ring up again.

The likes of Silver, Gold and Platinum can be easily buffed on a regular basis. It's a very simple process, all you need to do is by a relevant jewellery cleaning cloth, which is available in a huge amount of stores up and down the UK. Once the cloth has been used make sure you place it back in the packaging and make sure it's sealed air tight. If you don't abrasive dust could accumulate on it and if you use this cloth with dust on it, it will damage the ring and the metal colour will fade over time.

 

Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewellery.

Despite diamonds being extremely tough, like anything else, they can still suffer chips and fractures from sharp impacts. People are not actually aware of the fact that you can actually scratch a diamond, it's fairly rare. Although, if you take your diamond ring off and decide to store in your jewellery box, make sure it doesn't come in contact with other diamonds.

If you have noticed that your diamond ring has any superficial damage, don't try and clean it yourself, it will make the situation a whole lot worse. There are some fantastic jewellery repairers out there, which can help you out.


Book an appointment with a Professional Jewellery Cleaner:

We strongly recommend that you book a yearly appointment, with your local jewellers to get a professional ultrasonic clean and polish. During this process the jeweller will professionally clean the ring with appropriate cleaning products. They will also ensure that all the settings, clasps,chains and stones are secure.


Make sure you have Jewllery Insurance:

Many providers don't include cover for personal possessions away from home or accidental damage, so if you have recently purchased a diamond engagement ring, you need to ensure you add it to your content home insurance. Make sure your jewellery is individually listed with your insurer, so that you're adequately protected.

We are partnered with T.H March, who is the top specialist jewellery insurance company in the country. By insuring your jewellery with T.H March you will be able to enjoy wearing your jewellery to the fullest, without worrying, as T.H March will insure your jewellery against any loss, theft or accidental damage.


Take your ring off during tasks:

This may seem like common sense, but it's very common that people tend to leave their engagement ring on or just cover the ring up, this effectively doesn't actually protect the ring very well. So, whether it is applying make up cleaning house, preparing food, gardening or you are at the gym, make sure you take the ring off and place it in a secure protected location. This is due to numerous chemicals, which are found in a number household cleaning products and the wear and tear that could be caused.


Should you require any more advice about caring for your Diamond Engagement Ring then please visit our Jewellery Care page or ask one of our experts in-store or online.