Aftercare is a very important aspect of owning precious jewellery pieces like engagement rings. Whatever the value of your ring is, it is always important to maintain, insure and take care of it. After all, it could become a family heirloom (if it isn’t already).
How you treat your ring will be apparent to anyone who looks at it. Here is how to ensure your ring stays in optimal shape for years to come.
Store your jewellery in a cool, clean and dry place in a fabric-lined case.
Cupboards, drawers and jewellery boxes with dividers are out of direct sunlight are key to ensure that your ring isn’t exposed to humidity. The fabric-lined case ensures that your ring is separate from other jewellery pieces and is not prone to scratches.
Handle your jewellery with clean hands
This sounds like a no brainer, but even if your hands feel clean, any oils, food debris, sticky residues and the like can affect your ring. Don’t take a chance and always wash your hands.
Consult with your jeweller before using ultrasonic cleaners
Small home-cleaning machines are available to opt out of professional ring cleaning. While this is convenient, they can sometimes they can damage your jewellery. Always consult your jeweller about any new ideas on how to care for your ring. If they recommend that you have your ring professionally cleaned, you should clean your ring once or twice a year.
Clean your diamonds regularly
You can clean the diamond with a recommended solution or mild detergent at home like a mix of ammonia or water. Lotions, soaps and perfumes can affect the appearance of the diamond over time so if you wear your ring frequently, be aware that it will need a good cleaning regularly.
Do not wear it while cleaning your home
Think about it, chemicals from household products vs. your beautiful, precious ring. Exposure to chemicals like chlorine for instance can corrode the gold.
Do not wear it during rough work
Rings can easily be chipped, scratched or damaged. Cleaning out your garage? It’s best to take your ring off to lower the chances of scuffing your ring!
If you’re a new ring owner, you should highly consider insuring your ring in the case is your ring becomes lost, damaged or if it is stolen. Ring insurance can be added to your home or personal property insurance to partially cover or fully cover your ring, depending on your plan. The only way ring insurance can come into full effect is if you have the ring appraised by a certified professional (which must be done every 5 years) and if you have the original receipts.
Following these steps will ensure that your ring stays safe, protected and clean at all times so you can enjoy it for the years to come. If you want to learn more about ring maintenance get in touch with us for any questions you may have.