Understanding Jewelry Making And Care

Caring For A Diamond Engagement Ring: What You Need To Know

Receiving an engagement ring is undoubtedly an amazing experience--and if you said yes, it was probably one of the best moments of your life. Now that you have some bling on your finger, however, there are also some important care and maintenance tips you'll need to remember to keep your diamond ring looking its best for many years to come.

Have It Inspected Twice a Year

Many jewelers these days offer free lifetime warranties on engagement rings, so long as you keep up with the jeweler's maintenance plan. Typically, this means bringing the ring in twice a year for a routine cleaning and inspection. This will not only keep your ring looking like new, but will also allow the jeweler to be on the lookout for any damage to the prongs holding your diamond(s) in place.

Consider Re-Plating or Polishing

Depending on the material of your engagement band, you may also want to consider having the ring re-plated or polished every so often. Re-plating is typically recommended for white gold rings, and involves dipping the band into a fresh layer of white gold to cover up any yellowing and other imperfections that come along with regular wear and tear. Polishing is another great way to remove surface scratches from other types of metal.

Remove Before Physical Activity

Protect yourself and your ring before working out, cleaning your house, or partaking in any other physical activity by removing your engagement ring. While these rings are durable and made to last, they can become dinged and scratched. Not to mention, certain types of diamond settings may be prone to getting caught on certain materials. If you lead a very active lifestyle, you might want to consider purchasing a silicone ring to wear during physical activity.

Add to Your Insurance Policy

If you haven't done so already, now is also a good time to add your engagement ring to an existing insurance policy, such as a renter's insurance or home insurance policy. This way, in the event that your ring is lost or damaged, you can rest assured that you'll be covered for a replacement up to the appraised value of the ring itself. Of course, nothing could ever replace your engagement ring, but this insurance policy can give you added peace of mind and can also cover damage and repairs such as missing/lost diamonds or other stones that could become dislodged over time.

For more tips, contact a company like The Richter & Phillips Company.