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Your engagement ring will probably be the most important jewellery purchase you will make. Looking after it needs not be time consuming or expensive. It will make sure that you continue to enjoy your ring for years to come
Diamond and might be the strongest gemstone but if it is subjected to a strong blow or drop in the wrong place, it can cleave and fracture. The same applies to the metal … if it is hit repeatedly over a period of time, it will show some pits and marks and will wear out quicker than it should. So what’s the answer to safeguard the beauty of your engagement ring?
Don’t wear your ring when doing any strenuous activity where the metal and/or stones are likely to be under stress, i.e. gardening, cooking. Avoid metal pans and door handles, wear gloves at the gym. Diamonds will need regular cleaning to remain bright and sparkling.
The same tips apply to engagement rings set with coloured gemstones. A little bit of care will go a long way in keeping this special ring looking its best.
Diamond rings can be cleaned at home very easily. To keep your diamonds sparkling clean, first put the plug in the sink. Find a toothbrush and dab it in a few drops of washing up liquid. Gently brush away any built up grime from all around the diamonds and gemstones. Rinse your jewellery in clean running water and dry with a soft cloth. Remember, settings wear over time, please check the sink for any dislodged stones.
It should be checked regularly for security of settings and general wear and tear. Jewellers normally offer regular check-up on a complimentary basis. The after-sales service should also include complimentary cleaning of your ring – please note that some metals can be cleaned by your jeweller on site – these include yellow, rose gold and platinum. White Gold rings will need to be polished and plated every 12 to 18 months to keep looking sparkling and bright.
If your engagement ring is insured, the majority of insurers requires a registered valuation to be updated every two years. This will ensure that should the worst happen, you will get adequate compensation for your ring. Valuations are updated depending on current prices for metal and stones. Metals and diamonds are normally purchased in US dollars and are therefore subject to both a price per gram (valid for metals) as well as the current exchange rate.
Article provided by: Deborah Windfield Jewellery