Your engagement ring will be an item that is treasured throughout your life. It is a symbol of the love you and your partner have for one another, and will remind you of his care and attention when secretly choosing the band and stone. Engagement rings are also highly valuable, and should be cared for as investments as well as sentimental items. If your diamond is to look its best over the years, it’s essential that it is looked after properly.
Cleaning Your Diamond
If your diamond is looking dull, it’s a good idea to visit an engagement ring specialist like Chisholm Hunter, as they are usually be happy to offer an expert cleaning service for your stone. However, if you’re cleaning it at home, vodka is recommended by experts as the best way to bring back the sparkle in your diamond. Simply soak the ring in a glass of any brand of vodka for half an hour, rinse it under a warm tap and rub it dry with a clean cloth. You can also soak the ring for ten minutes in a bowl of four parts water and one part household ammonia.
You should then brush the ring gentle with a soft toothbrush, dip it back in the ammonia/water solution, then rinse it in cool water. You can then leave the ring to dry on a lint-free towel or cloth. Avoid using paper tissues because they can leave fibres and dust on your ring.
Handling Your Engagement Ring
This may not seem like an important tip, but it’s essential that you pick your ring up by the band, not the diamond. This is because natural oils from your fingers will build up around the stone’s setting and can cause the rock to come loose. If you’re cleaning or using harsh chemicals like hair dye or bleach, take your engagement ring off. These substances can cause lasting damage. If you’re washing your hands in public, keep the ring on as it might otherwise slip down the drain.
Diamond is the hardest material on earth. This means that it will scratch other jewellery and gem stones if you store them in the same jewellery box. Keep your engagement ring away from other items, preferably in a soft fabric or leather pouch. You can also use the original ring box if you still have it.