Treasure Your Treasures: Diamond Ring Care
Why Should You Care For Your Rings?
You would imagine precious metals and the hardest gemstones on Earth would be guaranteed to retain their sparkle naturally, wouldn’t you? Not so. The integrity of a ring can be compromised by engaging in certain activities, and the lustre of a gemstone can be dulled by certain substances. Everyday wear can cause stones to loosen, and filmy deposits to form on your diamond rings. Here are some things to do to keep your gorgeous jewellery looking its very best.
Cleaning Your Rings At Home
Your diamond rings can be cleaned easily at home. Prepare a solution of warm water and a mild soap (a little washing up liquid works), and let your rings soak in it for 20-30 minutes. Rub them gently with a soft brush. Rinse your rings in running cold water and let them dry naturally. If your rings are particularly dirty, you can use a solution of cold water and 3-4 drops of ammonia instead of the warm soapy mixture. Only use ammonia with diamond rings as it can damage other gemstones.
How To Prevent Your Ring Becoming Misshapen
Take your rings off before you go to sleep. The body’s weight while sleeping presses on your rings and can, over time, put them out of shape. Remove your rings before a work out at the gym. The regular pressure exerted on weights and exercise equipment can cause rings to lose their shape in time. A misshapen ring is not only uncomfortable to wear; it can also lead to the mounts of your diamonds loosening, meaning your precious gems could fall out.
Housework, Swimming, Making Up And Sunbathing
Chemicals in domestic cleaning products can react badly with your diamond rings, so remove them when carrying out household tasks. Chlorine is no friend to diamond rings, and it is advisable to not wear jewellery when swimming. Avoid contact with make up when applying cosmetics. Take your rings off before you do your face. Cosmetic products contain substances which will build up on the surface of your ring making it gleam dully, rather than sparkle brilliantly. The same goes for sun blocks and tanning lotions, so remove jewellery when sunbathing.
Visit A Jeweller Regularly
Routine professional maintenance is strongly advised for your prized diamond rings. A jeweller can remove scratches and dents caused by everyday wear and tear, and tell whether the settings of your diamonds require tightening. The jeweller can also give your rings a professional cleaning so you leave the shop with them looking as good as new. Opinions vary as to how regularly you should visit a jeweller, once a year should be sufficient, but prudent owners of particularly intricate jewellery should consider having it looked at every six months. Diamonds For Less is a reputable jewelry store in Toronto which offers its customers such after sales care free of charge.
Store Your Rings Carefully
The diamond is the hardest substance on Earth. Only another diamond will scratch a diamond, so store diamond jewellery separately. Padded jewellery cases are effective to a point, but professionals strongly advise that each piece be stored in its own soft jeweller’s pouch – not just to protect the diamond ring, but to protect other jewellery from it.
Taking these simple measures will keep your diamond rings looking delightful.