1. Make sure it’s insured
As well as a stunning piece of jewellery, we understand that your diamond is a huge investment in both sentiment and value, so insurance cover is key.
We have seen unfortunate cases where a ring has been lost and there has been insufficient protection to help. There are lots of reputable policy providers around and we are happy to advise. We will give you an insurance valuation at the time of delivery. Insurers are likely to insist on annual valuations, which can be done at the same time as an annual clean.
2. Have it examined by a professional annually
Your ring shouldn’t tarnish but might start to show signs of wear and tear, as they are likely to be worn every day and come into contact with any number of lotions and potions. And although diamonds comprise one of the hardest substances in the world, it is a myth that they cannot be scratched or chipped. Like most natural materials, they are susceptible to damage such as filmy build-ups, marks and discolouration. While we will of course clean and inspect your ring for you at no cost before your wedding day, we do recommend you continue to get it looked at on an annual basis at least.
It should be checked for any warped prongs or issues that might make the setting less secure, as even the most secure setting may loosen over time. Have any recommended repairs carried out straight away and the ring shouldn’t be worn until it has been restored.
You might be tempted to have your ring professionally polished more often to restore its original glossy appearance, but we actually wouldn’t advise you do it too frequently, particularly with gold, as it might affect the top coat of the metal. However, there are plenty of other simple steps you should take to ensure your ring stays in pristine condition….
3. Clean it regularly
The best way is to use a solution of water and mild liquid detergent. Brush very gently with a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush works well) to remove any dirt or grime. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this will likely be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt.
It’s best to dry the ring on some tissue paper or with a soft lint-free cloth, or jewellery cloth. Paper tissues might leave fibres and dust on the ring.
There are also shop-bought solutions that can be used, as well as ammonia-based household cleaners (such as window cleaner). You can do this once or twice weekly.
4. Store it separately from other jewellery
Diamonds are notoriously hard so they could scratch other items of jewellery. It’s a good idea to store your ring safely and separately from other jewellery, in its own fabric pouch or the original box it came in. You might also want to invest in a safe.
5. Pick up your ring carefully
You should always pick up the ring by its band, not by diamond. This will help stop natural oils from your hands accumulating around the stone’s setting and also keep it secure in its setting over time.
6. Take it off when cleaning
The ring should be removed when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals. Bleach and other cleaning agents can dull the finish of a ring and actually harm certain stones.
But please, if you take your ring off, put it somewhere safe and don’t take it off in a public place. The possibility that it might get lost, left behind, taken or even dropped down the sink is just not worth the risk. Sadly, we’ve seen it happen….