If you’re sporting a new sparkler on your left hand ring finger these days, this post’s for you: We asked three of Salt Lake City’s best jewelers to share their top tips to keep your engagement ring blinging. Read on for their brilliant advice. (Who knew your bed sheets could damage your diamond?!)
Alex Hughes, O.C. Tanner:
- Keep your ring on your finger! Don’t set it down next to the sink.
- Take your ring off for activities like rock climbing or weightlifting—metal and rocks are not your ring’s friend.
- If your ring is yellow or white gold, avoid chlorine and bleaches, including hot tubs and pools. Platinum is impervious to these chemicals.
- Have your jeweler clean and check your ring every six months.
- Keep your ring clean at home by using Dawn dish soap and a soft bristle toothbrush. For added benefit, finish off by drying with compressed air—you’ll have no water spots left on your diamond.
Natalie Branscomb, J. Brooks Jewelers:
- You should never sleep in your ring. Sheets are like sandpaper to your prongs and over time will wear them down.
- Your ring should be the first thing you take off when you get home and the last thing you put on when you’re leaving your house. Not only will you improve the life of your prongs, but for girls with white gold rings, you will also prolong the rhodium on the ring.
- I would absolutely recommend insurance. There are so many different places that you can insure your ring, but I would highly recommend Jewelers Mutual. They insure my personal jewelry and I have loved working with them.
Jane Andersch, Masseys Jewelers:
- The most important thing is maintenance. Take your ring to your jeweler for inspection and cleaning every few months. Your jeweler will make sure that your diamonds are secure and all is well with your ring. And a good polish and cleaning will make your ring sparkle like new!
- One thing to avoid is wearing your ring to the gym or while doing other physically strenuous activities. It’s very easy to damage your ring, lose a stone, or even lose your ring when involved in such activities. It’s best to leave your ring home in a secure location.
- You should not overlook proper insurance coverage on your fine jewelry. Most jewelers provide warranties against diamond loss, but they do not cover theft or loss of the entire ring. For this sort of coverage, you would need to add a “jewelry rider” to your existing homeowners or rental insurance. It’s also a good idea to photograph your jewelry in the event you ever need to make a claim.
Thank you Alex, Natalie, and Jane for sharing your advice!
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