Engagement Ring Care

 

Stone setting techniques in fine jewelry have remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years.  In essence, we are manipulating precious metals over and around gemstones in ways that balance their security and visibility. This intersection of craftsmanship and artistry results in timeless and wearable sculptures.  The prongs on your engagement ring are strong enough to securely hold your diamond or gemstone, but they are not indestructible. They are made from malleable precious metals and should be treated as such. Remember this as you introduce your ring to your everyday life. 


General Maintenance 

1.  One of the most effective ways to protect your ring is to make sure it is the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off in the evening.  Specifically, it should be removed before you shower, apply lotions or makeup, exercise, or perform house chores.  Product and chemical can build up around and underneath your setting, causing your ring to look dull.  

2.  Store your engagement ring in your ring box, and away from other pieces of jewelry which can cause abrasion to your ring.  Also beware of sinks and basins.  

3.  When removing your ring, do so by holding the band rather than to the gemstone, which can weaken its prongs over time. 

4.  Do not wear your engagement ring while swimming.  Your fingers shrink in water, making it easy for your ring to accidentally slip off. 

 

    Cleaning + Servicing Your Engagement Ring

    It’s completely natural for your engagement ring to acquire buildup over the course of ordinary wear.   This happens because your ring is exposed to dust, dirt, chemicals, and perspiration on a daily basis.  To keep your engagement ring looking its sparkly best, we recommend cleaning your ring whenever it starts to look dull.  You can clean your ring at home in a small bowl with warm water and a few drops of dish washing liquid.  Using a very soft toothbrush, gently brush behind the stone where grime can collect.  Rinse your ring thoroughly and pat dry with a clean cloth.

    We recommend having your engagement ring professionally cleaned and inspected every 6 months.  Your ring should also be serviced if it has undergone trauma, such as being dropped or struck.  Even if your ring looks to be unharmed, it may have issues that can only be detected by a professional.  These inspections will make sure that the prongs are secure, which helps to prevent the loss of your diamond or gemstone if your ring has been inadvertently damaged.  Ken & Dana Design provides this service to our clients free of charge.  See our Engagement FAQ for more information.