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For starters, be sure you have the best ring to care for! As you begin ring shopping, be sure that your diamond is certified. Each diamond’s cut, clarity, and caret are evaluated in a professional, unbiased process to verify that you’re getting what you’ve paid for.  Some companies do these evaluations independently, making it more difficult to remain neutral. The certificates are necessary to determine the diamond’s actual worth. The online site, seventy seven diamonds has such a process for their diamonds, and many of the prices are 60% less than store prices. Certainly a valuable source if you intend to buy online!

Photo courtesy of Maria Grace Photography.

With a certified diamond, you are set to adore your ring shining brilliantly on your finger wherever you go. But what if the shine lessens over time? What if one day, the sun only draws out 5 points of light instead of the usual 10? Here are a few tips to help prevent tarnishing and wear, and manage it when it does.

Be Willing to Part: As painful as it may feel at first, you really don’t want to wear your ring 24/7. Subjecting your ring to all of the elements your hands encounter is the quickest way to send it to the ring doctor. If you can, avoid wearing your ring during vigorous sports, such as tennis, golfing, or weight lifting. Avoid applying lotions or any oils to your hands while wearing your ring, which can cloud the stone and add “gunk” to the setting. Also, remove your ring when gardening, swimming or using harsh cleaning chemicals around the house. Your ring is sensitive and ought to be treated with sensitivity. If you can remember, remove your ring when you wash your hands as well. Soaps will have an opposite effect on your ring, leaving it a bit grimy and soiled.  

Gentle cleaning: Regular cleaning, at least monthly, will help your ring keep its flawless sparkle. Place your ring in a diluted amount of liquid detergent to soak for about 30 minutes, or soak your ring in a half water, half ammonia solution. Once the ring has had a chance to soak, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently lift away the dirt or other build-up on your precious gem and band. You’ll notice an instant quality upgrade!

Seek out the experts: Many jewelers will offer a ring cleaning complimentary, which will always be your best option if convenience allows. It is also wise to take your ring to a jeweler for an inspection at least once a year to ensure the stone are snugly fixed in place and the settings are protective and strong. It’s better to repair a loose prong early than replace a diamond a few months later!  

 

 

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