Friday, November 20, 2009

10 Tips For Taking Care of Your Diamond Engagement Ring

By Sarah A Harris

Tip 1: When not wearing your ring, keep it in a cloth lined ring holder in a jewelery box. The original ring box will work too.

Tip 2: Don't wear it when cleaning, cooking, exercising, or gardening. Dirt and other grime can build up causing your ring to lose it shine.

Tip 3: Don't wear it in the shower. The soap can actually cause the diamond to cloud over.

Tip 4: Be careful not to snag your engagement ring on anything like a sweater or tablecloth. It can pull at the prongs making it possible to loosen the setting.

Tip 5: To keep the shine, soak your ring in one part ammonia to three parts cold water for no more than half hour before cleaning. Don't do this more than once a month.

Tip 6: Clean your diamond ring about once a week but no less than once a month. Clean with a wet soft toothbrush to remove dirt and grime then let dry on a lint-free cloth.

Tip 7: Avoid touch the diamond directly. The oil on your fingers will get the diamond dirty.

Tip 8: If a warranty came with the ring, then make sure to follow the inspection process. A jeweler often requires you to bring the ring in at least once a month for inspection.

Tip 9: Regardless of a warranty, it's a good idea to get insurance on the ring. Just in case.

Tip 10: Try to have your diamond certified by a licensed jeweler. This will help for both insurance purposes and for retaining value later on.

Following these 10 tips for taking care of your diamond engagement ring will help it stay beautiful for many generations to come.

Sarah Harris is the Marketing Manager at Adiamor She is also the author of the popular celebrity wedding and engagement ring blog It's Raining Diamonds.

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