He did it!! He finally popped “the BIG question” with the most perfect engagement ring. Now that the ring is securely on your finger, you may be wondering how to properly care for your newly acquired treasure. Below are our most helpful tips to maintaining your engagement rings and wedding bands:
A Proper Fit
We at CJEX get asked how engagement rings are supposed to fit every hour of every day. The simple answer is it can be complicated. Here’s a little biology for you: our fingers don’t stay the same size forever. Mind blown! Life changes like weight loss or gain, pregnancy, aging and even water retention (think sushi date night with extra soy sauce or pizza and beer at your favourite pub) can cause our fingers to fluctuate in size through the day, through the week, through the month and year. This means that your ring will not fit the same way even throughout the day. Adding to that the shape of a person’s fingers can have an impact – if you have a larger knuckle the ring may inevitably feel loose once in the right spot. There is no one perfect size. Your best plan of attack is to discuss with your trusted advisor at CJEX what your day looks like, whether you notice your hands swell and we will help with multiple ring sizers to help you achieve the best fit for you.
Cleaning Your Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings
Fact: diamonds have an affinity toward grease. This means that they are inclined to get dirty. And when you think about it, if this is a piece you wear all day every day it can get dirty. Hand sanitizer, hand lotion, shampoo/conditioner and other things can lodge themselves on and behind your diamond causing it to look dull. At CJEX we offer a light complimentary ring cleaning on pieces purchased from us anytime, no appointment necessary and minimal waiting. But if you want to delve into keeping your ring fresh at home, we recommend the following: buy a soft bristle toothbrush and keep it by the kitchen sink. With some hot water on the toothbrush add a bit of dish soap (which is designed to cut grease), gently scrub your diamond. Pay attention to behind the diamond and gently poke the bristles underneath the prongs. Rinse well with hot water and either air dry or wipe with a soft cloth.
Preventative Maintenance For Your Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings
Prongs, bezel, half bezel, bead set, claw set, channels – these are all terms referring to how diamonds are set. As an engagement ring is typically worn all day every day, these different forms of holding a diamond can come loose. If a ring is caught, bumped, dropped on a hard surface or snagged, a diamond can loosen in its setting and will need a well-trained goldsmith to secure it again. You may not even notice a diamond has become loose and that’s why it is good to have a goldsmith go over your ring approximately every year. This is also a good time for us to do “the big clean” on your ring and polish out any scuffs or scratches in the gold or platinum and bring it back to as close as we can to like new. Please note that this service takes a day or two so plan accordingly!
Insuring Your Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings
While engagement rings from trusted brands like Tacori, Simon G, Noam Carver & Birks come with warranty against manufacturer defects, we always recommend insuring your precious ring. Things like wear and tear, damage, and general repairs are not covered by warranty. Proper insurance will give you peace of mind that if damage should occur you will be covered. We highly recommend coverage with Jewelers Mutual Group. This established insurance company specializes in jewelry insurance. You will be covered for loss (you lose it), theft (someone steals it from you), damage (oops you snagged the ring on the washing machine and pulled the main prong back!) and mysterious disappearance (you didn’t have a break in but you also don’t know what happened to your ring!). With a zero deductible and reasonable costs you can breathe easy knowing you are covered for unexpected events.
Caring For Your Engagement Ring at CJEX
Caring for your engagement ring doesn’t have to be a chore. At CJEX, we can help you keep your engagement beautiful and looking new. Book an appointment below or find out more about cleaning and servicing your ring with CJEX.