I’m sure you remember the first time you saw your engagement ring. You were awe-struck by how sparkly and beautiful it was, and I’m sure you were often distracted by the sight of it on your finger. But eventually, your ring may start looking sad and dull due to the harsh conditions of life. It endures daily lotion slathers, soap scum, and harsh chemicals to list only a few!
Last week, I showed you all of the things you can do at home, without outside help, to care for your ring. Now, let’s take a look at how to care for your diamond ring with a little bit of help from professionals.
At least twice a year, have your ring inspected by a reputable jeweler. Last week, we discussed the cosmetic damages that can be caused to your ring by everyday activity. But, there’s an even more serious concern to keep in mind – the structural integrity of your ring. Even the most careful ring owner still subjects their ring to everyday wear and tear like getting prongs snagged on clothing and other fabrics. Those kinds of activities can warp or loosen your prongs, allowing your diamond to wiggle free and fall out of its setting.
The Leo Diamond is dedicated to quality assurance with every single piece of jewelry. That’s why, when you purchase a Leo through its trusted retailers, Kay and Jared, you are eligible to receive an inspection of your ring every 6 months, for life. And, if you stick to your scheduled check-ups, in the unlikely event of a diamond being damaged or lost during regular wear, the diamond will be replaced free of charge. (Please speak to an authorized dealer to learn details.)
While you’re already at the jeweler for your inspection every 6 months, take advantage of their other talents. While cleaning your ring at home is a great way to keep your ring sparkly on a day-to-day basis, trusted jewelers can do even more.
If you’ve ever had your ring professionally cleaned, I’m sure you’ve said to yourself, “why doesn’t my ring look like this after I clean it?” Well, your jeweler uses special equipment, like a steam cleaner, that cleans your ring more thoroughly than you can at home. Plus, well-trained professionals can also buff out the many tiny scratches and scuffs your precious metals get from every-day wear.
If you have white gold, and notice that your ring is starting to look slightly dull and yellow, don’t be alarmed – this is a normal part of wearing white gold. Your white gold is treated with rhodium, creating the signature bright white gold look. If this starts to wear off, ask your jeweler to re-dip your ring in rhodium, and be prepared to be amazed at how brand new it looks!
Even the most responsible ring owner should prepare for the worst case scenario. With the previous tips, you will have done everything in your power to keep your ring in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, that does not mean it’s protected from all harm. Life happens – and unforeseen circumstances can lead to the loss of your ring!
If you have renters’ or homeowners’ insurance, you can add an additional jewelry “rider” to your insurance policy, covering your ring specifically. Or, you can go through a third party insurance provider that specializes in jewelry.
There are several nuances to keep in mind, like the value of your ring and whether the insurance covers both theft and loss. Check out this article for more guidance.
If you missed Part 1 of the series, click here to learn how to keep your ring safe using a few easy tips and tricks you can do all on your own.