Jewelry is the most traditional gift we use to mark the significant occasions in our lives. It is an outward expression and personification of the relationship.Celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries and other laurels are just some of the events we commemorate with special gifts of jewelry. For any newlyweds, the engagement ring is a source of constant admiration. The behavior of newlyweds’ towards maintaining the rings’ sparkle and value is quite comprehensible – the diamond inside of its prongs, the little diamonds around the band – just all of it!
Via PexelsAlthough the human behavior for newly acquired goods is quite justifiable, taking proper care of the ring should be prioritized, not just because of its monetary value but its sentimental significance. Following are eight ways in which you could be damaging your engagement ring.
Forgetting to clean it frequentlyWho doesn’t desire their ring to look as gleaming and sparkly as possible? Make it a propensity to have your ring cleaned routinely by a professional jeweler. Most jewelers will steam clean your ring free-of -cost. The steam clean removes all the accumulated dust and grime from the surface of the diamond, so the final product looks brand new. If you don’t have the time to schedule a meeting with a jeweler, consider utilizing a safe cleaning method at home, such as washing it with lukewarm water and a mild solution of dish cleanser; scouring it tenderly with a (new) toothbrush or soaking it in vodka or gin.
Wearing it while applying body lotions or sunscreenThick moisturizers and creams can leave buildup on your ring, making it look and feel grimy. What’s worse, is that this grime can stain and discolor the ring, especially if you have a hued gemstone or if your ring’s band is made of white gold or platinum.
Cleaning your household while wearing your ringThe chances of accidentally losing it down the toilet are significantly higher than you might imagine. Additionally, you also face the risk of damaging your ring with caustic chemicals that you often use to scrub your house, such as Clorox Bleach or Windex. These cleaning chemicals can react negatively with your metal band or gemstone, leaving it dull and cloudy.
Vulnerabilities of diamonds and designContrary to popular belief, your ring is fragile. While some of you may argue with the hardness of diamond — rest assured we do not disagree with it — but the bottom line here is potential damage to the settings and the band. Most notably, if you are careless with it, you can severely damage your ring by chipping the band or setting the stone loose. In other words: don’t punch anything while wearing your most prized possession. Don’t fist-pump too aggressively. You get the picture.