You’ve found the one and the ring— but where do you hide that ring before the proposal? Making sure your partner doesn’t find the engagement ring can be a little tricky. You don’t want them to stumble across it, since that would ruin the surprise! And finding a great hiding spot can be challenging, especially if you already live together or if your partner spends a lot of time at your place. But we’re here to help! Read on to learn our top tips on where you should store the ring before the proposal.
As much as you’d like never to take off your diamond engagement ring, wearing it, 24/7 is risky. Household chemicals, chlorine, and hard surfaces are just a few things that could damage the stone or loosen the metal, causing the rock to fall out. Say a temporary buh-bye to your ring when you’re doing the dishes, playing sports, swimming, working out, using hairspray, applying moisturiser, even when you’re sleeping (experts say that the weight from your body against your hand reshapes your ring over time, which could loosen the stone). But once you’ve removed your ring, where are you supposed to put it? Here are our top picks for the best places to safely store it-and the worst.
Diamonds Are Extremely Hard BUT Not Indestructible
Most people have a misconception that diamonds are indestructible. However, did you know that under the right conditions, diamonds can be scratched or chipped?
You read that right.
Even though diamonds are the hardest substances known to man and stereotyped as the “most powerful” material, they can still get “hurt”. Another diamond can scratch a diamond if they come into contact, and it is possible to chip a diamond when a force is applied at its cleavage plane.
Ideally speaking, the safest storage solution would be to keep your diamond jewellery in a protected and controlled environment like a dry box. Since they are kept away from harsh chemicals or humid environmental conditions, the jewellery (metal and diamond) will not deteriorate with time.
This may be a feasible solution for people to lock away their jewellery in a safe place for the long term. But what about people who want to wear their jewellery daily and require frequent access to storage? Is there a more convenient solution for them?
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How Can a Diamond be Hurt And How Can I Prevent It?
In my opinion, the best method for storing jewellery is to have compartmentalised storage space as it facilitates sorting and organisation. This is especially important if you own multiple diamond jewellery pieces because you want to avoid any direct contact between them.
One great way to minimise such problems is to look for jewellery storage boxes with built-in segregation and compartments. For less than $50, there are plenty of high-quality choices available in different designs here.
Next, basic common sense will tell you that you shouldn’t be wearing your diamond ring when doing heavy manual work with your hands. For example, you should remove your ring when you are gardening or performing heavy lifting to put them out of harm’s way.
Also, simple gestures like taking your ring off before doing the dishes or taking a shower can help extend your jewellery’s lifespan. The logic here is pretty straightforward. You want to avoid knocking the ring against hard surfaces and keep the metal setting away from harsh chemicals.
When you are cleaning your jewellery, you should also pay attention to the type of solvent and chemicals you use. Although diamonds are chemically inert, this doesn’t mean the settings they are mounted on have the same properties. Chemicals, such as chlorine might cause fading and oxidation of commonly used jewellery metals like silver or white gold.
As a reminder, you also want to be mindful about the type of jewellery you are cleaning. Jewellery with a mix of diamonds and other precious gemstones typically require special cleaning techniques. For example, ultrasonic cleaners are suitable for diamonds BUT may cause gemstones like opals to shatter!
How to Take Care of Your Engagement Ring
Do Purchase Insurance
Insurance is necessary to protect your financial investment in the event that something gets lost, stolen, or damaged. It is also important to have your jewellery appraised every five years as the cost of diamonds and precious metals go up. If you were to lose something which was appraised 10 years ago, the insured value would be far less than the actual replacement cost.”
Don’t Remove Your Ring in Public.
Hand washing is a must in a public restroom but resists the temptation to remove your engagement ring while you’re lathering up. The possibility that you might leave your ring on the ledge of the sink or, worse, drop it down the drain, is too great of a risk.
Don’t Touch the Center Stone.
Wondering how to take care of your diamond engagement ring? Avoid touching the centre stone at all costs. “Diamonds and other precious stones are magnets for dust, dirt, and body oil. “When you put on or take off your ring, try grabbing the band on either side of the stone instead of grabbing the stone itself. If your stone ever looks hazy or cloudy, something is likely stuck underneath it.”
Do Keep Your Ring Clean
“Cleaning your gems with random cleaners at home is something I do not recommend. Elizabeth Taylor would clean her 33.19 carat Krupp diamond ring with hot water, a toothbrush, and gin; however, taking your precious and sentimental engagement ring to an expert jeweller to get it properly steamed clean would be my recommendation.”
Don’t Treat Your Ring With Harsh Chemicals.
According to Foster, you should always remove your ring when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals. “Bleach and other cleaning agents can dull the finish of a ring and harm porous coloured gemstones like emeralds.”
Don’t Put Your Ring Through Needless Wear and Tear.
A diamond is one of the world’s hardest natural materials, but that doesn’t mean a cut and polished diamond cannot chip. Sometimes the table of a cut diamond can be susceptible to wear and tear. Be sure not to knock it against other hard materials.”
Do Remove Your Ring During Hands-On Activities
Make sure you’re taking off your ring during all hand-heavy activities (yes yogis, no downward dog in your engagement ring). “I advise against gardening, cleaning dishes, moving furniture, and exercising with an engagement ring. Of course, you can use these rules on a case-by-case basis with good judgment.”
Make Schedule Monthly Maintenance Appointments With Your Jeweler
“It is very important to schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweller at least once a year to make sure the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose, and there are no hairline cracks in the shank. “All-around maintenance is vital.”
Do Get a Pre-Wedding Professional Clean
Wedding right around the corner? Lanore says this is the best possible time to get your wedding bands professionally cleaned by a jeweller. “Your jeweller will have access to steamers and sonic cleaners, so take full advantage of those tools for your big day photos.” Just hold off on wearing them until the day of your nuptials to maintain an ultra-clean, high-sparkle look.
Do Keep Ring Dishes Around the House
I recommend a little ring dish bedside, one next to your sink in the bathroom, and one in the kitchen,” Lanore says. “Your home is the safest place to remove your ring, but don’t get so used to this that you remove it in public.”
If you need to take it off while you’re out and about, throw it on a necklace chain and wear it that way.”
Do Professionally Clean 14K White Gold
If you have a 14K white gold engagement ring, your setting will look a little worn with time and wear, but you can make it look brand new again by dropping it off with your jeweller to have it rhodium-plated. Every time you scratch the surface of 14K white gold, it removes the white gold from that scratch. Thus, after some time, it can have a bit of a yellow tone to it. Again, this is an easy fix that your jeweller can assist you with.”
Don’t Get Ring Envy.
Every bride has a different idea as to what her dream engagement ring will look like. Once you have that shiny stone on your finger, don’t start comparing your ring with anyone else’s. An engagement ring symbolises a couple’s love and devotion, not a sign of status.
The Best Places for Your Ring
An Individual Pouch
Diamonds are known to be hardy, but they’re not indestructible. That’s why the pouch’s material should be soft as a feather-silk, velvet or cotton are good choices-so the diamond doesn’t get scratched. An individual bag is crucial, too, since coming into contact with other rings or jewellery could also damage your gem.
A Fabric-lined Jewelry Case
Bonus points if it has a separate compartment for your ring, again to avoid scratches from other jewellery. Think of your diamond as a diva!
It’s Original Jewelry Box
Did you save the box your ring came in, the one you first spied when he proposed? It’s a perfect fit for your ring, so why not use it?
A Kitchen Drawer
Consider this a temporary spot if your permanent secure location, like a jewellery case on your bedroom dresser, isn’t convenient when you’re kneading dough or scrubbing pots.
A Memorable Place
It won’t do you any good if you put your ring in such an out-of-the-way spot that you don’t remember where it is.
The Worst Places for Your Ring
A Locker At The Gym
You may think no one can break your lock’s code, but it happens. So has forgetting to close your locker, making it a free-for-all for any unscrupulous people walking by. The best thing to do with your ring when you’re going to the gym is not to wear it. Leave it at home.
On The Kitchen Sink
Big open drains have a funny way of luring little rings to jump down into their evil depths, never to be seen again.
On A Windowsill
It might fall off and bounce, damaging your rock or loosening the prongs.
Wrapped In A Tissue
Because people throw tissues away.
You may forget the ring’s in there, or it could fall out when you’re pulling out your phone, or it could go through the washing machine!
A Wooden Box With No Lining
We can hear your ring, moaning, “That hurts!” Think soft instead.
How to Store and Care for Diamond Jewelry
Diamonds are precious, and there is little that is more romantic than the thought of your partner slipping that gorgeous engagement ring on your finger.
But what next? How can you ensure that your diamond remains as sparkly and beautiful as it looked when it first popped out of the box?
Although diamonds are one of the strongest substances on Earth, they are not indestructible, and neither are the metal or gold casings they’re held in. Diamond jewellery needs consistent care to prolong and preserve its beauty.
Where to Store Your Diamonds
Diamonds are one of the hardest known substances on Earth, but that doesn’t mean your wedding rings or other diamond jewellery can’t get damaged. The diamond is only one part of your jewellery. Gold can scratch, especially in the presence of other hard stones, like diamonds. Other aspects of a diamond ring, like the setting, can also become loose over time, which puts you at risk of losing your diamond.
Diamonds and Other Jewelry
Diamonds are so sought after because of their strength. They are a perfect symbol to represent the bond you and your partner share after you are married.
But that means the diamond is also stronger than your other jewellery. Never store diamonds in the same case or same jewellery box section as your other jewellery.
Diamonds and Diamonds
Diamonds can also damage other diamonds. Keep your diamond jewellery in separate cases or in a jewellery box that has divided sections for each piece of jewellery.
Keep your rings in the same safe place.
Humans are forgetful. If you put your ring in a new “safe” spot every time you take it off, you’re bound to forget where it is at some point. Save yourself that panic by keeping it in the same place whenever you’re not wearing it.
Cleaning Diamond Jewelry
First off, diamonds love oil, dirt, and dust, so avoid touching your diamonds directly as much as possible. But as much as you try to resist, your diamond jewellery will get dirty, usually due to hairspray or perfume applied while still wearing your ring (which is not recommended.)
Getting a professional to clean your diamond is recommended. However, you probably aren’t thinking about doing that every month!
If your diamond ring could use more sparkle, let your ring sit for a half-hour (20-40 minutes) in a small bowl of warm water mixed with mild dish soap. Anything harsh (like bleach or ammonia) or anything with too many chemicals can damage your diamond, the metal around your diamond, and especially gold. Afterwards, use a soft brush or toothbrush to brush the diamond gently. Do not use a paper towel to dry it, as a paper towel can scratch your jewellery. Let your ring sit and air dry on a soft, lintless cloth.
How to Store Diamonds While Traveling
You may have that safe and special spot to store your diamond ring while at home, but what about while you’re away for work or play?
The TSA doesn’t recommend taking your weddings rings off at airport security checkpoints. It’s risky because they can be stolen or lost in the conveyor belt if the container falls.
When you travel, bring a jewellery box to keep your diamond rings in. Something that ensures your diamonds are kept apart from your other jewellery.
If you take your rings off to go swimming or go to the beach, lock them (in their case/box) inside your room safe.
What to Do When the Damage is Already There?
Depending on the severity of the damage, you might want to consider re-polishing or re-cutting your diamond. I won’t worry too much about cosmetic damages like fine scratches or nicks unless they cause a visible loss of lustre.
However, in cases where a diamond is chipped, it makes sense to correct the damage immediately in order to prevent further damage propagation.
Your sparkler is an important piece of jewellery. Proper engagement ring care should be a top priority after your significant other pops the question. After all, you’ve spent months, perhaps years, dreaming of the perfect engagement ring. So now that it’s a permanent fixture on your left hand, you’ll want to ensure it stays shiny and sparkly for years to come.
So, there you have it.
Taking care of your diamond jewellery and having good storage practices at home will help prevent them from going missing and protect them against unnecessary damage.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to keep your diamond jewellery in stunning conditions and pre-diagnose any potential problems before they get out of hand.