Christmas is the busiest time of year for engagements (who doesn’t love a festive proposal?!), so that means there will be a lot of people out there with sparkling new rings on your finger.
Your engagement ring is likely to be the most important piece of jewellery in your life, so will need serious looking after. Wedding bands are generally more low maintenance, but diamonds, while they may be a girl’s best friend, do require TLC from time to time.
We spoke to Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks about how to look after your engagement rings and ensure it stays as pristine as the day you first said “yes”.
“Just a few seconds of upkeep a day could help you keep your ring sparkling and avoid loosening the settings, or worse – dulling the diamond,” says Lorna.
How to clean your engagement ring
“Use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean your ring at home and keep the metal shiny and scratch-free,” advises Lorna.
“For touch-ups on the go, invest in a miniature cleaning and polishing brush to keep your diamond dazzling. Wet the brush very slightly and sweep it around the ring and claws to keep your ring free from impurities.”
Avoid harsh hand creams.
“We all know to remove our precious jewellery before cleaning and bathing, but we often forget to remove before using moisturising lotions,” Lorna says.
“Great for your hands, but not so great for your diamonds, creams and lotions can dull the sparkle of a diamond over time. Make sure you remove your ring before applying hand creams or lotions to keep it looking perfect for years to come.”
Visit your local jeweller
“Have your jeweller check and clean your ring on a regular basis, at least twice a year,” advises Lorna.
“As well as keeping your diamond bright, they can check the stone is still set firmly and the claws are all tightly in place. Beaverbrooks offers free engagement ring cleaning and checks in 70 stores nationwide, to make sure our customers’ diamonds are always sparkling, safe and sound.”
Remove your engagement ring at bedtime
“Try and get into the habit of removing all of your jewellery before bed,” suggests Lorna.
“This will ensure the setting is free from catching on the fibres of your bedding which can, in time cause the claws to loosen, potentially compromising your precious stones. Popping your rings in a fabric-lined jewellery box will keep them from tarnishing or scratching over time.”