5 Things That Damage Your Engagement Ring
Yes, your engagement ring is a symbol of love and commitment, but it is also an investment that you need to protect. Here are 5 things that can damage your engagement ring and how to protect it.
Can cleaning products damage my engagement ring?
Absolutely! Harsh chemicals can damage your engagement ring by causing erosion of the metal. Chemicals like chlorine, bleach, and other cleaning solutions can be particularly harmful. These chemicals can break down the metal, making it more susceptible to damage. Remember, it's always best to remove your engagement ring when using harsh chemicals.
Can pools and hot tubs damage my engagement ring?
Yes. When you wear an engagement ring in a pool or hot tub, chemicals such as chlorine and bromine can cause damage to the metal. Chlorine can eat away at metals such as 14K and solder points that are used to attach the ring’s setting. Hot tubs can be particularly problematic because the high temperature accelerate the chemical breakdown. It's best to remove your engagement ring before getting into a pool or hot tub to avoid potential damage.
Can Summer damage my engagement ring?
It sure can! Summer brings a number of potentially damaging circumstances that threaten your engagement ring. Things like pool chemicals, sunscreen, and swollen fingers can all put your ring at risk. For example, chlorine can erode certain precious metals and solder, used to attach your ring’s center stone setting. Sunscreen fills the nooks in your ring and traps sand, dirt, and dead skin. Also, humid weather can cause fingers to swell which becomes a problem when you take a cool swim and suddenly your finger swelling goes down, allowing your ring to slip off your finger. We recommended taking extra care of your engagement ring during the summer months to avoid potential damage. Finally, make sure to get your engagement ring insured in case of loss.
Can my lifestyle affect my engagement ring?
Your lifestyle has a big impact on your engagement ring. If you lead an active lifestyle, with lots of physical activity, you may want to consider a ring with a lower profile and a more secure setting to prevent damage or loss of stones. Additionally, if you work with your hands or use abrasive materials, you may want to choose a more durable metal such as platinum or make a habit of removing your ring while at work. On the other hand, if you have a more sedentary lifestyle, you may have more flexibility in your ring choice. Ultimately, it's important to choose a ring that fits your lifestyle and personal preferences.
How often do I need to get my engagement ring checked by a jeweler?
Regularly! A lack of maintenance can turn the smallest problems into the biggest problems. Having a jeweler review your ring allows for any potential damage or wear to be identified and addressed before it becomes a major problem. However, if you notice any changes in the appearance or feel of your ring, such as loose stones or a bent band, it is best to have it checked as soon as possible and not wait for a yearly check.