Did Elizabeth Taylor really clean her diamond ring in gin and hot water? If so, this strategy seems to have served her well. The 33.19-carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond eventually sold for $8.8 million. Since you will probably not want to dip your precious keepsake in a cocktail to keep it shining, here are some alternate suggestions to ensure that your new engagement ring continues to burn brightly.
No matter how careful you are, your ring could be lost or stolen. Sentimental value is irreplaceable. But should the worst occur, it will be comforting to know that you can purchase a new ring and continue the great memories. It’s also a good idea to have your ring appraised periodically. The price of stones and metal fluctuates. If your diamond has increased in value, you’ll want to be sure you don’t have to downgrade on a new design.
Visit the Experts
There are some good reasons to make a trip to the jewelry store for a professional cleaning. Some jewelers offer this as a free service to their customers. Your diamond ring will be carefully inspected to ensure that there are no loose stones and an ultrasonic cleaning will renew its original fire and luster. You could also have the band polished to keep that gold surface shining. Platinum rings have special properties and challenges that make professional polishing even more important.
Touch Up At Home
A mild soap and water solution works well for touch ups. Soak your ring for fifteen minutes, then, clean the facets and the prongs with a soft brush. Dry off with chamois or some other soft cloth.
Buy a Ring Stand
Although you’ll want to wear your diamond as much as possible, there will be times when it may be inconvenient or simply not a good idea. Having a place where you always put your ring makes losing it far less likely.
Jewelers can advise you on the best ways to keep your ring as bright as your future.