How to Take Care of Your Engagement Ring to Preserve Its Looks and Value

Updated on December 6, 2021
Man hiding his wifes eyes to offer her an engagement ring for a marriage proposal

For those who are not accustomed to wearing jewelry, often a wedding band is their first experience of wearing something precious regularly. Considering that a wedding, especially if it has a diamond or other gemstone, can be pretty expensive, it is natural for you to wonder how to take good care of these lab diamond engagement rings so that it keeps looking new. Some essential tips:

Clean Regularly 

Dirt or grime buildup on the ring can mar its looks, especially the diamond, which will lose its sparkle. However, restoring your precious ring to its pristine condition is not difficult. You should soak your ring in a bowl of warm water to which you have added a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Leave it for 30 minutes or and scrub it clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse it under running water and pat dry with a clean soft towel. Use a hairdryer, recommends a Huffington Post report. Clean your ring once a month to keep it looking new. With regular use, it is natural for it to become dull and scratched. You can give it to a professional jeweler for a thorough cleaning and polishing job.

Do a Prong Check Regularly 

Prongs hold the stone in place securely but are subject to wear and tear. A bent or a broken prong can make it easy for the stone to fall off, which is why you should periodically inspect them and the setting to see that the stone is sitting tightly. Having it checked annually by a reputed jeweler is a sensible thing to do.

Know When to Take Off Your Ring

It is better to take your ring off if you are going to work with your hands doing the plumbing, gardening, working out, or playing contact sports. The ring can take a hard knock that can loosen the stone, scratch it, or ding it. These metals can also corrode if exposed to harsh chemicals in detergents, toilet soaps, cosmetics, etc. You should also not take a dip in the pool or go swimming in the sea to avoid exposure to chlorine and saltwater. Further, exposure to water can make your finger shrink, and the ring can easily fall off and get lost. You should be careful about is taking off the ring to wash your hands at a sink. You can easily leave it behind, or the ring may disappear down the drain, never to be seen again. It is also important to store the ring properly when you are not wearing it. Keep it in a separate pouch or compartment in a jewelry box to prevent it from getting scratched with contact with other jewelry.


Rings are pretty tough and can withstand the wear and tear of daily use if you use them gently and take care of them. Buying insurance for your wedding ring can be a good idea because while the emotional value cannot ever be replaced, at least it will make it easier to afford a new ring if you lose it. 


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