What’s the Correct Way to Wear Your Wedding Ring?

You have several options to consider when it comes to the "right way" to wear your wedding ring, so decide what suits your personality and lifestyle! Ideally, you should wear your ring in a way that is both protective and minimizes strain on your beautiful diamond ring.
It is undeniable that your engagement or wedding ring is one of the most precious objects in your life. In addition to its monetary value, your ring is certainly worth protecting because of its sentimental value as well.
Engagement and Wedding Rings
When you maintain your engagement ring, you will be able to extend its lifespan and keep it looking beautiful for a lifetime. How do you wear your wedding ring?
  • Does your ring get the best care possible?
  • Do you annually see your jeweler?
  • Did you invest in a lifetime service guarantee?
Here are ten tips on extending the lifespan of your diamond ring, plus our handy dos and don'ts guide.

When Wearing a Diamond Ring Do…

  • Do invest in a high-quality ring and setting from a reputable jeweler to set yourself up for success.
  • Do regularly inspect your diamond jewelry.
  • Do purchase a lifetime service guarantee.
  • Do invest in a high-quality jewelry box.
  • At least once a year, do see your jeweler to inspect your ring and other precious pieces for loose prongs and worn mountings. In addition, your jeweler can professionally clean and polish them.

When Wearing a Diamond Ring Do Not…

  • Do not let chlorine bleach come in contact with your ring when doing household chores. Mountings can be damaged and discolored by it. For the same reason avoid wearing your ring in a chlorinated swimming pool.
  • Do not wear it when you're doing rough work. Hard blows can chip diamonds, no matter how durable they are.
  • Do not neglect decorative settings that require a little extra time and care. Despite their beauty, they need extra care when being cleaned, stored, and worn with other rings.
  • Do not store all your diamond pieces in one drawer or case together, since diamonds can scratch other jewelry and can even scratch one another.
  • Do not leave your ring on the rim of a sink when washing your hands. Your precious piece can easily slip down the drain.
  • Do not take your rings off to wash your hands in a public place. Many rings are lost this way.

9 Tips on How to Prolong Your Diamond Ring

We all wear our rings differently. Wearing environments and wear and tear will vary between users, so some will be more robustly worn and some will be more delicately cared for.
Over time, seemingly harmless activities like clapping at a concert or accidentally hitting a counter too hard can cause long-term damage. Even if you didn't wear your rings while weightlifting or gardening, things can still happen.
In order to maintain the beauty and longevity of your engagement ring, you must take care of it. Performing proper maintenance also helps ensure you won’t lose your diamond or gemstone due to a weakened prong. Although diamonds are durable, they aren't immune to damage.
It is crucial to take action before problems worsen to ensure years of uninterrupted enjoyment. Here are some expert tips to support the safety and sparkle of your sentimental diamond ring.

1. Decorative Rings Need Extra TLC

Legato Sleek Line Pave Diamond Wedding Set
Legato Sleek Line Pave Diamond Wedding Set
Pavé rings, such as those adorned with multiple small diamonds, are susceptible to shedding small stones. Extra care and consideration should be given to the more intricate, exposed, and delicate styles.
For those with certain bridal sets, we recommend ring spacers. An engagement ring and wedding band can be enhanced both in beauty and durability by wearing a spacer band between them. Basically, it is just a very thin metal ring worn between two rings to act as a buffer.
Spacer bands can also be used to fill gaps created by certain combinations of rings that do not fit flush by themselves.
To prevent any damage from their rings moving against one another, some brides even solder their wedding and engagement rings together.
If your heart desires a showstopper of a piece with a large diamond, we often recommend more prongs. For example, a six-prong setting can provide more protection for your diamond than four-prong settings. While four prongs can adequately secure a diamond, six-prong settings provide security even in the unlikely event that a prong breaks off entirely.

2. Purchase a Lifetime Service Guarantee

Purchasing a jewelry insurance policy for your fine jewelry investment can provide you with great assurance. We recommend Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co, a leading insurance specialist, while we do not sell insurance ourselves.
They offer all-risk personal jewelry policies that cover theft, loss, and damage. They also offer service plans that can cover repairs for a lifetime. Our jewelry insurance page offers convenient access to quotes and application forms for our clients. You cannot put a price on peace of mind.

3. Invest in a High-Quality Jewelry Box

You should avoid storing diamond jewelry next to other jewelry pieces, even if it is tempting when you have many fine accessories.
Whiteflash Presentation Ring Box
The ideal jewelry case is one with separate compartments and a fabric lining. Each piece of jewelry can also be individually wrapped in soft tissue paper or placed in a jewelry pouch for added protection. For added security, place the jewelry case in a lockbox or fireproof safe. We provide the highest quality packaging available. Visually exciting, with an unmistakable feel of luxury, our solid wood jewelry boxes are carefully designed to reflect the exceptional quality of the treasures inside.
Engagement Ring Box

4. Regularly Inspect Your Diamond Ring (And Get Experts Too!)

You should regularly examine your diamond jewelry to ensure the setting is secure. If you notice any signs of damage or loosening of the prongs, bring it to a professional jeweler immediately.
Diamond jewelry should be examined by a professional jeweler at least once a year. Your financial and emotional investment in your special treasures will be better protected when you take the time to do this.
In addition to performing any necessary repairs, your jeweler can clean your jewelry professionally. Encrusted dirt on diamonds must be removed with ultrasonic cleaners. Using high-frequency sound waves, ultrasonic cleaners use vibrating fluid to loosen accumulated dirt and grime. Steam is then used to get the piece immaculately clean.
Our Whiteflash representatives are happy to provide advice on suitable cleaning methods and products.

5. Clean at Home When You Can

Using creams, skin oils, hairspray, household chemicals, and other substances on a regular basis can dull your diamond's brilliance. And it’s more common than you think.
We’ve created this handy video to help you look after your diamond, and have a dedicated page on how to care for your jewelry and engagement rings.

6. Avoid Wearing Your Ring During Interactive Activities

It is advisable not to wear fine jewelry while performing activities that can cause excessive wear and tear, such as exercising at the gym or working in the yard. It is surprising how easily this can be overlooked.
Performing such activities can damage your jewelry and require expensive repairs, or cause it to become so dirty that professional cleaning must be performed to restore its luster.
While it might seem acceptable to take a leisurely dip in the pool, chlorine can degrade gold alloys, so it's important to remove your jewelry before entering the pool. In general, swimming with rings on is risky, as water tends to shrink and lubricate fingers, making them more likely to fall off.

7. Replate White Gold or Opt for Platinum

It is natural for gold and platinum to scratch and abrade during normal use. Despite platinum's long-term durability, 14k and 18k gold products are actually harder and more scratch-resistant than platinum.
Gold and platinum are susceptible to bending depending on their thickness. In particular, thinner rings can sometimes become out-of-round from gripping action. However, when you scratch platinum the metal is just displaced and does not flake off. It can be polished multiple times without loss of metal. The same cannot be said about gold.
To give white gold products a bright white luster and shine, they are almost always plated with rhodium. In order to maintain the luster of a white gold product, it may need to be periodically re-plated over time, depending on wearing conditions, lifestyle, and body chemistry.
Plating is not required for platinum, making it a low-maintenance metal and a great option for both wedding and engagement rings.

8. Invest From the Get-Go

Even if you cannot see for yourself, there are blemishes and inclusions in the vast majority of diamonds, which are characteristics related to clarity. It is only the surface of the diamond that is affected by blemishes. An inclusion is an internal characteristic of a diamond either completely contained within it or extending into it from the surface.
The clarity scale ranges from Flawless (no internal or external features visible to a trained grader under 10x magnification) to imperfect diamonds that are so heavily included they lack transparency and have durability issues.
Diamond Clarity Scale
Simulated Representation of the Diamond Clarity Scale
Low-quality diamonds with significant durability problems do not usually survive the friction and pressure during cutting. There are, however, certain types of inclusions that can damage a cut diamond, especially if they're near the girdle.
It is possible for the stone to chip if it is struck precisely on a feather or other surface-reaching inclusion. Before purchasing a diamond, you should consider its clarity characteristics. It may be eye clean, but having access to professional certification for a trusted diamond lab, high-quality imagery and video and diagrams of your diamonds cannot be overlooked. It is essential you purchase from a reputable jeweler who prioritizes this.

9. Do Your Due Diligence

It is worth noting that there are some diamond shapes and cuts that are more prone to chipping because they have points or sharp corners. The rectangular or square-shaped princess cut, marquise, pear, and heart shapes are all prime examples.
The purpose of this isn't to discourage you from purchasing one of these shapes, just make sure it's set in a manner that protects the more vulnerable areas of the diamond and cut quality is not compromised. Regardless of the diamond shape, very thin girdles, also known as knife-edge girdles, are more likely to be damaged.
It is important to do your diligence as a buyer, do your research into reputable jewelers and seek advice of experts if necessary.
So, how do you wear your wedding ring now? Hopefully with all the tips and expertise in mind from the advice above.
Whiteflash provides high-quality fine jewelry that is durable and handcrafted with care so that you can enjoy it for years to come. In order to limit the possibility of damage to your diamond, we always suggest the best cut and clarity that your budget will allow. Our experts will also recommend the safest settings to protect your precious stone from everyday wear and tear.
We also suggest The Ultimate Care Plan. You are protected from a range of problems resulting from normal wear, which is far superior to a plan limited only to "defects in materials and workmanship". The Whiteflash Ultimate Care Plan provides peace of mind as our service guarantee is provided by the leading specialist in personal jewelry protection.
In some circumstances, this plan may cover loss of the center stone, ring sizing, diamond prong repair, and missing accent stones. It even covers both ways of shipping! This is just one more way we at Whiteflash can support you and your exquisite diamond wedding rings well into the future.

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