Ring Tips & Care: The Complete Guide

A ring, whether for fashion or a symbol of love, is one of the most special possessions you’ll have. A ring with a stunning setting and gorgeous diamonds or gemstones is a great way to accentuate your style and your personality. 

Too often, people don’t properly take care of their rings. This can lead to fading colours, cloudy gems, and even broken or lost rings. Diamonds are tough, but not invincible. 

We want our clients to enjoy their rings for a lifetime. So, we crafted the ultimate guide to ring care from Alberta Diamond Exchange! 

The Dos 

DO keep it clean

Let’s face it; life can be a mess. Indoor or outdoor, day or night, your stuff will get dirty over time. You wash your car and do your laundry regularly, so why not take a few minutes to wash your ring too?

Alberta Diamond Exchange can professionally wash your ring, or you can clean it at home with lukewarm water, mild dish detergent, and a soft-bristle brush. 

DO bring it in for inspection every 3 to 6 months

Alberta Diamond Exchange sells some of the most durable and well-built rings available, but even the best need check-ups occasionally. Plan to come in for an inspection every 3 to 6 months. During your inspection, we will check for worn, loose, or broken prongs. We will also make sure that all your diamonds look good, and that your entire ring is structurally sound. After we inspect your ring, we professionally clean your ring so it’ll look spotless when you get it back!

DO store it properly, in a pouch or box is best

Proper storage for your ring can keep it from getting lost or being damaged from improper storage. Pro tip: keep ring dishes around the house. That way, you have a place to put it close by.

DO take it off before applying lotions

Lotion on your ring can be bad business. They can make your ring look dirty. Simply take the ring off, apply the lotion until it’s fully absorbed into your skin, then put the ring back on!

DO insure it!

While your engagement ring may be a symbol of your undying love, insurance will help protect you in case of loss, theft, or fire. Alberta Diamond Exchange suggests contacting your current provider to add a “rider” to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to cover your ring. No matter what you choose, always have some sort of insurance. 

The Don’ts 

DON’T wear it to the gym, ever!

Never wear your ring to the gym! A large portion of the ring damage we see every year is from people wearing their rings to the gym. Weights, equipment, and heavy activity aren’t good for your ring; store it safely while you work out or leave it at home.

DON’T wear it in the shower

The shower is also a terrible place to wear your ring. The chemicals found in most shampoos and conditioners can damage your ring, plus there’s a high chance of losing it down the drain! A ring dish would be great in the bathroom! 

DON’T wear it to bed

Sleeping with your ring places unnecessary pressure on your prongs, which can wear them out. Fibers from your bedding can also make their way underneath your ring’s prongs, causing them to lift or break. So be sure to take off your ring before you turn in for the night. 

DON’T wear it in the water

Oceans, lakes, rivers, and pools can all be bad news! Water can constrict your finger, causing your ring to suddenly become very loose. Before you know it, your ring is swept away! Pools treated with chlorine are especially bad for your ring, so be sure to take it off before you cannonball! 

DON’T wear it doing housework

Unless you’re doing extremely light housework, it’s probably best to take off your ring. Even simple tasks like moving the couch a little can harm your ring. Just toss your ring in a ring dish before you get down to business. 

Choose Alberta Diamond Exchange For All Your Jewellery Needs

Do you have more questions about how to care for your ring, or are you looking for a new ring to add to your collection? Alberta Diamond Exchange is Canada’s premier jewellry provider, carrying the world’s finest in bridal and fashion accessories. 

Contact us or stop by our shop today!

Three Engagement Rings Future Brides Will Adore Now and Forever

engagement ringWhen it comes to proposing to the person we love, we want to get everything right, especially the ring! The ring, aside from the marriage itself, of course, is the most permanent part of the proposal, so there is—understandably—a lot of pressure in getting the right ring.

At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we pride ourselves on beautiful engagement rings. We know you can find or design the perfect ring for your special someone at our store.

Check out these trends for some awesome engagement ring inspiration.

Trend #1: Colored Stones

Colored stones have risen in popularity over the last couple of years. From designing rings with different colored diamonds to using nontraditional ones as engagement rings, you have options. Sapphire is a great choice for an engagement ring, as they are the closest to thing to diamonds in hardness, and come in every colour! Some of the most popular colours currently are light peach pinks, light blues, and blue-greens.  

Trend #2: Navette Rings

The term “navette” in navette rings actually stands for “little ship,” which is probably something you wouldn’t think about when shopping around for the perfect engagement ring. However, it just refers to the design of the ring, which resembles a small ship. Navette rings were popular in the Victorian era but have risen in popularity at other points throughout time. If your special someone wants something alternative, vintage-looking (even when it’s brand new), or something that looks like it’s straight out of the Victorian era, plain and simple, these are the rings to choose.

Trend #3: Vintage Art Deco Rings

Vintage will never go out of style, no matter what the term “vintage” is referring to, and the same goes for vintage art deco rings. Now, this style of engagement ring has risen in popularity immensely over the past couple of years. Each ring produced in this style is unique and honestly, to die for. While you may be able to custom design one mimicking the style, your best bet is to shop vintage!

Contact Alberta Diamond Exchange Today!

Whether you’re looking for a vintage ring or to custom design the perfect one, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Gifts For Him and Her: Your Guide to the Perfect Christmas Gifts, Even If It’s Last Minute!

 

The clock is ticking as Christmas Day draws closer and closer.  Though we’d like to think we’re not the last minute shopper kind, when it comes to finding something for our significant other, it can be quite challenging. We all want that one gift that will make his or her eyes light up from the very moment they open it. There’s nothing quite as perfect as than the sparkle in their eyes and the backdrop of a Christmas tree. But before we can get to that moment, we must find that one item! Here at Alberta Diamond Exchange, we’re all about helping you create a magical Christmas moment. 

For Her: Earrings She’ll Show Off All Throughout the New Year

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It was in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ where we learned “You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you,” as uttered by the iconic Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn. While you may not abide by this notion, gifting your lady a pair of diamond earrings will certainly tell her you care.

Diamond earrings are ideal for the fashionista who loves to accessorize just as much as they are the minimalist beauty who adores accentuating with one piece of jewelry. We recommend a pair of round bezel diamonds studs. These round stunners are ideal for daywear just as much as they an evening dinner. Another perfect contender is the 1.00ctw Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earrings given their equally beautiful, equally versatile look. If your loved one already wears hoop earrings, then this pair is guaranteed to win her over. For those who know their lovely lady adores yellow gold and whose style is more aligned with vintage and classic pieces, the Buttercup Diamond Studs are a true winner! If you can picture her in this charming pair, then come see us today and we’ll help box them up in the prettiest bow.  

For Him: A Watch He’ll Use and Treasure For Years to Come

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In the same essence as Golightly’s motto, it was fashion designer Giorgio Armani who said, “A watch is one of the most important things that you buy, it says a lot about a person.” If your boyfriend or husband is fond of watches, consider gifting him one he’ll treasure for decades. No matter his profession or favorite pastime, a watch that captures your beau’s essence is one he will wear will satisfaction during any occasion.

Our top three choices include the following: the Rolex Submariner, the Panerai Radiomir 1940, and the Omega Seamaster. Since we are always updating our inventory of men’s watches, we recommend viewing our inventory in person. We’ll be able to help you settle on a watch that is true to his character and once you’ve found it, you might find something to treat yourself.       

Find Your Perfect Christmas Gifts Today

Christmas is the time of year to surprise your loved ones with something extra nice. A piece of jewelry is something she’ll remember for a lifetime and a watch is something he’ll treasure perpetually. Your last minute shopping habits don’t have to be compromised! Visit us today and we’ll help you find the perfect gift for him and her.  

Diamond Jewelry Trends that Will Never Go Out of Style

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Diamond jewelry has always been popular, but the way in which we wear them has evolved over time as the decades have passed. These are some of the hottest diamond jewelry and earring trends we’re seeing cropping up today that not only look great but also show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Trend #1: Dainty Jewelry

As opposed to, say, the ‘60s and ‘70s, dainty is now being favored more than gaudy. While gaudy jewelry is still stylish, many are opting for daintier diamond jewelry. From soft necklaces that lay at the base of your neck to small studs for your ears, dainty jewelry is not going away anytime soon.

Trend #2: Multiple Piercings

When it comes to diamond earrings, more is truly the merrier. A huge trend among young adults is to obtain numerous piercings and then adorn their ears with different kinds of earrings. This is also where the dainty trends come in. Because many people have numerous piercings, they often opt to wear smaller, daintier diamond earrings to make room for more earrings. This trend not only looks great but you can also get really creative with the way you pair your diamond earrings with other pieces of jewelry.

Trend #3: The Return of the Tennis Bracelet

Tennis bracelets had seemed to be dying out for a while but have made a complete resurgence in recent years—including for men! Diamond tennis bracelets are beautiful and make for the perfect addition to your collection of diamond jewelry.

Trend #4: Colored Diamonds

We’ve all heard of giving chocolate to our significant other for Valentine’s Day, but have you heard of chocolate diamonds? They’re gorgeous and last a lot longer than the average piece of chocolate. Colored diamonds, including the infamous chocolate diamond, have made a comeback. If you’re looking for something to gift to your sweetie or are looking to propose, consider a colored diamond for a unique twist on a classic look!

Diamond Jewelry at Alberta Diamond Exchange

All in all, no matter the trends or the kind of jewelry you are interested in wearing, we can help you find the best diamond jewelry you are looking for at Alberta Diamond Exchange. From custom-made engagement rings to estate jewelry and trade-ins, we carry a wide selection of diamond jewelry in our inventory. Call us today to schedule an appointment or stop by to check out our showroom!