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!

5 Unique Engagement Rings You Didn’t Know You Could Buy

alexandrite engagement ringEngagement rings are kind of a big deal — said no person ever. Engagement rings are a HUGE deal. They’re something your significant other will wear for the rest of their lives, so you want to be sure you get something special for them. But what do you do when your significant other doesn’t want a traditional diamond ring? Well, don’t fret, because you have options.

Here are five unique engagement rings that you can opt for instead of the standard white gold diamond ring.

#1: Yellow or Rose Gold Settings

White gold engagement rings were all the rage for years, but yellow and rose gold have risen in popularity over the years. Even when paired with a traditional diamond, choosing yellow or rose gold make for a unique looking ring. Plus, they look great with other stones, such as a sapphire or morganite.

#2: Alternative Gemstones For A Pop Of Colour!

If your significant other prefers a pop of color in their engagement ring, they have options! Colored diamonds come in many different colors ranging from yellow, pink to even champagne hues. Sapphires are a great option for a center stone, as they come in almost every color of the rainbow, and can typically handle day to day wear. We are seeing light pinks, blues and greens gaining more popularity every day. We carry a wide variety of rings beautifully designed with stones of all kinds. Check out our online inventory to see more!

#3: Unique Cuts

In addition to a traditional round brilliant cut diamond, there are many options that can make for a unique engagement ring. From pears to ovals, or even a vintage looking rose cut diamond. We are also seeing trillions and marquise diamonds making a comeback!

#4: Unique Design

The design of the ring is a place where you can really get creative. Whether you find a unique ring design in stock, or you are going with a full custom design, you can make a ring as unique and beautiful as your significant other.

#5: Just the Band

Many couples opt to just get a band for the engagement ring. Whether you want something plain and simple or intricate and complete with diamonds or gemstones, we’re sure you can find what you’re looking for when you shop with us.

For the Perfect Engagement Ring, Visit Alberta Diamond Exchange Today

If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind engagement ring for your significant other, we’re the place to visit. We carry numerous unique rings in our inventory and can also help you custom design one for your significant other’s unique tastes. Give us a call, check out our inventory online, or stop by our jewelry store today! We look forward to helping you.