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The honeymoon is over and it’s time to get back to normal life, and you want your gorgeous rings to last long enough that they can become beautiful heirlooms, right? We see damaged rings in our store every day for service, and sometimes that damage can be prevented.
Here are a few times you should take your rings off and store them in a safe place:
1. Working Out
Whether you’re just taking it easy on an elliptical, going on a run, or hitting it hard in the weight room, the gym is no place for diamonds. For one, sweat will dull the brilliance of your precious metals and gemstones. But heavy blows to your rings can bend them out of shape causing stones to loosen or fall out, or even crack.
Harsh chemicals can take quite a toll on your gemstones and precious metals, sometimes even changing their color. Not to mention, no one has ever scrubbed a stubborn spot slowly & gently, and all that elbow grease can really bang up your beautiful ring!
Do you really want ground beef jammed under your diamond? No? Doesn’t sound appetizing to us either.
If there’s one time you MUST take your rings off, it’s when you’re swimming. Cool water can shrink your fingers, making it easy for them to slip off and get lost, for one. Chlorine, on the other hand, can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring and your gold or white-gold setting. There’s no good reason to wear your ring in the pool or the lake!
That creamy moisturizer makes your hands feel amazing, but make your ring look dull and dirty over time. Once your hands have dried, slip that sparkle back on and you’ll look great!
The most coveted of the birthstones, the diamond is the gemstone for April birthdays. It’s almost a cliché to say that “diamonds are forever,” but when we think about timeless gemstones the diamond is always the first to come to mind. Diamonds were formed between 1-3 million years ago in the earth’s mantle, then thrust to the surface of the earth through volcanic vents.
Diamonds are prized for their ability to refract light into a rainbow of colors, which jewelers refer to as, “fire.” Another key element to the diamond’s timelessness is its ability to sparkle when hit with the light, which jewelers refer to as “scintillation.” An expert cut creates a number of visual effects in the light, which is one reason why diamonds are so cherished by every generation.
While one of the hardest gemstones (with a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale!), it is a common misconception that diamonds are unsusceptible to harm. In spite of their strength, diamonds can chip or crack, which is one reason why it’s important to regularly check in with a qualified local jeweler.
“Wearing your fine jewelry appropriately can extend its life. It is important to remove jewelry during high-risk activities such as exercising, gardening, cooking and swimming, during which gemstones can become chipped or loose in their settings.
“Because they are so hard, when diamonds become loose in their settings, they can actually cut through the metal holding them in place. Regular examinations by a qualified local jeweler can help detect problems early, and prevent gemstone loss. More importantly, purchasing quality jewelry is the first step toward ensuring lasting value. A well-built mounting will hold and protect your gemstones for years,” says Deb Miller, owner of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry.
As “engagement season” and summer weddings fast approach, many brides and grooms will select diamond rings to represent the timelessness of their love as they make a lifetime commitment to each other, and their choice is based in truth.
Diamonds have played an important part in numerous cultures for thousands of years. As early as the fourth century BC, the diamond trade began in India, making it to Western Europe in the 1400s. Diamonds and other gemstones have been held in high regard by numerous cultures, believed to provide the wearer strength and to carry healing properties. In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder stated, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”
Regardless of whether celebrating an April birthday, making a lifetime commitment, or treating someone for Mother’s Day, a diamond is a truly timeless way to declare your love.
- a piece of string
- a marker
- a ruler with mm or millimeter markings on it
Wrap the string around the largest part of your finger, this in most cases is the base of the finger in which you want to wear the ring, however in some cases this is the knuckle above where you want the ring. Mark the string where it meets on your finger and measure it with the ruler, make sure to measure it using the mm or millimeter settings.
Want to buy a ring as a gift and you are not sure of the size. Sneak a ring that you know fits and slide it over a tapered candle. follow the directions above and measure the candle where the ring stops on the candle.
Tip: finger sizes can change during the course of the day. To ensure the best fit measure your finger at the end of the day. Or measure a couple of times during the day and order your ring in the largest size that you measured.
Here is a selection of our beautiful jewelry! Stop in the store for much, much more. Happy window shopping!