The diamond engagement ring is the quintessential symbol of the beginning of a real romantic commitment in many countries around the world, and more and more people are starting to choose antique or vintage diamond engagement rings instead of modern styles.
There are many reasons for this, including the fact that these items are often far more original in their designs, and can offer something extra special for this important step in life. However, these vintage and antique pieces will often require a little extra care than modern engagement rings, as with time they are likely to have become more fragile.
With this in mind, it is necessary to put in place a care routine for all items of antique and vintage jewellery that you own, especially vintage diamond engagement rings. As these items hold a great deal of sentimental value, they must be cared for so that they last a lifetime and can even be passed down to children and relatives at a later date.
The first part of caring for the jewellery is to make sure that it is stored in a safe place, and that it is protected from certain elements. These destructive elements include moisture, fluctuating temperatures and even light.
All of these elements can deteriorate your jewellery, and therefore steps should be taken to reduce the risk of this happening at all costs. One of the things that can be done is putting your jewellery in a padded and breathable box for storage and keep it in part of your home where the temperature is stable and not extremely cold or extremely warm.
The place where you keep your jewellery should also be well ventilated and well as the jewellery box is, in order to stop moisture from building up and causing damage. This is the first vital part of caring for your vintage diamond engagement rings, but you will also need to take care when wearing and cleaning them too.
One of the biggest problems with antique and vintage jewellery is that they are already more fragile and worn than other pieces, so any damage done with be more apparent. Damage that can often occur is scratching, so take steps to ensure that you are extra careful when wearing jewellery, and do not store in a box where it can rub again other items that you may have.
Wearing jewellery can also have a destructive effect, as oils and acids from the environment can cause deterioration of metals and fixings in your jewellery. For this reason, take extra care to clean items gently on a regular basis, and always clean them before putting them back into storage.
Cleaning should bed one according to the metal and the type of gemstone that you have. In the case of diamond engagement rings, these precious stones are quite tough and durable, so often an ammonia based solution is acceptable. This will differ for more delicate stones however.
All different metals will have different cleaning techniques, so check online for a guide to cleaning the particular type of metal of your ring or speak to an experienced jeweller that deals with antique or vintage jewellery. It is worth remembering that cleaning should be gentle, and over-cleaning will actually cause more damage to your items.
Finally, seeking out prompt repairs is vital for those who have invested in antique or vintage diamond engagement rings. If you notice any problems at all, take your item to an antique jewellery dealer, and they will be able to carry out specialist and careful repairs on it. In all cases, make sure that you choose someone with experience dealing with antique and vintage jewellery for the best results.