No matter how careful you try to be, accidents happen. Engagement ring settings are worn every day and therefore more likely to find themselves in a disaster situation. With any disaster, the important thing is to stay calm and be prepared. This means knowing solutions to some of the most common pitfalls and of course – learning from your mistakes.
Broken, Bent, Or Missing Prong
In the cold of winter, you pull your hand out of your mitten and you feel your ring catch on a thread. Snap! A prong breaks off. What do you do?
One of the most common repairs for engagement rings settings is for a broken, bent, or missing prong. Prongs are put in place to protect the diamond. As a rule of thumb, a diamond should have no less than four prongs to secure it in place. Six is more common and will help to give the diamond extra protection.
If you notice that your ring has an issue with one of the prongs, check the others. Run your finger over the setting to feel for other prongs that may be lifted or sharp.
The best thing to do is take the ring off and put it into a safe place until you can get it to a jeweler. Wearing a diamond with weak or missing prongs increases the likelihood that you will lose the diamond. A prong repair on engagement ring settings is relatively inexpensive, compared to the cost of replacing a diamond.
Crud In The Nooks And Cranies
You love your bi-weekly manicure. Usually, you remember to take off your rings, this time you didn’t and you got a parafin wax treatment. Now there is wax stuck in the filigree of your ring! What to do?
Engagement ring settings with filigree, engraving, or other fine details are highly susceptible to collecting all manner of dirt and crud. There are a number of cleaning solutions depending on your situation. For most jobs, a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water will do the trick.
Getting wax, ink, or sticky substances out of engagement ring settings can be a little harder. If you can’t get to a jeweler who can clean the ring with an ultrasonic or steam machine, you may need to get creative. Soaking the ring in warm soapy water may help to loosen sticky substances.
Never use abrasive cleaners on engagement ring settings, including toothpaste, or chemicals like bleach. Doing so can actually do more harm than good and cost you extra money at the jewelers.
Hitting The Gym
There is nothing like a good workout at the end of a hard day. Who thinks about taking off their ring? You look down and see your ring is all scratched and out of round. Now what?
One of the most common things a jeweler sees are engagement ring settings abused by gym goers. Contact with other metals such as free weights causes rings to scratch. Tight grips and weights can cause the ring to bend and flatten out. A professional jeweler can easily repair engagement ring settings that have this kind of damage.
If you need a quick fix until you can get to the jeweler, there are a few tricks you can use. Light scratches on engagement ring settings will often buff out using a polishing cloth. These cloths are specifically designed for jewelry and contain a very light abrasive material that will bring the jewelry back to a shine.