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It is important to remember that precious metals and gemstones are porous. This means that they react to what they come in contact with, whether it’s water, chemicals, or other hard surfaces. Use these guidelines to properly care for your jewelry, so that it lasts for many lifetimes and remains as close to its original condition as possible.
*These steps can safely be used for all diamond and sapphire jewelry in good condition that is set in gold or platinum.
Your engagement ring is literally 100 years old! You are fortunate to be wearing a beautiful piece of history that is truly one-of-a-kind. All antique pieces must be worn mindfully and treated with care. While we do inspect and restore every antique that we sell, that does not mean your ring is impervious to damage. Therefore, we recommend getting your ring inspected at least every six months. You will most likely have to repair your ring more than once throughout its life- but that’s okay! As jewelers, we do all crucial restorations on an antique piece prior to sale, meaning that at the time it leaves the store we expect that all parts of the ring will remain in tact in the immediate future. However, we do our best to change very little so that the piece is as close to its original state as possible. Common repairs include re-shanking (replacing the band with new metal) and retipping prongs (adding more metal to the setting to keep gemstone secure). We recommend removing your ring before doing the dishes, gardening, scrubbing a bathtub, and doing any activity that could damage your hands. Wearing gloves can help with this, but we like to err on the side of caution to keep your engagement ring beautiful for years to come!