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What To Do If Your Engagement Ring Diamond Comes Loose

While engagement ring settings are designed specifically to hold center diamonds, there are many ways the diamond may become loose. If this happens, you must take action immediately to prevent losing the diamond. Engagement rings can be damaged in many ways. Even cleaning an engagement ring has the potential to loosen the diamond. To help customers prevent diamonds coming loose, we’ve compiled this guide to preventing loose diamonds as well as what to do if a diamond comes loose.

Preventing Loose Diamonds

Depending on your day to day lifestyle and your job, you may not even wear your engagement every day. For women who spend a lot of time relying on their hands for work, keeping the engagement ring in a safe place will help prevent damage to the ring itself. However, it is still necessary to regularly clean and care for your ring at home. When cleaning an engagement ring, be sure to use an actual jewelry cleaner to prevent unknown chemicals from causing damage. You can also make your own jewelry cleaner by mixing a lukewarm water with a mild dishwashing soap. Only use a soft brush, and be careful of the diamond’s setting. Additionally, you should have a jeweler professionally clean your ring every six to twelve months. While ultrasonic cleaning by a professional jeweler can loosen the diamond, a professional jeweler will tighten the diamond after each cleaning.

When The Diamond Comes Loose

If notice the center diamond on your engagement ring to be loose, the first thing you should do is take it off. Keep the ring in a safe spot, such as a jewelry box lined with a clean, soft cloth. Next, it is important to contact a professional jeweler who can tighten the prongs that hold the diamond in place. Different engagement rings will contain different settings, but usually these are four or six prongs. Typically, a jeweler will fix a loose diamond for little to no cost, and most jewelers include the service in the price of cleaning.

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A classic pave engagement ring with a four prong setting. Keeping the prongs tightened will prevent the diamond from coming loose.

 

Overall, the most important steps are remove the ring, store it in a safe place, and take it to a jeweler. Wearing a ring after you notice that the center diamond comes loose could result in the loss of your diamond. Play it safe and have your diamond engagement ring looked at by a professional right away.

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How to Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring

If you have ever wondered how to clean your diamond engagement ring, be sure to follow these easy steps listed below. If you don’t clean your ring the right way, you could do more harm than good to your diamond and setting.

Chemicals and oils can cause buildup on your diamond engagement ring and dull the surface. Sometimes a ring that has not been cleaned in awhile can look a lot less valuable than it actually is. Keeping your diamond engagement ring clean is an easy process that can be quickly accomplished with a few simple steps.

A non abrasive gentle detergent can be used, to protect the metal that the diamond is set in from scratches. It is important to use a soap that is not oil based or it will leave a film defeating the purpose of cleaning your diamond engagement ring.

* Fill a shallow bowl with the detergent and some water at about a 3:1 ratio in favor of the water, typically a few squirts of liquid dishwashing liquid with about a cup of warm water will suffice.
* Mix it up and place the engagement ring in the water to soak.
* After about fifteen minutes of soak time remove the ring from the water and use a soft rated toothbrush to gently clean the ring.
* To loosen and built up debris, replace the ring in the sudsy water again for a few additional minutes than rinse in a bowl of cool clear water (using a sink is not a great idea for rinsing because your ring may end up down the drain or could slip from your grasp and be lost, better safe than sorry).
* Once the ring has been rinsed look closely to see if any debris or build up is evident under the stone, between the stone and setting if so you can use a toothpick to gently free any debris.
* Once all the debris has been removed, again rinse the ring in the clean water bath and dry it using a lint free cloth. A good example of a lint free cloth is the type of cloth that is sold to clean eye glasses or computer screens.

To avoid damage to the diamond engagement ring and to keep it looking its best it is a good choice not to wear the ring when applying any kind of body lotion, hair products, perfume or makeup. All of these products can cause film and buildup to form on the diamond engagement ring and can also damage the setting.

Taking a few minutes a month to clean your diamond engagement ring will insure that your diamond truly is forever.