You’ve finally got the gorgeous diamond engagement ring you’ve been dreaming of, shining brightly on your left hand. And of course you want to make sure it stays that way. But what happens when it’s time to head to the beach? How do you protect it? Whether you’re headed to the beach for a day of relaxation, a vacation or your beach wedding, here are the top 10 Do’s and Don’ts to help you keep your diamond engagement ring shiny and sparkly for years to come.
Beach Wedding Ideas: How to Protect Your Diamond Engagement Ring
1. DO Remove Your Ring Before Applying Sunscreen or Lotion
Of course, always apply sunscreen before you head to the beach (and reapply once you get there) but make sure that you remove your diamond engagement ring before you apply your sunscreen. It might seem unnecessary but sunscreen can cause a film to build up on your diamond ring that will dull its sparkle and shine. The same thing goes for everyday body lotion so make sure you always remove your rings before you apply it.
2. DON’T Wear Your Ring to Swim
Not only is the salt water not good for your diamond engagement ring, the cold of the ocean can actually make your fingers shrink! And smaller fingers equals a ring that could very easily fall off – the last thing you’d want to happen to your beautiful diamond ring. What’s more you might not even notice your ring has fallen off until later on! Instead take your ring off and keep it somewhere safe and secure.
3. DON’T Wear Your Ring in Salt Water
Even if you’re not planning on going for a swim, make sure you aren’t wearing your ring anywhere near salt water. Some metals fare better than others in salt water, but be cautious regardless. That’s because salt in the ocean is extremely corrosive to metals like copper, gold and rose gold. Rose gold is especially sensitive to salt water as it will corrode much faster than traditional yellow or white gold. Salt water can also damage the overall appearance of your diamond by dulling the stones and causing them to become less shiny.
4. DO Store Your Rings Properly
Your beautiful diamond engagement ring deserves more than just being tossed in your beach bag. It needs to be stored in a clean, dry and well-ventilated place – whether you’re at the beach or at home! Your ring should also be stored separately from your other jewelry – especially pieces with different metals than your ring. If you think you’re going to be taking your engagement ring on and off often, it is wise to invest in a good quality ring box or jewelry case designed specifically for storage.
5. DON’T Wear Your Ring in the Sand
While this might not be a huge deal, it is still a good idea to take extra precautions when you’re at the beach. Most diamonds and metals (like gold and platinum) will usually be fine if they come into contact with the sand, but you can never be too careful. Plus wearing your diamond engagement ring in the sand could lead to small sand particles getting stuck in between the diamond and metal setting, which could then potentially loosen the stones of your ring. This is definitely something you want to avoid as a loose stone could mean a lost stone!
6. DO Take Your Ring to a Jeweler for Cleaning and Maintenance
After a long day at the beach, what’s the first thing you do when you get home? Probably a nice shower to clean off all that sand and salt water. The same should go for your diamond engagement ring too. Take your ring to a jeweler to get a professional cleaning and maintenance check to keep your diamond looking beautiful.
7. DON’T Leave Your Ring in a Plastic Bag
Before going for a dip in the ocean, you might just think to throw your diamond ring in a plastic bag. Nice and easy, right? But not so fast – leaving your ring in a plastic bag is not the best idea. A plastic bag actually cuts off all the air to your ring, increasing the temperature – which can then lead to a chemical reaction between your ring and the plastic bag. Instead leave your ring in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place.
8. DO Leave Your Ring at Home
If you know you’re just going to the beach for the day, then leave your diamond engagement ring at home! It’s the easiest way to ensure that you won’t lose or damage your ring while you’re on the beach. Because once damage has occurred it can be difficult to repair.
9. DO Use Anti-Theft Measures
The best way you can protect your gorgeous diamond engagement ring is to use some form of anti-theft. Best Brilliance Anti-Theft Laser Inscription is the best and most effective way to ensure your treasured investment will remain that way for years to come. Their laser inscription service ensures that you will be able to identify your diamond by a microscopic inscription placed on the girdle of your stone. Invisible to the naked eye, the inscription can be seen by microscope or with a loupe and does not adversely affect the value of your diamond. Your laser inscribed Best Brilliance diamond comes with a certificate that includes the unique laser inscribed number on it for reference so you’ll always be able to identify your precious diamond ring in case of theft or loss.
10. DO Insure Your Ring
Your diamond engagement ring is probably one of the most valuable pieces of jewelry you own, so make sure you’re taking proper care of it by having it insured. Even with all the extra precautions you might take, there’s a chance it could get lost or stolen. Insuring it will only bring you peace of mind that your ring is well taken care of!
There’s no reason why you can’t spend a great day at the beach with your gorgeous diamond engagement ring. Before you hit the beach, though, just remember to follow the tips and tricks above and your beautiful ring will stay gorgeous and shiny for years to come. Still looking for that perfect diamond engagement ring or wedding band? Look no further than Best Brilliance! Their affordable selection of diamond engagement rings and wedding bands is unparalleled.