Reducing the Risk of Scratches


The diamonds in engagement rings and wedding bands are more than gorgeous. They represent love and an enduring relationship. Though the jewels are quite hard, they aren’t impervious. Over time, your ring may show signs of wear and tear. A few steps will help keep them as lovely as the day you received them.

The way carbon bonds to form diamonds makes the stone incredibly hard. The only natural material that can scratch the stone is another diamond. This makes diamond rings durable enough for daily use, but it’s important they don’t rub against other jewelry. The stone’s atomic structure also makes it vulnerable in certain locations. Abrasions may occur on a girdle or facet edges.

Prongs are slim pieces of metal which hold gemstones in place. Over time, they may become loose. If your diamond engagement ring has more than one jewel, the stones may bump against each other. To discourage abrasions, bring your rings to your jeweler from time to time. Among other services, they will tighten prongs to prevent damage.

It also helps to be picky about storage. Even if your prongs are secure, brushing against other diamond bands may scratch your jewels. Placing your rings in individual jewelry box compartments lowers the risk of accidents. Those who want to be especially careful may wish to place their rings in separate bags or boxes.

People who wear their engagement and wedding rings one atop the other might want to take an extra step. Soldering the two rings together may reduce the chance of scratches. This may also be helpful to those who find it easier to keep track of one ring rather than two. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.