One of the most important aspects of maintaining the beauty of a piece of jewelry over its lifetime is the amount of care put into its preservation. Depending on the material used to craft your ring, it is a good idea to not wear it while performing any strenuous work - including exercising, working on your home or any other heavy labor; blows to the ring may bend its prongs, the ring itself and could even chip your diamond.
Although diamond is known as the hardest material on earth, it still runs the risk of being chipped: a hard blow to the girdle (its middle) or culet (the pointy bottom) may damage it. Aside from this, however, diamond is essentially indestructible. Additionally, its not a good idea to wear your ring while sleeping - due to the prongs potentially catching on the mattress fibers and either tearing the mattress or pulling a prong off.
To ensure the longevity of your jewels, it's best to store it in a jewelry box or an enclosed area where there are no other metals, as this could scratch your item or wear down the metal and its prongs.
For even more protection, try this surefire method of keeping your ring looking its best: First, Do not use this method on emeralds, opals, or other organic gems! Any piece of jewelry with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, topaz, quartz, or tourmaline can be cleaned in the following manner:
Grab a toothbrush and some dish soap, mixing it in a small bowl filled with hot water. Following this, take your ring and drop it in the bowl, letting it soak for about ten minutes. After that, take the ring out with tongs - as the water will be very hot - and gently brush it until all dirt has been removed. Finally, submerge the ring back into the bowl and rinse off the soap with cold water.
For new jewelry purchases, a receipt of purchase is all that is necessary to present to your insurance company to have it insured. An older piece will have to have an appraisal in order to be eligible for insurance.
Jewelry insurance is very affordable, usually costing only $10 per thousand dollars of value per year! this means that ring valued at $3000 will only cost around $30 per year to be insured.
In Colorado, state laws ensure that you are able to choose the jeweler you want to work with to replace your jewelry in the case of a claim. Do some research to make sure you choose a reliable jeweler that has a good rating on review platforms. If you want a new piece that is exactly the same as the piece you previously had, a highly skilled custom jeweler will be able to create a new matching piece for you from a picture of the old piece.
With daily care and cleaning and a good insurance policy from a company like Jeweler's Mutual, you will be able to wear and enjoy your jewelry without worries for years to come!