Clueless about jewelry. How do I take care of this diamond ring?
May 30, 2014 12:37 PM Subscribe
I am a woman who has never, ever been into jewelry. I lose earrings, I tangle necklaces, I hate the way anything feels on my wrists. The only pieces of jewelry I treasure are a relatively inexpensive pair of earrings I wore at my wedding, and my wedding band and diamond engagement ring. I've been married for nearly two years now, and need some advice on the logistics of caring for my engagement ring.
posted by emily37 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My ring was custom-made by a local artisan who is no longer local as she moved out-of-state. The first year I had the ring, I brought it to her once (while she still lived here) and she cleaned it and touched up the bezel a bit. Now it's been over a year since I've done anything to it, and most things I read online say you're supposed to get your ring cleaned/checked once a year or so. It seems that most people bring their ring back to the store where they bought it, but obviously I did not buy mine at a store and my ring-maker is now thousands of miles away.
The ring is not super flashy or expensive - it's a half-carat and yellow gold - but it is one-of-a-kind, very sentimental, and it's set in an unusual type of setting. Maybe I should just bring it to a jewelry store, but I'm not really sure how that works. How much should getting a ring like this cleaned/checked cost? I am pretty intimidated by jewelry stores and the fact that I know nothing about this stuff.