The Scary Thing That May Happen to Your Ring Before Your 10th Anniversary
Around the time you hit your first decade of marriage, you may notice that while you’re relationship is stronger than ever, your engagement ring is looking a little, well, shabby…
This isn’t an uncommon occurrence, according to jeweler Josh Levkoff: Most engagement rings will need some kind of major repair around the 10-year mark simply because of normal wear and tear. But this fact doesn’t make it any easier when your beloved bauble is in dire need of restoration.
Clearly, you don’t want to ever look down at your left hand in horror to find that, say, the band snapped, or pave diamonds have popped out. So, we spoke with Levkoff to find out how to check for key signs of wear and, if restoration is needed, how you can even make your bling even more stunning than it was the day your partner proposed. Here are his top tips.
1. Yearly maintenance is key. A good rule of thumb is to take your ring to a jeweler once or twice a year for maintenance so you can avoid having to do major repairs down the road.
2. Habitually check the center stone. If it’s at all loose or wiggles in the setting, go to a jeweler to have it re-tightened. One way to check this is to tap the ring to your ear—you will be able to hear if the stone is moving.
3. Take off your ring and check the shape. Depending on how you grip your ring to take it off, you can actually bend and reshape your band over time. If it’s not a perfect circle anymore, it is easier to lose the diamond, so you need to have it checked out.
4. Optimize your gems. When you do take your ring into a jeweler for its inevitable restoration, ask him or her about any other modifications he/she might be able to make to enhance its overall quality and look. (If it’s going to get taken apart anyway, why not?!) For instance, if you have a halo setting, you might consider having your diamond reset so it sits higher, on prongs, rather than flush, as Levkoff did for our very own Chief Brand Officer Meredith Howard when he re-vamped her ring. In making this seemingly simple change, you can make your diamond sparkle more and appear larger, too.