For women who aren’t accustomed to wearing fine jewelry on the regular (which, let’s be honest, is most of us), rocking a pricey diamond for the first time is a bit like babysitting a newborn. Check out our picks for the best engagement rings, engagement rings for women, rose gold engagement rings, and engagement rings with diamonds below. You’ll look down at your sparkly new addition and have a lot of questions about engagement ring care: Should I wear it to sleep? Take it off when I shower? Can I really clean it with dish soap?
All valid questions! Since an engagement ring will likely be the most expensive piece of jewelry you’ve ever owned, it’s no wonder that many newly engaged women feel clueless about how to incorporate it into their daily lives. Here, a few insightful tips from industry experts.
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1. Clean your ring regularly.
“Buildup of dirt or oil will block the light interactions in the stone, so there’s no point in having a beautifully cut diamond if it’s going to be dirty,” says Tom Burstein, Christie’s international jewelry director. “If you’re not cleaning it, then you’re not doing the stone justice because it’s not living up to its potential.” Luckily, cleaning your ring isn’t a labor-intensive process—just drop it into a mug of warm water mixed with a few drops of soap or mild dishwashing detergent. Let it sit for a few minutes (or even overnight), then gently scrub the stone and basket with a soft-bristled baby toothbrush, rinse, and pat dry. Burstein recommends cleaning it at least once every few weeks, and when you do, “make sure you cover the drain!”
2. Diamonds are tough—but not invincible.
Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s impossible to damage a diamond? Not true, says Burstein. While the stones are considered the hardest naturally occurring metal in the world, they can still fracture, bruise, and chip. And Burstein explains that it’s not a function of time either: “Prong mountings are very secure and it takes a pretty aggressive knock, but it happens. I’ve seen a month-old ring with a big chip in it,” he says. “It’s like driving a new car off the lot and getting rear-ended.”
3. Know when to leave your ring on and take it off.
Sure, it’s tempting to slip your ring off every time you wash your hands, but try and resist the urge, says Daniela Balzano-Hull, the New York store director for De Beers. “It takes a while to get used to having this beautiful ring, and you want to protect it as much as you can, but so many brides end up washing their hands in a restaurant and leaving the ring behind.” Still, there are other occasions that experts recommend going ringless—like a day at the beach. Balzano-Hull warns that swimming can greatly affect your body temperature, causing your finger to shrink in size. The rules for when you should and shouldn’t wear your diamond also depend on the type of stones you have, adds Burstein. “If you have a more delicate ring with micro pavé stones, don’t wear it to play tennis or golf or during rigorous exercise. The stones tend to pop out more easily than others,” he says. As for sleeping? Both Burstein and Balzano-Hull agree the decision is strictly a matter of comfort and personal preference.
4. Buy engagement ring insurance.
Get the rock insured as soon as possible. “We highly recommend it is insured the moment it leaves the store,” says Balzano-Hull. Most companies—either homeowners insurance or renters insurance—will add the ring to their existing policy with a rider that includes a valuation of all the characteristics. “The valuation comes from the jeweler and goes above and beyond just the purchase receipt,” explains Balzano-Hull. “Some men will buy the ring, leave with it, and not propose for a few months, so it’s important that document goes to the insurance company right away.”
5. Be cautious when it comes to resizing your ring.
Seasonal changes in temperature, weight fluctuations, and traveling can all affect the fit of your ring—so keep that in mind before jumping to have yours resized. At De Beers, Balzano-Hull prefers to size buyers in the late afternoon (2:30 p.m. specifically) or after they’ve exercised, to accommodate for swelling. “We also always ask clients where they live. If they’re from somewhere tropical and they’re trying the ring on in New York, we suggest going one size larger,” she says, adding, “I never recommend making any changes during pregnancies. Most women will just wear a wedding band or not wear anything at all.”
However, if you notice that your ring is consistently loose year round, size down. “The looser it is, the more wear your diamond is going to have and the more your setting is going to become out of shape,” says Burstein. Another crucial tidbit to keep in mind: If the ring is from one of the major jewelry houses—like Cartier, Harry Winston, or Graff—make sure that resizing it doesn’t disrupt the signature. “We see beautiful pieces from the ’30s and an unknowing jeweler just cut the signature out,” says Burstein. “The signature is one of the most important things.”
6. Regularly check the prongs and setting.
Keep a close eye—and ear—on your ring. Some jewelers, like De Beers, advise buyers to come in for a “prong check” once a year, which allows the jeweler to examine the ring and make sure it’s in perfect condition. But Burstein says that if you have a classic setting—such as a solitaire set in platinum—having the ring checked isn’t entirely necessarily, so long as you keep an eye on it. “Look at the prongs yourself. Are any shorter than the others? Put the ring between two fingers, hold it up to your ear, and shake it a little bit. If you hear anything, then you have to get it tightened,” he says.
7. Think before you upgrade.
The idea of “upgrading” to a larger stone is one way for couples to celebrate major milestones or life events. But before you pull the trigger, “make sure it’s large enough to make a difference,” warns Burstein. Which is to say, a larger carat size doesn’t always equate to a larger-looking stone. “Remember that carat is simply a weight—not a size. Make sure that the stone appears physically larger. Or if you’re looking for an upgrade in color or clarity, it should be noticeable. Otherwise, it’s not worth the money.” Another thing to keep in mind? “It’s good to rely on people and the Internet for information, but too much technical information can hurt the process. If you find the stone or the ring you love and it fits your criteria, get it,” he says. “And never forget what the ring was meant to symbolize in the first place.”
8. Keep ring dishes around the house.
Keep ring dishes throughout your home so that when you do need to take it off, you know exactly where to look. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the bedroom, there will be a designated place for your ring should you need to take it off—because let’s face it: one of the keys to taking care of your new engagement ring is making sure not to lose it!
How to wear the engagement ring and wedding band?
Whether you’re about to get married, preparing for a proposal or are just curious. It never hurts to know a little ring etiquette. We get a lot of questions about when which ring goes on which finger. Many people know that the ring goes on the ring finger. But which hand was it again? And what happens to the engagement ring once you’re married? Of course, we have the answers for you.
How to wear the engagement ring
A proposal often comes together with a ring to symbolize the planned wedding and the life together. Most of the times it’s the woman who receives the engagement ring. In Western cultures, it is custom she wears it on the ring finger of her left hand.
THE VERA AMORIS
The reason to wear the ring on the third finger of the left hand originates from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. They believed the “Vera Amoris” was a blood vein that ran from the third finger of the left hand immediately to the heart. This way, the ring from the loved one would be as close to the heart as possible. Romantic, isn’t it? Modern anatomy, however, teaches us that the Vera Amoris is just a myth. There is no vein that runs straight from the heart to a finger. What a bummer.
WAIT, I WEAR MY ENGAGEMENT RING ON MY RIGHT HAND
In many Western countries (e.g. the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States) it is common to wear the engagement ring on the left hand. However, there are also exceptions. In many countries, people wear the engagement ring on their right hand. The Old Romans stated that right symbolizes everything good in the world and left all evil. The Latin word for left is “sinister”. So, yeah… With that in mind, I guess it makes sense to wear the ring on the right hand.
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RELIGIOUS REASONS FOR LEFT OR RIGHT
And then there are religious reasons to wear the engagement ring on a particular side. These are also subject to the country you live in. In the Netherlands, Catholics wear the engagement ring on the right hand. Protestants wear it on the left hand. When they eventually get married, the ring switches to the other hand.
PRACTICAL REASONS FOR LEFT OR RIGHT
Nowadays, people are more practical and religion plays a less dominant role in these kinds of situations. From a practical perspective, it makes sense to wear the ring on the left hand. Most people are right-handed and use the right hand more often than their left one. Engagement rings are very valuable. So you want to avoid traces of use or damage as much as possible. By wearing the engagement hand on your non-dominant hand, you reduce the risks of damaging it. If the wearer is left-handed, she can wear it on her right hand for practical reasons.
How to wear the wedding ring
After stating your vows and saying “I do” it is time to put the wedding rings on. Just like the engagement ring, usually, people wear them on the ring finger of their left hand. People who wear their engagement ring on their left hand can put it on their right hand before the ceremony. Note that the hand of the wedding ring can also differ between countries, cultures, and religions. Dutch Catholics wear their wedding bands on their left hand (and engagement ring right). Protestants on their right hand (and engagement ring left).
The engagement ring after the wedding
After the wedding, there are basically three things one can do with the engagement ring:
- Usually, women stack the engagement ring on top of the wedding ring. Often on the ring finger of their left hand;
- Some decide to wear the wedding ring on their left hand and the engagement ring on their right. Or vice versa of course.
- Only a few choose to not wear the engagement ring at all anymore.
STACKING OR SPLITTING THE ENGAGEMENT RING AND WEDDING BAND
At Royal Coster, we firmly believe in keep wearing the engagement ring. Sure, the chances of damages to the beloved engagement ring are smaller when it’s always safe in a dark box. But it is such a shame to put that beautiful piece away after the engagement period. Therefore, we prefer it to either stack the rings or wear one on each ring finger.
STACKING THE WEDDING RING AND ENGAGEMENT RING
Wearing the wedding band and the engagement ring on the same finger can be a very elegant option. Usually, this works best when one ring is quite modest – often the wedding ring – and the other one flashier. For example, a solitaire diamond engagement ringand a simpler (diamond) wedding ring in the same gold look lovely stacked. Another great option is an alliance ring or semi-alliance ring for a wedding band. Stack it with a wonderful halo setting or paved diamond engagement ring and it will look amazing. It is no secret that stacking the love rings on top of each other is popular. For this particular reason, the curved wedding band was invented. This ring is shaped to complement the engagement ring.
ONE BAND ON EACH HAND
Stacking the rings is not always an option. Not all rings match very well. Two wide rings for example. Rings in different colors and styles aren’t always a good combination. When the wedding and engagement ring differ a lot, many women choose to wear one ring on each hand. Most often, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand. The engagement ring is then placed on the right hand. However, this is a matter of personal taste.
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