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If you’ve just invested in a beautiful ring, you have incredible memories nobody can take away.
A ring is a precious keepsake you’ll treasure for years. But as a savvy jewelry owner, there are a few things you’ll want to know.
Some jewelers explain them, but most don’t.
So without further ado, here are the four secrets your jeweler didn’t tell you about your ring.
Does your jewelry ever get wet?
If so, that water is slowly ruining it. Let me explain.
Water itself isn’t harmful to most metals. But very rarely do we interact with pure water. Instead, our jewelry touches seawater, pool water, dishwater, tap water, and sweat.
But wait, you might be thinking. I thought gold didn’t tarnish.
And you’d be right—partly.
You see, precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum are very soft. In virtually all jewelry, metallurgists mix those precious elements with more durable metals like copper, zinc, and nickel.
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The problem is, those alloyed metals do tarnish.
And whether it’s salt, chlorine, soap, or the processing chemicals used to treat the water in our homes, they all affect our jewelry.
An hour in the pool won’t destroy your ring.
But the more time you spend in the shower, at the gym, at the beach, or anywhere else with water, the more your jewelry corrodes.
Ever felt that sinking feeling—you can’t find your jewelry?
It’s worrying enough when it’s at home … just check at the sink, under the sheets, and wherever you had it last.
But when it happens away from home, it’s a different story entirely.
If you lose a ring outside your home and someone else finds it, there’s a 96% chance you’ll never see it again.
In 2018, law enforcement only recovered 3.9% of jewelry stolen in the United States.
Just as you might not want to wear $200 designer sunglasses on a boating trip or a Rolex watch on the subway, it’s a good idea to think carefully about where you wear your jewelry.
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It’s easy to take for granted that you can safely walk around with jewelry in your home country.
But if you’re a world traveler, you know the same isn’t true around the globe.
Whether it cost $1,000 or $100,000, the ring you’re wearing is valuable. Now ask yourself—would you carry that amount in cash with you?
There’s a reason traveler’s checks exist: it’s dangerous to trot the globe with paper money.
But every year, millions of people do exactly that with more valuable jewelry than they’d ever think safe to carry with them in cash.
Here’s a simple rule of thumb for traveling: never bring anything you can’t afford to lose.
Few things are as damaging to your jewelry as regular wear and tear.
Of course, wearing a ring for routine work won’t do much damage.
But if you have a job, hobby, or volunteer position that requires you to work with your hands (not to mention household chores), think twice before wearing that ring the whole time.
As I mentioned earlier, precious metals are infamously soft and, therefore, scratchable.
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Tiny particles you wouldn’t even notice can cause deep scratches in gold, silver, and platinum jewelry that are difficult and expensive to fix.
The same goes for gemstones, too. You’ve probably heard the common myth that nothing can scratch a diamond, but it’s not true.
Diamonds are the hardest surfaces on earth, but the “unscratchable” myth overlooks more important factors, like speed and force.
If you accidentally scratch your ring against a concrete wall, or a speck of rock from a neighbor’s lawnmower nicks your diamond, it can cause irreparable damage.
(It’s the same physics principle that explains why soft-metal bullets can shatter concrete and dent steel.)
Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t carry your smartphone around in your hand while doing an activity, it’s probably not a great idea to bring your fine jewelry along, either.
There you have it—the four secrets your jeweler didn’t tell you before buying your ring.
Thankfully, there’s one insider tip that can help protect your ring for years to come:
Get an affordable replacement.
That’s right. Having a backup ring is the best of both worlds.
Looking to dress up, safe from theft and damage? Put on your “real” ring.
When you’re traveling, working, or just want to protect your investment, swap it out with an affordable replacement.
If you buy a quality backup ring, you’re still wearing a hypoallergenic, beautiful ring at a fraction of the price (under $100, instead of $1,000 or more).
You’ll look stunning at the beach or pool, doing your favorite hobbies, and during the vacation of a lifetime. But you can rest easy because your precious ring is safe.
It’s a stress-free way to look amazing.
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