How to Check the Setting of Your Diamond Ring

Engagement Ring SettingSure, diamonds are forever, but if your ring setting doesn’t hold up, then what’s the point of having a diamond? You would be heart broken to look down at your hand and see a set of empty prongs where your stunning diamond should be. If this has ever happened to you, then you are well aware of this hopeless feeling as you search through your couch cushions. Even worse, many insurance policies don’t cover accidental loss or flawed settings. The best way to avoid this disaster is to check the setting on your diamond ring on a regular basis and care for it to prevent wear and tear.

How to Check the Setting of Your Diamond Ring

  1. Tap the top of the ring with your fingernail and watch the diamond closely. If it shifts at all in the setting, you should remove the ring from your finger and take it to a jeweler right away. You should tap the entire surface area on the top of the diamond to see if it wiggles from any angle.
  2. Place the diamond ring alone on one hand so that you can examine it without the hearing other rings hitting against the diamond ring or each other.
  3. Wave your fingers as if you were waving hello or goodbye and listen for a rattling sound. If you hear this noise, it may be your diamond moving around in the setting.
  4. Take a look at the prongs with a magnifying glass. Over time, prongs can become worn or bent and don’t hold the diamond as securely. You should be able to see the tips of the prongs on the top surface of the diamond. If a prong appears to only extend partially over the top of the diamond or has been worn away so that it’s not pinching the diamond at all, then take your ring to a jeweler immediately.
  5. Take your diamond ring to a jeweler every 6 months for a check up. Most jewelers will polish, clean and inspect your diamond setting for free even if you did not purchase the ring at that store.
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