Antique style engagement rings are beautiful and unique, which is why so many women want to wear them. However, women who have active lifestyles may be under the impression that they shouldn’t choose a vintage-inspired ring because of the delicate detailing and intricate design.
It’s true that caring for an antique ring is harder if you have an active lifestyle, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting the engagement ring of your dreams.
Follow these tips to properly care for vintage-inspired engagement rings:
Prevent Snags, Chips, and Breaks
The intricate design of an antique ring makes it more prone to snags. For women who are athletic or adventure-seekers or who work with their hands alot, this can put your antique ring in danger of being damaged, from bending or denting the fine details, to chipping a diamond in an older, less sturdy setting.
Look for antique style engagement rings with a very secure setting, such as a bezel or channel setting. If you want the more traditional prong setting, go for six instead of four.
You can also prevent snags by being mindful of the fabrics that you wear. Loose-weave fabrics such as lace are more likely to snag than cotton or crepe, so keep this in mind when buying clothing.
Editors Pick: Vintage Leaf Filigree Ring. With a half-bezel setting and thick filigree details, this art nouveau-themed ring is a great option for brides who want a beautiful and strong antique ring.
Don’t Wear the Ring at the Gym
Wearing an engagement ring to the gym is never a good idea. The band of the ring may be damaged if it is knocked against something. In some cases, the impact can even cause the diamond to become loose or fall out. In others, sweat can build up over time and damage the band (more on that below).
Wearing a ring can make it harder for you to get through your workout too. Imagine lifting weights with a band around your ring finger. Even a thin band could interfere with your ability to get a good grip on the weight.
If you’re willing to leave your ring at home, you can be confident that your ring will be safe. This way, you can even wear a more ornate style or larger carat size!
Editor’s Pick: Antique Knife-Edge Cushion Diamond Engagement Ring (3 Carat). A simple vintage-inspired rose gold band puts the large center stone in the spotlight. Leave this heavyweight at home when you know you’ll be working with your hands!
Clean Antique Style Engagement Rings With A Soft Brush
Dirt, dust, sweat, and other debris can easily get trapped in an antique engagement ring, especially if it has intricate milgrain, filigree, or engraved detailing—the hallmarks of vintage inspired designs.
If the dust and dirt stays there long enough, it could eventually start to scratch against the surface of your ring. Remove the trapped particles using a soft bristled brush such as a toothbrush.
You may need to use a magnifying glass to make sure that the dust, dirt, and debris have been removed from all of the nooks and crannies of the ring. Cleaning your ring on a regular basis will ensure that your ring stays in good condition while you continue to live an active lifestyle.
Editor’s Pick: Custom Three-Sided Intricate Scroll Antique Engagement Ring. The scrollwork is deep set within the band, giving the ring a romantic feel and those delicate details better protection.
Avoid Exposing Your Ring to Chemicals
The gold, silver, or platinum band on your ring could be damaged if it is exposed to harsh chemicals. Many of these harsh chemicals, such as ammonia and bleach, are found in cleaning solutions.
Therefore, it’s strongly recommended that you protect the ring either by always wearing gloves or taking it off before using these products. Chlorine is another chemical that could damage precious metals, so you should never jump into a swimming pool while wearing an antique ring.
Editor’s Pick: Custom Antique Diamond Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold. A six-prong buttercup setting offers great protection with feminine flair alongside the warmth of yellow gold.
Antique style engagement rings are perfect for women who want a ring that is inspired by the past. It may require a bit more work to care of a ring like this, especially if you have an active lifestyle, but it’s well worth the extra effort.