Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be damaged. While stacking multiple rings on one finger can be visually appealing, it can also result in scratched diamonds and worn bands. Fortunately, there is a solution: spacers.
In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about spacer rings for engagement rings. We also advise you on how to protect your diamonds.
What is an engagement ring spacer?
An engagement ring spacer is a metal band that separates and protects two other rings.
If you wear your engagement ring and wedding ring on the same finger, there is a chance that both will become damaged over time, especially if they are set with diamonds. Although diamonds are prized for their toughness, that doesn’t mean they’re completely resistant to scratching, abrasion or chipping.
When two or more diamonds come into contact, they can damage each other. But damage to a diamond ring can happen even if only one ring has a diamond on it. A diamond’s hardness is uneven, which makes certain parts of the diamond more susceptible to potential damage. For example, sharp corners can break off more easily than other sections.
A diamond on your engagement ring can also scratch your wedding ring or any ring. If the diamond is constantly in contact with the wedding ring, it can significantly and negatively change its appearance. The situation gets much worse when you have special engravings on your wedding ring. You could end up giving your wedding ring a whole new “look” without even realizing it.
To avoid damaging your rings, it is best to use a ring spacer. Ring spacers are thin, all-metal bands that are placed between two rings. They act as a buffer and prevent the rings from touching. Instead of your engagement ring, wedding ring or any other diamond ring being damaged by contact, your ring spacer will take the hit.
The aesthetics of ring spacers
Besides protecting your rings, ring spacers can also have an aesthetic function. Depending on the material and color you choose, ring spacers can harmonize with your rings or create a unique contrast. Also, they are an excellent way to start your ring stack.
You can combine different textures and designs to create unique stacks that will turn heads.
Engagement ring spacer patina
After some time you will notice that the spacer has developed a patina – a color change. It shows how much damage the spacer can withstand. Many people choose to keep wearing the spacer even though it’s completely scratched because it tells a unique story and is a great accessory.
How much does a spacer ring cost?
Ring spacers vary in price depending on the material and thickness you choose. In general, a high-quality spacer ring costs several hundred euros.
Your best bet is to get an all-metal ring spacer made of silver, platinum, or gold. With gold you have the choice between white, yellow or rosé. All three metals effectively protect your diamond rings from scratches and round off their appearance. Which you choose is entirely up to you. Some people love an effective contrast that emphasizes the beauty of the rings. Others prefer a more understated look and choose a ring spacer that matches the rings.
At Estate Diamond Jewelry, your satisfaction is our number one priority. If you are looking for a perfect ring spacer, we can make it for you in silver, platinum or gold. Our jewelers will create a unique spacer to your liking.
Can ring sizers act as ring spacers?
Ring size adjusters attach to either the base of your ring or the inside of the band and help keep your rings in place. If your ring is too loose on your finger or the stone is so large that the ring turns on your finger, a ring size adjuster is a handy solution.
You might think that it would be easier to resize a ring instead of using the ring sizers on a daily basis. However, this is not always possible. Some rings have intricate engravings that will not look the same after resizing. In addition, it may also be impossible to resize diamond embellished bands. In some cases, resizing can result in a weaker band that cannot support the diamonds. In these circumstances, ring sizers are the only option.
Most ring size adjusters are made of silicone or plastic. These materials are durable and will not irritate your skin. In general, wrap-around ring sizers are considered the most efficient as they offer good security.
Some people might think that these ring size adjusters could be used in place of ring spacers. While wrapping the adjuster around a full ring might offer some level of protection, it’s not the best alternative. Ring size adjusters are not made of hard materials and are actually flexible. This means certain parts of your ring could be exposed and damaged. Also, wrapping the entire ring in silicone doesn’t look appealing and hides the beauty of the ring.
Alternatives to ring spacers
While ring spacers are functional and visually appealing, they’re not the only way to protect your rings. We will discuss possible alternatives with a similar purpose.
A staking ring is a double band with a large enough gap to fit a ring. Spacer rings are typically used to protect solitaire rings from damage. In addition, they also have an aesthetic appeal. These bands are often embellished with diamonds and precious stones and come in a variety of shapes and designs.
If you want to use an insert ring as a spacer, it is best to use a simple one. Otherwise, the decoration can damage other rings and do more harm than good.
Ring protectors are two bands that attach to the top and bottom of your engagement ring, wedding band or any ring. Because they are not connected, you can mix and match different ring protectors and create a unique style. Like insert rings, guard rings come in many shapes and designs. We recommend using smooth rings to ensure rings are protected from scratches.
Both insert rings and protection rings are often referred to as “enhancers”. Keep in mind that the two terms are often used interchangeably. While this is not wrong as they serve the same purpose, make sure you check the product description before purchasing.
What else can you do to protect your diamond ring?
Diamond rings often represent reminders of our most treasured moments and memories. Whether you received one for your engagement or inherited it from a beloved relative or ancestor, a diamond ring can convey a great deal of history and emotion. Damaging or losing a diamond ring is definitely something everyone wants to avoid.
Besides using ring spacers, there are other measures you can take to protect your diamond ring:
Be careful where you store it
In addition to using ring spacers to protect your diamond rings while they’re on your finger, it’s important to think about where you store them. Jewelry boxes are an excellent option for other jewelry, but diamond rings should have a separate place.
Because one diamond can damage another diamond, storing two or more close together could result in nicks and scratches. We recommend storing diamond rings individually in pouches or padded boxes.
Will It Regularly checked out
We recommend having your diamond checked once or twice a year. Regular checks can help ensure everything is in place and the diamond or ring has not suffered any damage. These investigations are even more important when you have a claw-set diamond. Prongs can become loose and bend, and the diamond can fall out. Tightening the prongs is a routine activity for any professional jeweler and will not take much time.
In addition to inspecting the prongs, a reliable jeweler will inspect every part of your ring to ensure everything is in good condition.
If your diamond ring is insured, it’s helpful to know that many carriers require regular checks.
Take it off if necessary
Many women always like to wear diamond rings. However, in certain situations you may consider removing your ring.
For example, when you wash the dishes, your diamond ring could fall down the drain or get scratched. It is also advisable to take off the ring while swimming as it only takes a second for it to slip off your finger and disappear into the pool or sea. Remember to pay special attention to your ring in winter. At low temperatures, our fingers shrink, causing the ring to loosen and slip off.
Clean it properly
While dust and dirt won’t damage your diamond, they will reduce its sparkle. Knowing how to properly clean a diamond ring is important as some chemicals can damage it.
It is best to use a lint-free cloth and warm water. Occasionally you can clean your ring with mild soap and an extra soft brush. Remember not to use abrasive household cleaners that could damage your ring.
In addition to cleaning yourself, you should have the ring cleaned by a jeweler at least once a year.
We are here for you
If you have any questions about ring spacers or diamond rings in general, please feel free to contact us. The Estate Diamond Jewelry team has decades of experience working with fine jewelry and we are happy to clarify any doubts you may have.
Don’t hesitate to make an appointment at our showroom or call us at 212-265-3868 or 866-853-9357 for more information.