Where to Store a Diamond Ring When Not Using It

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
August 10, 2022 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

There’s more to storing jewelry than just putting it in a jewelry box until the next time you wear it. While there are various ways to store everyday jewelry, your diamond engagement ring deserves more care. If you want to wear your engagement ring for the rest of your life, you will have to store it the right way.

If you’re wondering how to store a diamond ring properly, you’ve come to the right place.

Best Places to Store Your Engagement Ring

Antique Engagement Ring in Box with Plants

One of the most exciting parts about getting engaged is the diamond engagement ring. From the moment you receive your engagement ring, you never want to take it off. Some women like to wear their engagement ring all the time, even when they go to bed. While not wanting to take your diamond engagement ring off is perfectly understandable, it might not be the best idea.

One of the most important aspects of owning diamond jewelry is knowing how to store it properly. Here are some of the best places to store a diamond ring when you’re not wearing it.

1. A Jewelry Box

Jewelry Box for storing different types of jewelry while not wearing

One of the most secure places to store a diamond ring is a jewelry box. That way, you will always know where it is, making sure it’s safe when it’s not on your finger. Just make sure the jewelry box is fabric-lined and the inside isn’t made from a material that can scratch your jewelry.

The box should come with compartments and pockets, since you should avoid putting your diamond engagement ring directly next to other pieces of jewelry. If you have more than one piece of diamond jewelry, keeping them apart is very important, but we’ll get to that later.

2. A Safe

Safe with Keys for Jewelry and Engagement Rings

A safe is an excellent place to store anything that is valuable to you, like jewelry and money. Alternatively, you can purchase a jewelry safe, a special type of safe only intended for storing jewelry. As you may already know, a safe offers complete protection, not only from burglars but from external damage as well. You can find different types of jewelry safes online. They even come with separate compartments and drawers so you can organize your jewelry neatly.

3. A Small Pouch

Pouch for storing Engagement Ring inside

A pouch isn’t an ideal solution, but if you don’t have a jewelry box or if you have lost your original ring box, it’s the next best thing. It should be big enough to fit the ring. Make sure not to put anything other than your engagement ring in the pouch.

The fabric of the pouch should be soft, like cotton, velvet, silk, or something similar. The most foolproof way to store a diamond ring is to put the ring in a pouch and then in a larger container, like a box or safe.

Also, the tougher the cover of the pouch, the better.

4. The Original Ring Box

K Color Diamond Engagement Ring in EDJ Box

If you have none of these items at your disposal, keeping your engagement ring in the original ring box it came in is the best solution. Just be careful about where you put the box.

Worst Places to Store Your Engagement Ring

Now that we’ve covered the best places to store a diamond ring, let’s see what places you should avoid by all means.

1. Right Next to Other Diamonds

Group Antique Rings Social media

We already talked about the importance of separating your diamond jewelry in your jewelry box. The reason it’s so important to do this is that only a diamond can scratch another diamond. You could be taking good care of your diamond engagement ring and then carelessly put it in the same box as other diamond jewelry. Diamonds can rub against each other and even break if you accidentally drop the jewelry box.

2. In a Drawer

Inside of Drawer View

Everyone has that one drawer they stuff with objects that currently don’t have a place of their own. When the ring isn’t on your finger, you should store it in a safe and protected place. If you just throw it in your drawer without thinking, not only do you risk damaging it, but you can also easily lose it.

3. On a Windowsill

Shells on Windowsill

You might assume that putting your diamond ring on a windowsill isn’t a bad idea, thinking, what’s the worst that can happen? Well, think again. If you put your ring on a windowsill, a shelf, or any other high place, it can fall on the ground and break in the process.

4. A Ring Box With No Lining

Ugly Metal Box Not for Jewelry Storing Safe

Whereas ring boxes are perfectly fine for storing a diamond ring, they should be fabric-lined. If you put your ring in a wooden box with no lining, you might risk scratching the diamond. If you’re forced to put your ring away somewhere and you have no other choice, at least wrap the ring in a tissue and then put it in a box.

Whatever you do, don’t wrap it up in a tissue and just leave it there. Someone might pick the tissue up and throw it away, and you’ll have to say goodbye to your ring for good.

How to Store Your Engagement Ring in Safe

Jewelry Safe with White Exterior and Drawers

Exactly how you should store a diamond ring in a safe depends on the type of safe. Most jewelry safes come with passwords, electronic keypads, or just regular keys.

The best way to store a diamond ring is by wrapping it inside a soft cloth and putting it in a tightly sealed ring box. Proceed to put the ring in the safe. This does require a few extra steps, but it pays off. You won’t have to worry about anything bad happening to your ring if you choose to store it this way.

If you’re going out of town and you don’t want to bring your diamond ring with you, this is a great way of storing it. You can go on your trip with peace of mind, knowing your diamond ring is safe and sound back home.

Where to Store Engagement Ring Before Proposing

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring in Box Customer Estate Diamond Jewelry

The only right place to store a diamond ring before the proposal is in the ring box. Now the real question is – where will you keep the ring box until the right moment arrives? Most people just put the ring in their jacket pocket. However, make sure it isn’t too obvious, or you’ll ruin the surprise. The ring box might be noticeable if it’s too large.

If you’re planning to propose in a home setting, you can hide the box somewhere close and reach for it when the moment comes. Hiding the ring before proposing can be tricky if you live with your significant other. You’ll have to find a place you know they would never look or a place they can’t reach. It’s a good idea to keep the ring in your office if you have space to put it.

Some proposals are more creative, requiring the soon-to-be fiancée to find the ring. Keep in mind, if you’re planning to propose in a restaurant and you want to put the ring in the food or a glass of champagne, you’ll have to give the ring to the restaurant staff.

How to Store Your Engagement Ring at Night

BLOG 12936 Artistic Lifestyle Ring and Box

Some people like to sleep with their favorite pieces of jewelry, including diamond engagement rings. While we understand why you wouldn’t want to be parted from your new diamond engagement ring, it’s important to understand that it isn’t smart.

If you have a ring with detailed settings, the prongs can get caught on the sheets, covers, or even your hair. It’s possible to scratch yourself or your significant other with the diamond’s sharp edges. In addition, if you are someone who tosses and turns every night, sleeping with a diamond ring definitively isn’t a good idea. One night of sharing your bed with your engagement ring might not be harmful, but over time, the stone can loosen. You might even wake up and realize it’s not on your finger anymore.

If you’re wondering where to store a diamond ring at night, you can use any of the suggestions we mentioned above. Although, keeping it in a safe is always the best solution. If someone breaks into your home, they won’t be able to steal your safely stored ring.

How to Store Diamond Ring While Traveling

Pink Jewelry Travel Bag

When you’re packing for a vacation, or perhaps your honeymoon, you’ll find yourself wondering, should I take my engagement ring with me? A lot of people decide to leave it at home. After all, your ring can get stolen, lose its shine from sunscreen, or even fall off your finger when you’re swimming. There are many other places where you can lose your engagement ring. Ultimately, whether you bring your engagement ring with you when you’re traveling is up to you.

You can buy a jewelry travel organizer and store your ring there. Just make sure to wrap the ring in a soft cloth or put it in a pouch. When you leave the hotel, put the jewelry organizer in a safe place. For those who don’t feel like leaving their jewelry at the hotel, the only other option is to wear it all the time.

If you’re worried about someone stealing your engagement ring, it’s best to leave it at home. Some people even get a fake engagement ring for when they’re traveling. If you choose to leave your diamond engagement ring at home, it’s best to keep it in a safe. If you’re still feeling paranoid, you can give the ring (or the entire safe) to a friend or a family member. They will keep it safe until you return from your vacation.

When to Take Your Ring Off

Customer Looking at 4-carat diamond engagement ring on finger

While knowing how to store a diamond ring is important, you should also know when it’s time to take it off. One of the most common causes of diamond damage is daily wear and tear. That’s why you need to be careful about exposing your diamond ring to chemicals, harsh soaps, extreme heat, or everyday situations that are potentially dangerous for your diamond.

You should also take your diamond engagement ring off (or any other jewelry, for that matter) when you’re participating in a physically challenging activity. For example, if you’re going rock climbing, snorkeling, gardening, or doing an activity that requires your hands, you should take your diamond engagement ring off and leave it at home.

You will find more information about situations when it’s best to take your diamond engagement ring off in this article.

Why It Is So Important to Store the Ring Safely

Vintage Ring and Box

Diamonds are the strongest gemstones ever discovered, ranking 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This makes them the hardest substance known to man. They’re even more durable and scratch-resistant than steel nails and masonry drill bits. However, they are far from indestructible. Although it’s rare, diamonds can break if they are subjected to impact. They can be scratched or chipped and lose their shine if you don’t take proper care of them.

What makes a diamond more or less prone to fracture is its atomic structure. In other words, if they come with a lot of inclusions, they are more likely to break due to pressure buildup inside the stone. While you can’t prevent or predict this chemical process, there are things you can do to keep the diamond safe from harm.

Your engagement ring consists of more materials than just diamonds. Keeping it safe will also preserve the metal. If the ring has detailed settings, they aren’t safe from scratches either.

Talk to Jewelry Experts

Afshin and Adira with Necklace in Showroom

If you want your diamond ring to last forever, you will need to store it properly. The best way to store a diamond ring is to wrap it in a soft cloth, put it in your ring box, and secure the ring box in a safe. No matter how much you love your engagement ring, you need to recognize when it’s time to take it off.

If you aren’t sure how to store a diamond ring, you can always talk to an expert. Here at Estate Diamond Jewelry, we take storing diamonds very seriously. We would be happy to give you advice on how to store a diamond ring the best way.