When you look at your wedding and engagement ring, your mind probably goes back to when that ring was slipped onto your finger for the very first time, and your heart fluttered because of the special person who gave it to you. Wedding bands and engagement rings are special, and you want to make sure that you can make your ring last as long as possible. There are several ways that you can help preserve your wedding band and engagement ring and help the sparkle last.
- Keep your jewelry in a clean, dry place such as a fabric-lined jewelry box or a soft cloth bag.
- Store pieces individually to avoid scratches, and keep away from direct exposure to sunlight and air.
- Avoid contact with perfume, hairspray, or harsh chemicals. Before applying hand sanitizer take rings off and put it back on when fingers are dry.
- Put jewelry on last while getting dressed, and remove it when you’re doing things like washing the dishes, gardening, at the gym, during a boxing class, rock climbing or going for a swim.
Regularly Clean Your Rings
One of the ways you can help make your fine jewelry, wedding band and engagement ring last and look great is to clean it regularly. Daily use can coat the ring with sticky substances and dirt. Cleaning your ring is very simple and can be done at home with just dish soap, warm water, and a toothbrush. If you need a deeper clean on your ring, you can let it soak in the warm soapy water for 20 minutes and then scrub it with a toothbrush. Be careful with pearl or opal jewelry. But most gemstones, diamonds, and metals can be cleaned this way without any harm. You end up with sparkly rings.
For a quick tarnish removal on silver rings I recommend using a Jewelry Care Cloth. You can also use home ultra-sonic cleaners, liquid and foam cleaners or cleaning pens for a quick cleaning of your rings and jewelry. Here are some recommended products:
Please keep in mind that these are usually safe for diamonds, moissanites and sapphires but can be harmful for softer gems like emeralds, opals, pearls ect. See More Jewelry Care Instructions with a list of gems that should not go in an ultra-sonic cleaner.
Keep Your Jewelry Protected
In order to keep your ring protected, it’s a good idea to include jewelry in your home or renter’s insurance policy. If you don't have renters or home insurance, dedicated jewelry insurance like Jeweler's Mutual insurance can provide more advanced coverage for a small fee with no deductibles. That way, if your jewelry is ever stolen or something happens to it, your insurance policy will cover it.
You can also protect your wedding band and engagement ring by taking it off for certain activities. For example, if you’re putting lotion on, removing your ring will prevent it from getting sullied by lotion, which can dull the diamonds and gemstones. It is also advisable to remove your ring when doing dishes, or swimming where it could potentially fall off and get lost.
Get a Regular Inspection
Time may cause the prongs to get bent on your ring, which could potentially lead to the gemstone falling out. Even bezel settings can get damaged with wear. Regularly taking your ring to a certified local jeweler to get it inspected can help you keep your ring still looking new and sparkly. When you take your ring in, the jeweler will examine and fix issues with your ring, clean and polish it for you, helping it last longer and restore the original shine. For prong settings I would recommend to do that every 6 to 12 months. With bezel settings you can wait a bit longer.
You can make your ring last, as long as you take good care of it. By regularly getting it cleaned, keeping it protected, and having regular inspections you can ensure that your wedding ring will be around for years and remind you of the love you and your partner share.
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