How to Care for Your engagement Ring, Wedding Bands and other Wedding Jewelry

How to Care for Your Engagement Ring by Bride St. Louis

 

Congratulations to all your newly engaged brides-to-be.  We thought this would be an excellent time to share with you some tips on how to care for that newly acquire ring.  Wedding rings will last a lifetime, and maybe longer if you pass it down to future generations, so extend the shine and sparkle and keep your stones safely in their settings.

  1. Clean your wedding jewelry at home with warm water and a baby soft tooth brush. Stay away from sinks and drains.  Lotions, powders, soaps – even the natural oils from you skin will create a film and reduce their brilliance.   You can use a small bowl of warm suds containing a mild household liquid detergent, but don’t use any cleaners containing chlorine.  Be sure to rinse and avoid touching the diamond with your fingers.  There are also ultrasonic cleaners available that you may purchase, and there are some liquid jewelry cleaners that you can buy as well.
  2. Store your rings in a separate soft compartment, fabric lined case or box with dividers to avoid scratches. Be careful when using ring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other which can cause damage.
  3. Don’t remove your ring in public. Hand washing with COVID-19 is recommended, but resist the temptation to remove your engagement ring.  It’s very easy to leave your ring on the ledge of the sink or worse, drop id down the drain!
  4. Avoid wearing your diamonds while doing housework, yard work or other kind of rough work. Even though a diamond is extremely durable, a hard blow could chip it.
  5. Insure them! Get comprehensive coverage against loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance.
  6. Once a year take your engagement ring and wedding bands to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They will check for loose settings, any worn prongs and other potential problems.  However, if you see a loose stone or prong between your annual checkup, immediately take your piece to the jeweler.  Your jeweler can also professionally clean your ring at the same time.  If you have a 14K white gold setting, it can look a little worn with time and wear, but your jeweler can rhodium plate it to bring back its shine.