Engagement Ring Care Guide
Engagement Ring Care from the Experts at The Wedding Ring Shop
An engagement ring is a meaningful, luxurious piece of jewelry that holds great sentimental value and therefore it requires expert care and maintenance to keep it looking pristine. Regular maintenance is relatively simple and surprisingly effective, so with the proper care, your ring will not only remain as beautiful as the day you got but it is sure to become a treasured family heirloom that you can pass on for generations.
When Not To Wear Your Engagement Ring
One of the easiest ways to care for your engagement ring is to know when to leave it off. Cleaning, for example, involves harsh chemicals that can eat away at the finish and dull the shine of your diamonds. Moisturizing and showering introduces oils that can dull the ring’s surface and make your ring slippery and easy to drop or lose. Cooking is equally damaging. Common cooking oils, greases, as well as bacteria from food, can get trapped under stones. Similarly, working out can affect your engagement ring in the same way. Dirt, bacteria, and sweat can build up on your ring. Avoid wearing the ring while swimming as chlorine and saltwater are harsh and abrasive to both your band and stones.
How To Clean an Engagement Ring at Home
Soap and water are an easy way to keep your ring cleaned without having to invest in expensive cleaning products. No matter what type of metal your ring is made of, this technique is safe and effective. Mix a solution of basic dishwashing soap with warm water and soak your ring in it for twenty to forty minutes. The dirtier your ring is, the longer you want to let it soak. When you are finished, simply rinse it well with warm water to remove the soap and any dirt that the solution loosened. If necessary, you can use a very soft toothbrush to clean any grime without applying heavy pressure, then rinse with more warm water. Use a soft cloth to dry and polish the ring.
What Not To Use When Cleaning Your Engagement Ring
Although diamonds are well-known for their incredible strength and durability, they are not impervious to damage. Harsh cleaning chemicals can be extremely damaging and should never be used to clean your ring, so always avoid any contact with bleach, chlorine, or acetone. The same is true for products like baking soda or toothpaste. Although they are known for their safe cleaning abilities, they are abrasive enough to create tiny scratches on the surface of your delicate metals and precious stones. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are safe to use if needed, but be sure to avoid hard-bristled brushes as they can be just as damaging to soft surfaces like gold.
How Often Should You Clean Your Ring?
By cleaning your ring at home at least once a week, you are sure to keep it looking beautiful and keep dirt and oil from building up. It is important to incorporate cleanings and inspections with a professional jeweler at least twice a year. If you have an active lifestyle and your ring gets more wear and tear than most, it is a good idea to have this service done more often. This professional cleaning service not only keeps your ring looking new but will also notice any developing problems that should be repaired.
Professional Cleaning Services at The Wedding Ring Shop
When your ring is in need of professional cleaning, The Wedding Ring Shop is here to help. Our expert services are provided by our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will clean your engagement ring with the utmost care, while also providing you with the exceptional service you deserve. Our Honolulu jewelry showroom is happy to serve residents of all surrounding areas including Ala Moana and Kaka’ako, and welcome you to explore our exquisite collections while your ring is being cleaned. For more information on our services, please contact us today.