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How to Clean & Care for Your Engagement Ring

Posted by Chelsea Drusch on Sep 21, 2018 8:17:50 AM

How to Clean & Care for Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement ring may very well be the first piece of fine jewelry you own.

After the initial excitement of being engaged winds down, you suddenly realize you're now responsible for a pretty valuable piece of jewelry.

One that you need to care for every. single. day.

It's easy to panic - wondering how often to clean it, when to take it off, how to keep it safe ...

Start with these time-based checklists. If you do each of these things at the frequency noted, you're very likely to have a diamond that really does last forever.

 

Table of Contents

What You Should Always Do

What You Should Do Daily

What You Should Do Weekly

What You Should Do Yearly

What You Should Never Do

 

What You Should Always Do

 Store in a separate, fabric pouch or section of your jewelry box.

Store in a separate, fabric pouch or section of your jewelry box. 

    One of the most common ways jewelry is damaged is being scratched by other jewelry.
 Have a safe, memorable location available to place your jewelry.

Have a safe, memorable location available to place your jewelry.

Even when you're on-the-go, always know where you can safely store your ring if you need to remove it. 

 Watch for warning signs of vulnerabilities in your jewelry.

Watch for warning signs of vulnerabilities in your jewelry.

Know how to spot a loose stone. There are six major signals that your jewelry's about to break

 

What You Should Do Daily

 Place your ring in a designated spot while showering.

Place your ring in a designated spot while showering.

All those soaps and shampoos will cause buildup on your ring. Plus, fishing a ring out of the drain is never fun!

Wipe down with a dry jewelry cleaning cloth.

Wipe down with a dry jewelry cleaning cloth.

Need your very own jewelry cleaning cloth? Ask your jeweler or let us know!

 

What You Should Do Weekly

 A light cleaning using a safe, homemade jewelry cleaner.

A light cleaning using a safe, homemade jewelry cleaner.

Your own sweat and body oils can dull the shine of your jewelry. DIY cleaning calls for warm, soapy water and a toothbrush.

 

What You Should Do Yearly

 Professional cleaning and inspection.

Professional cleaning and inspection.

It's easy to lose a piece of jewelry or individual stones if you're not giving your jewelry regular check-ups. Your jeweler will deep clean your pieces for brilliant shine, too! Two times per year is best.

 Renew your jewelry insurance.

Renew your jewelry insurance.

And make sure you fully understand your coverage.

Get an updated appraisal. 

Get an updated appraisal.

If your jewelry's value has decreased, you could be spending more than necessary to insure your piece. Or, the reverse could mean you're underinsured and may incur additional out-of-pocket expenses to repair or replace jewelry that becomes damaged or lost. Getting a new appraisal every 2-3 years is sufficient.

 

What You Should Never Do

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Clean your jewelry with bleach, abrasives or toothpaste.

Strong chemicals like bleach can discolor precious metals, and abrasives like toothpaste and baking soda can scratch softer stones and metals.

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Pick your ring up by the stone.

The less often you handle your ring, the better, especially the center stone.

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Put your jewelry in a storage unit.

Rent a safety deposit box at your bank if you're moving or need to store your jewelry away from your home for an extended period.

 

Never wear your ring during these activities:

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Gardening

Dirt and small rocks are abrasive. If not cleaned right away, your jewelry can be permanently damaged. Beware the dangers of gardening gloves too.

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Cleaning

Bleach and other heavy duty cleaners can wear away at precious metals.

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Exercise

Any exercise that requires you to hold something, like dumbbells, a tennis racket or golf clubs, is a jewelry wearing no-no. Sweat in general can also be damaging to sterling silver.

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Swimming, Hot Tubbing or Showering

Salt water and chlorine can damage your jewelry. Chlorine can discolor metals (like gold and platinum) and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones. It can even corrode your prongs enough for them to break off entirely. Plus, the cold water could make your fingers constrict, causing the ring to become loose and fall off.

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Cooking

Things get messy in the kitchen. Take off your ring to avoid coating it with sauce or nicking it with a knife.

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Applying Lotions or Sprays

Lotion can get into the crevices of chains and prongs, and both lotions and sprays create a film on your jewelry, making it dull and dingy.

 

In Conclusion

While these lists may seem to add up to quite a few tasks to remember, it's really all about habits.

Make it a habit to always remove your ring when doing something potentially damaging. When in doubt, take it off - just be sure to designate safe storage spaces both home and on-the-go.

As for the maintenance tasks like cleaning, inspections and appraisals, try setting yourself recurring calendar reminders.

If your jewelry is insured, your annual renewal is a great reminder to take that ring in for an inspection!

 

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But not the jewelry lover.

You're here. You're learning how to care for your jewelry.

Aren't you a little bit curious how much it costs to fully protect it?

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