Today’s post is inspired by the fact that I had to bring my engagement ring to the jeweler for its first annual cleaning yesterday. I dropped it off at the jeweler who sold FH my ring (and who of course was trying to upsell me on the male and female wedding bands!—but apparently she gave FH a great deal on my ring so we’ll definitely consider her for the bands), which got me thinking about how I’ve been taking care of my ring, so just wanted to share that with you guys.
Mark Schneider Engagement Rings / Image via WeddingWire.com
Remove the ring before showering, washing dishes, or any activity that involves long exposure to water.
The last thing I want is for this bad boy to fall down the drain. It’s not even worth the risk, so I pretty much always take it off before doing these activities. I am guilty of wearing it sometimes while swimming (like when I’m on vacation and I don’t feel comfortable leaving it in the hotel safe), but for the most part you should definitely avoid exposing the ring to chlorine—it can cause damage.
Buy a ring holder so you always store it in the same place.
FH bought me this adorable little elephant ring holder, so I always put the ring there whenever I remove it for a prolonged period of time. A jewelry dish also works really well. If you have a large house you may want to have more than one of these, but keep the jewelry holder/stand/dish in the same place so you always know where to find your ring.
Elephant Ring Holder from Urban Outfitters
Clean the ring as often as needed. (There are a number of ways to do this.)
My friend Alyssa introduced me to the art of cleaning your ring with a toothbrush and toothpaste (yup, you read that correctly). She apparently does this every day and her ring always looks impeccable. Just give it a nice light brushing (dilute with a splash of water, and you may not want to use an abrasive toothpaste as that may scratch up the gold) for 15–30 seconds to really get into all the nooks and crannies, rinse, pat dry with a towel, and voila—a sparkly ring that smells vaguely minty fresh! It may sound crazy, but it works. Just make sure you PLUG THE DRAIN BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I’ve heard you can also use clear alcohol like vodka to clean the ring (and it kills germs too!). Also heard that dish soap, liquid detergent, or just plain old jewelry cleaning solution work too. Oh, and ALWAYS PLUG THE DRAIN BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY CLEANING.
Take your ring for an annual “checkup.”
As I mentioned above, you should take your ring once a year to the jewelers for a professional cleaning but, most importantly, to make sure that the prongs holding your diamond in place have not become loose. It’s worth it—my jeweler only charged me $25. Just make sure it’s a jeweler you can trust since they may need to keep your ring overnight. (The last thing you need is someone switching out your diamond.)
Got any more ring-care tips, bees?