You’ve bought the rings you love, now you want to keep them looking good. Here’s a few tips on caring for your rings – what to do and what not to do – to keep them looking great over the years.
Handling your rings
Diamond rings should be handled and picked up by the band, not by the stone or the setting, to help keep your diamonds secure. This also helps limit the build up of oils, from your hands, around the ring’s stones.
Storing your rings
It’s advisable to store your rings in the jewellery boxes provided, to protect them and your other jewellery from scratches.
Cleaning your wedding rings
The easiest way to clean a diamond ring at home is with a mixture of warm water – not hot – and a small amount of mild washing up liquid. Using a soft brush, you can loosen and remove any dirt before gently drying your ring with a lint-free cloth.
A good quality home jewellery cleaner can work well, as can special polishing cloths. But always check their instructions to ensure the product is recommend for your ring’s metal, finish and stones etc.
Alternatively, have your ring cleaned professionally by a jeweller. They’ll typically use an ultrasonic cleaner or steam cleaner to clean your rings – consider getting several items of jewellery cleaned at once, or team up with friends and ask for a better bulk clean price.
Caring for different metals
All precious metals can pick up scratches over time. Many people like this patina of wear that develops as their jewellery ages. And a minor repair polish can quickly bring a ring back to its original appearance.
Platinum is a harder metal than gold. It won’t tarnish or fade the way some other metals will. But, as with any metal used in jewellery, it will still scratch with wear. These fine scratches will eventually create a soft patina on platinum jewellery. This can be buffed to restore your ring to its original look if you prefer.
White gold is a mixture of yellow gold and one or more other metals that are combined to create a white alloy. This alloy is then coated in an additional layer of rhodium plating to give them their signature bright white appearance.
This rhodium plating will naturally wear off over time and it will, therefore, need re-plating at regular intervals to restore your ring’s white brilliance. It’s advisable to polish white gold rings less often, and to avoid contact with abrasives and chemicals, so the rhodium plating doesn’t wear away sooner than it otherwise would.
Safe to wear or best to take off?
Should I shower with my wedding ring on?
Is it safe to wash my hands or wash dishes while wearing my ring?
If I go swimming, go to the gym or use a hot tub should I take my rings off?
These are some of the questions that get asked about when to wear wedding rings and when to take them off.
In caring for your rings, it’s advisable to remove them when showering and when washing the dishes. If you’re cooking, washing your hair or applying sunscreen etc, it’s also a good idea to take off your rings, to help avoid residues building up and to keep your rings cleaner for longer.
Removing your rings before vigorous activity can avoid the risk of them coming into contact with hard or abrasive surfaces. Bear in mind too that cold conditions, like swimming in open water, can increase the risk of your rings falling off.
Exposure to the chemicals found in many household products can be bad for your rings and can cause damage. Wherever possible, you should avoid your rings coming into contact with the chemicals in things like furniture polish, bleach, hairspray, hair dye and chemical soaps and cleansers.
Chlorine is particularly bad, so wearing your rings around chlorine based products and when swimming or using a hot tub etc should definitely be avoided.
As a rule, remove your rings – and wear rubber gloves if possible – whenever you’re cleaning, using products with chemicals, or working with oily, dusty or greasy items. And wash and dry your hands thoroughly before putting your jewellery back on.
Insuring your wedding rings
It’s important to list high value items separately on your home contents insurance, particularly precious and highly sentimental items of jewellery like an engagement ring and wedding rings.
With every ring we produce, we provide a free insurance valuation describing your rings in detail and listing their full retail value. You can then use this valuation to help insure your jewellery with your insurance provider.
With a little care, some gentle cleaning and common sense your wedding rings will age beautifully and be with you for a lifetime.
By I Do|2016-09-20T16:32:07+00:00August 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Caring for your wedding rings