Taking care of your engagement ring is essential to maintain its beauty. Your engagement ring is a precious gift, and it’s crucial to ensure that it remains in great condition over the years. Here are some tips on how to maintain your engagement ring’s sparkle:
- Clean your engagement ring regularly – clean it every month or every few months with warm soapy water and a soft brush. You can also use a mild dish soap. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive brushes as they can scratch or damage your ring. While there is a trend or myth suggesting using toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean jewelry, it’s best to avoid it. Toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can potentially scratch and damage jewelry, especially softer metals like gold and silver. Additionally, a toothbrush may not be suitable for cleaning smaller, detailed parts of your jewelry.
- Remove your engagement ring when washing your hands, using lotions, or dealing with household chemicals – If you’re using chemicals like laundry detergent or other household cleaning agents, take off your ring before using them. These chemicals can damage your ring and cause it to lose its luster by creating an oxide layer on the ring’s surface. Rubber gloves can also lead to tarnishing. Hand lotion can make the gemstone in your engagement ring appear dull because many hand lotions contain various oils and moisturizing ingredients. These can accumulate on the stone and create a layer that reduces the gem’s sparkle and transparency. In 99% of the cases where a gemstone appears dull, it’s due to a layer of oil or residue, whether from creams or natural skin oils. Cleaning the stone properly at home typically restores its shine.
- Store your engagement ring separately from other jewelry – a common problem is storing all jewelry together in one pile or box. Jewelry metals and gemstones have different hardness levels. Diamonds and moissanite, for example, can scratch other stones and jewelry when stored in the same box. Gold is also softer than many other metals, which means that gold jewelry tarnishes more quickly and is more prone to scratches.
- Avoid your engagement ring’s contact with hard surfaces – it’s essentially the same advice as in point 3. You should definitely avoid exposing your ring to hard surfaces such as stones, metals, or other hard materials. Whether it’s a sandy surface or a modern concrete table, an invisible danger like this can easily scratch your ring.
- Visit a jeweler – if you ever notice that something’s not right, or if you can’t restore your ring’s sparkle yourself, it’s essential to visit your local jeweler. Ring prongs might get caught in your clothes, which could make the gemstone shift or, worse, come loose. This simple rule can save your precious stones or family heirlooms.
- Lastly, the most important advice: “Put the ring on last and take it off first” – this simple rule reduces the ring’s exposure to different chemicals, creams, perfumes, etc. And, of course, make sure you store the ring safely in its box!
I hope these tips help you keep your engagement ring looking beautiful.