09 Oct Ring Cleaning & Inspection: How to Keep Your Engagement Ring Beautiful
Preventative measures are your diamond ring’s best friend. It is widely understood, in all aspects of life, that preventing a problem or issue before it has the chance to materialize and become reality is much better than letting a problem occur and then handling it after it’s already happened. The same logic can be applied to the care of your diamond ring, especially when it comes to ring cleaning and inspections.
Something that has so much monetary and personal value attached to it requires that the greatest attention and precautions should be given to it in order to keep it as beautiful as the day it was when your loved one gave it to you. This is the quintessential situation where it is “better to be safe than sorry”!
What can you do on your own?
Diamond ring maintenance is a team-effort. The team consists of the owner of the ring (you!) and your personal jeweler (us!). However, it is crucial that the owner of the ring understands things they can do on their own. This is because they are with the ring EVERY day.
If you do considerable damage to your diamond ring, there is only so much your personal jeweler can do to. Preventative measures will ensure that your ring stays beautiful and makes it back to your personal jeweler in one gorgeous piece.
1. Visual Examinations
Making a habit of continually inspecting your ring before putting it on is a very important and basic way to prevent issues. Always take a few seconds to examine your ring for any insecure or worn prongs, loose diamonds, or other structural issues before you put it on your finger. Doing this will help you notice potential issues that indicate you shouldn’t wear a ring because it could possibly lose a diamond before you have the chance to bring it to your personal jeweler.
2. Proper Cleaning
Cleaning your ring regularly is a vital part of keeping it looking gorgeous and sparkly at all times. We recommend gently brushing your diamonds and your overall ring with a soft-bristle toothbrush and soap water, making sure to rinse thoroughly with water after gently scrubbing with the toothbrush. Doing this will help to prevent any discolorations or staining that could impact the life and durability of your ring and is an easy ring cleaning method that can be done at home.
3. Knowing When To Take Your Ring Off
We know your ring is beautiful and you never want it off your finger. However, knowing when to take your ring off is a surefire way to increase its life and luster! Here are some general rules to follow about when to take your ring off:
- Remove your ring whenever you swim or bathe.
- Avoid cleaning, manual labor, or working out in the gym with your ring on.
- Try your best to keep your ring away from any dirt, grease, chemicals, or acidic foods/drinks that your hands may come into contact with.
Following these rules will keep your ring out of any potentially-damaging situations that can be easily avoided by just taking it off. It’s difficult to take off such a beautiful piece of jewelry, but trust us, it’s worth it in the long-run!
How can your personal jeweler help?
Understanding what things to do on your own is only half of the equation. You’ve already learned about your half. Now you will learn about the half of the equation that explains how your personal jeweler’s professional experience can assist you.
1. Comprehensive Ring Inspections
Personal jewelers are pros. Along with knowing what to look for, we have equipment that allows us to see potential issues that can be invisible to the naked eye. With the combination of this equipment and our specialized knowledge, we can see damage or other indicators on your ring that help us anticipate future problems that need to be avoided.
2. Equipment-Assisted Ring Cleaning
Another area of expertise that personal jewelers have that is assisted by equipment is the cleaning of your ring. We have equipment that gets deep into your ring without damaging it, cleaning it better than any toothbrush could. Periodic professional cleaning of your ring carried out by your personal jeweler is a must for all preventative maintenance efforts.
3. Professional Repairs
If your jewelry does indeed become damaged out in the hazards of daily life, whether it be minor or more significant damage, a personal jeweler has the tools and resources available to them (and you!) that will remedy the situation. From loose prongs to scratches to lost or damaged diamonds, we can do whatever is necessary to get your ring back to its most beautiful self.
4. Expert Information and Consultation
Above all else, the expert knowledge and expertise that a personal jeweler has allows them to give you advice and consultation that you cannot find anywhere else. Every ring is different and requires special attention, special attention that we can always provide because of our extensive experience. We recommend that you visit us every 3-6 months (6 months at the most) for a thorough cleaning and inspection of your ring. This visit will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions or mention any concerns you have about the care of your ring!