An engagement ring is known to be a woman's most exquisite and sentimental piece of jewelry in her lifetime.
While the expense is a factor, generally speaking it's the emotional affection associated with the ring that makes it so significant and irreplaceable. It's a piece of jewelry that, if cared after correctly, can be passed down generation after generation to be enjoyed by families for hundreds of years.
Sounds pretty good, right? We think so too, and we want to help make sure your engagement ring stays flawless for years to come.
Tips for Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring
One of the most crucial steps to ensure the overall quality of your ring stays intact is to have a thorough cleaning process. We rely on our fingers and hands for countless tasks that take place in everyday life. Unfortunately, this means that our rings are prone to picking up dirt, bacteria, grease and other oils along the way that can compromise the excellent condition of your engagement ring. Lotions and hand creams are especially dangerous when it comes to threatening the quality of your forever ring.
Before you decide on the best cleaning method, it is important to guarantee you know which metals and materials your jewelry is made from. Since each and every engagement ring is unique, it is important to note that certain chemicals or ingredients might be beneficial for certain rings, while others can alter or disturb the materials in others.
As a general rule it should be known that no matter the applied technique, it should always be done carefully and delicately. Although diamonds are incredibly strong stones, engagement rings can still be scratched and the setting can be loosened if too much force is applied.
How to Properly Clean Your Engagement Ring
The most straightforward method of cleaning your engagement ring is to soak the ring in very warm water and dish soap. Place the ring in bowl or cup of very warm water together with dish soap and let sit for approximately 10-30 minutes. When this process is complete, rinse the ring under water to ensure all the soap has been cleaned off and no residue lingers. Make sure to be extra careful it doesn't fall into the drain! Once finished, dry off with a soft cotton cloth or allow to air dry (paper towels are a definite no as the material can scratch the ring).
If you want an extra special at-home treatment for your ring, make certain the cleaning solution is chemical-free and non-corrosive. At-home methods that include chemical ingredients do exist, but only for very specific metals and therefore not recommended. Solutions that contain chemical ingredients can actually weaken the strength of your diamond and even change its color. Engagement rings are far too precious to potentially alter in an unintentional and undesirable way forever.
Visiting a Professional Jeweler
If you want an ultra thorough cleaning, we highly recommend taking your ring for a visit to the jeweler. Jewelers are experts at making your ring dirt-free and sparkle again. It will absolutely assist in bringing back that glimmering glow and focus on the natural beauty it possesses. As a general rule of thumb, bridal jewelry professionals pretty much agree that if cleaned at home on a regular basis, roughly every two weeks or so, your ring is sure to stay in excellent shape. A trip to the jeweler should be once or twice a year, just to ensure the integrity of the ring with a practiced eye (this could be included in your warranty!)
There are other measures than just cleaning that can be taking to protect one of your most prized possessions. It is of equal importance to ensure your priceless piece is also under the right protection. Most engagement rings are offered with a warranty, the details of which vary from jeweler to jeweler. Many people get their engagement rings insured, so that if anything were to happen a backup plan is in place.
Trice Jewelers understands what it takes to maintain the integrity of your favorite piece of jewelry. We do everything in our power to guarantee our customers' ring will last a lifetime. Trice Jewelers appreciates the sentimental value an engagement ring holds, and we look forward to welcoming the Colorado community for years to come.