You’ve spent hours admiring your stunning engagement ring and wedding band, but how can you maintain that eye-catching sparkle in the years to come? Here, Bhria Vellnagel discovers how to best care for your unique set.
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Diamonds are often marketed as able to last a lifetime, but without proper care, any ring can be prone to dullness, scratches and loose settings. From professional cleaning to home remedies, Queensland Wedding & Bride discovers the many easy ways you can look after your wedding set to ensure an everyday shine.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Over time, you’ll notice that your beautiful diamond engagement ring has started to look a little lacklustre. Caused by a build-up of unavoidable contaminants like dirt, soap, and moisturiser, the grime on your ring can be difficult to remove without a professional’s help. Luckily, most jewellers have a free jewellery-cleaning service, which provides its customers with a complimentary clean as often as required. Typically completed in as little as a few minutes, a monthly professional clean is advised to ensure your rings stays pristine.
If you don’t have time to regularly have your rings cleaned, it’s best to go to a professional every couple of years for a deep clean and assessment. From polishing out scratches to re-administering protective plating, a deep clean will ensure your ring is restored to its original glory.
With general wear and tear, your rings’ settings may become knocked out of place, which leaves your gems at risk of falling out. Frequent assessments will ensure that your cherished diamonds won’t budge.
If you’ve spilt anything on your ring, such as moisturiser or foundation, it’s worth knowing how to bring back its sparkle without having to run to your jeweller.
Most jewellers offer at-home cleaning kits, which can come in handy in these common situations. They will also ensure you won’t damage your ring in the process. If you need a fast yet safe solution, simply submerge your ring in a concoction of warm water and dish soap, and scrub it gently with a soft toothbrush. It’s important not to clean your rings with anything abrasive as it can cause scratches on the band and gems.
While a simple toothbrush may work wonders on everyday spills, it won’t be enough to get rid of built-up grime. For a more thorough clean, you can invest in an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner, which works by sending soft vibrations through the water to shake out any deep-set dirt. It’s important to note that it’s possible for the machine’s vibrations to dislodge gems if they have loose settings, so it’s always best to go to a professional.
In The Prong
A standard clean is great to keep your diamonds shining brightly. However, it’s equally as important to maintain the band and its settings to ensure your ring will last a lifetime.
While your rings may be of outstanding quality, everyday activities can knock even the sturdiest of bands out of place. This is why it’s best to remove your jewellery when doing any hands-on activities. Positioning a ring dish above the sink or in the bathroom will give you a safe place to put your priceless jewels while doing the dishes or taking a shower. If you’re fond of going to the gym or the pool, pack a small container in your bag to keep your ring safe.
What A Softy
Unless your band is made of scratch-resistant metals, such as tungsten carbide or black ceramic, it’ll start to look a little worn over time as everyday wear results in slight imperfections on its surface.
While 18-carat gold is a popular choice for wedding bands, it’s also one of the most pliable jewellery metals and is therefore more prone to scratches and warping. If you can’t have your ring polished and checked every couple of months, it’s best to steer clear of high-carat gold and instead opt for lower than 14 carats or sturdier metals, such as platinum and silver.
A Sure Thing
While you may go above and beyond to care for your rings, sometimes mistakes are made and they can become damaged, or you may even lose a stone. While most don’t stick to the old rule of buying an engagement ring worth no less than two months’ salary, it’s fair to say that for most people their engagement ring is one of the priciest pieces of jewellery in their collection. That is why insurance should go hand in hand with your purchase. While this won’t replace the sentimental value of your rings, at least you won’t be out of pocket should anything happen to your shining investment.
As an ever-present symbol of the love you and your partner share, your wedding rings not only look great on but also hold an immense amount of sentimental value. From regular cleans to knowing when to take them off, if you treat your precious set well, you can rest assured it’ll keep its pristine sparkle for many years to come.