Wedding rings… not only are they one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry you own (if not the most!), but they hold immeasurable sentimental value! Not to worry, there are easy ways to care for your rings, no matter the intricacies of design, or type of metal.
First and Foremost, it is always a good idea to get your
rings insured. It is easier than you think, and relatively inexpensive. The cost
is usually $1-$2 per every $100 you bought your wedding ring for. This is usually an
annual fee you will continually pay. Some stores include ring insurance in
their policies as long as you meet their requirements, so always check with
your jeweler before getting insurance. These requirements may include bringing
the ring in every 6 months for a cleaning and to check the settings, or something similar.
Cleaning your rings... Your rings, especially rings with a lot of detail, collect dirt, dander, oils from your skin, and lotion. Caring for your rings is easy! All you need to do is follow these steps:
1. Make a solution with really warm water, almost hot, and liquid dish soap. (The dish soap will help to break down the oils).
2. Soak your ring in the solution for about half an hour.
3. Gently scrub ring with a soft bristled tooth brush. I like to use a baby tooth brush.
4. Rinse under warm running water, and Voilá!
Using this soap and water method is the best solution to use for all ring and metal types, but there are also different products you can buy. When buying a Jewelry Cleaning Solution, make sure to check it's contents. It should be chemical-free and non-abrasive. Chemicals can damage or discolor your ring.
If you choose to clean your ring yourself, you should still bring your ring into a jeweler periodically to get the setting checked. You don't want to have to replace the stones unnecessarily! Wearing anything daily, it is bound to have wear and tear. The prongs on your ring should be checked roughly every six months.