Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Now that you’ve got that new bling on your finger, you’re probably wondering how to keep it looking brand spankin’ new. Your babe has put so much time (and money) into finding the perfect ring, so of course we want to do the best we can to keep it looking perfect – especially for your Engagement Session and Wedding Day.
So without further ado, here are some of my personal tips and tricks to keep that ring shining bright. Of course, these also work for wedding bands.
- Wash your ring with warm water and a mild dish detergent. Shampoo or body wash also works but avoid anything with moisturizer—it leaves a film. If there are tough spots or stains, use a soft brush. Let air dry or use a cotton cloth.
- Use a store-bought jewelry cleaner or one recommended by your jeweler.
- Take your rings in for yearly maintenance and cleaning at the jewelers—this is often covered by a warranty if your babe purchased the ring.
- Soak diamond rings in ammonia and cold water for 30 minutes, then let it air dry.
- Don’t use powders like baking soda! These will scratch your ring, especially if it’s made of a softer metal like gold.
- Clean your ring regularly—up to once a week.
- Insure your ring.
- When you’re cleaning the house, dishes, laundry, etc. with harsh chemicals, remove your ring and store in a safe, clean place.
- If a prong or one of your stones is loose, always take it in to a professional jeweler. It’s so easy to lose the stones, and it would be tragic (and expensive) if you had to replace it.
- Silver rings can be cleaned by soaking in a solution of 50% Windex and 50% hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes.
I am not a professional ring cleaner but I’ve had my fair share of puke filled diamonds (comes with having kids) and have had to research ways to clean out all the gunk when I don’t have the time to go to my jeweler. So bookmark this and come back to it when necessary. Especially after having kids. You’ll thank me later!