Your engagement ring should be something you can be proud of. When you first get your ring, there is nothing shinier and sparkly than your engagement ring, and that's how it should be. After you've had your ring for a long time though, you will notice that it doesn't really stay as shiny and sparkly as you would like. This is where cleaning and maintenance comes in. If you clean your ring regularly, you should be able to keep it as sparkly as it was the day it was put on your finger. And here's how:
- Maintenance: The first and possibly most important step to keeping your ring in tip top shape is maintenance. Whenever you're doing anything involving chemicals such as cleaning or swimming, be sure to remove your ring first to avoid damage. This also applies to doing anything labor-intensive where your ring could get smashed or broken.
- Cleaning: The first step in cleaning your ring is determining what you are trying to remove. If you are simply trying to remove everyday dirt and grime, then a simple at-home remedy of warm water and dish soap will work just fine. Soak your ring in the water and dish soap solution then use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub it clean. This type of cleaning is safe to use with any stone and any type of metal. You can also soak your ring in a mixture of equal parts ammonia and water for half an hour and then let it air dry. But only do this if your stone is diamond. The ammonia can damage other types of stones.
- See Your Jeweler: If you spend a lot of time outdoors or if you spend abnormal amounts of time in the kitchen around grease and grime, you will want to have your ring cleaned by a professional at a jewelery store like P.K. Bennett Jewelers. Dirt and grime can get compacted into the crevices in your ring, making home remedies somewhat inefficient. The reason professionals can get your ring cleaner than you can is because they use professional-grade solutions and equipment. It's also a good idea to take your ring in once a year for routine maintenance like buffing or tightening the sides of your ring so your stone stays secure.
Keeping your ring bright and shiny long after it goes on your finger isn't difficult to do if you take the right measures. Keep it away from things that will harm it, clean it at home, and visit your jeweler regularly to ensure it stays safe and beautiful.