Engagement Ring Care Guide
Engagement Ring Care from the Experts at Brockhaus Jewelry
An engagement ring is often the most treasured piece of jewelry that you will own or purchase in your lifetime. Proper care and cleaning are important to ensure that it will always look as beautiful as the day it was bought. When it comes to the do's and don'ts of caring for your ring, our helpful guide will teach you useful tips that will extend the life of your engagement ring.
When Not To Wear Your Engagement Ring
While you may feel compelled to wear your engagement ring all the time, it is a good idea to take it off for certain activities. Activities involving strong chemicals should be avoided. This includes cooking, cleaning, and even applying lotion or hand sanitizer. Activities like swimming and showering are also good to avoid when wearing your ring. Chlorine and abrasive salt water can damage the surface and there is always a risk of your ring slipping off and getting lost. Working out is equally dangerous as the ring can snag or bend which can loosen the settings. Keep your ring safe and store it in a secure place during any of these activities.
How To Clean an Engagement Ring at Home
From dust and dirt to cosmetics and household products, our jewelry is very susceptible to grime. Luckily, cleaning your ring at home can be easy and effective. Using a mild soap and warm water solution is a great way to remove surface dirt, oils, and loosen any particles that may have lodged in between the stones and the metal. In a small bowl, mix together dishwashing soap with warm water and soak your ring for at least twenty minutes. This will soften any dirt, which can then be easily brushed away using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Finish up with a quick rinse and polish with a soft cloth to give the ring a beautiful shine.
What Not To Use When Cleaning Your Engagement Ring
Avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasive cleansers is a must when it comes to caring for your engagement ring. The ring’s metal is fragile and needs to be treated with proper care along with the center stone. While diamonds are known for their impressive strength, they are not immune to damage. Chemicals like bleach, acetone, and chlorine are extremely harmful to the metal, as they can dull and corrode the surface. Abrasive cleaners like baking soda or toothpaste can leave tiny scratches behind that will mar the surface and dull the appearance of the ring. Any brush or cloth used to clean your ring should be soft and gentle, so avoid brushes with hard bristles that can scratch or loosen settings.
How Often Should You Clean Your Ring?
To keep your ring looking its best, regular cleanings are a must. Weekly cleanings at home are a great way to keep everyday dirt and oil from building up on a regular basis. However, experts recommend having your engagement ring professionally cleaned by a jeweler, like Brockhaus Jewelry, at least twice a year to keep things looking new. At our jewelry store, we offer complimentary jewelry cleanings for your precious pieces and ensure that your gemstones are properly secured on your engagement ring.
Professional Cleaning Services at Brockhaus Jewelry
At Brockhaus Jewelry, the care of your engagement ring is as important to us as it is to you. Having your ring professionally cleaned allows for the jeweler to give it that lustrous shine and spot any problems that are developing before they become serious issues. At our Norman jewelry showroom, we have been providing this valuable service since 1953 and look forward to extending this service to you. Visit our store today, located near Oklahoma City, Moore, and Edmond, or contact us for more information.