When you say “I do” you promise to spend the rest of your life with your partner. Likewise, you want your engagement ring and wedding bands to last equally as long. Fortunately, proper care will extend your rings’ lifespan while also protecting your jewelry’s beauty. These six tips will keep your jewelry safe, sturdy and shining like new.
1. Get Your Ring Checked
Consistent ring checks are among the most important tips we can give when it comes to protecting your ring. Sometimes diamonds can get loose. A semiannual check from a jeweler can mean the difference between a quick prong repair and a lost center diamond.
In Missouri? Buchroeders will complementarily examine your diamond ring to ensure everything is secure and in good condition.
2. Keep It Clean
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the best diamonds are known for their sparkle. Unfortunately, residue from makeup, hairspray, lotions and dirt can build up on your gemstones, causing your jewelry to lose some of its luster.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution to care for your ring and prevent residue build-up: cleaning your jewelry. Buchroeders offers jewelry cleanings, regardless of whether your rings were originally purchased here. We also sell jewelry cleaners that you can take home with you to keep your jewelry looking bright.
However, if you’re in a pinch, and don’t have time to come by, you can also clean your jewelry with of dish soap and a soft-bristle brush. Soak your ring in warm water, add a drop of dish soap, and let it sit for 20-40 minutes. Once your ring has finished soaking, gently use a soft bristle brush, such as a toothbrush, to remove any stubborn stains. Don’t forget to rinse your ring under warm running water.
3. Wear it!
You have a beautiful ring. Show it off! Engagement rings are meant to be worn and swooned over. Believe it or not, wearing your wedding set actually reduces the likelihood of loss and theft, since it’s difficult to lose your rings whenever they’re securely on your finger. The more you wear your ring, the lower your chances of losing it.
4. Know When to Take It Off
There’s a time and a place for everything, and some places are not right for your ring. For example, if you’re headed to lift weights or go rock climbing, it may be best to keep your ring at home. Avoid wearing your rings in situations where it is likely to be damaged, such as the gym or when you’re cleaning the house.
Keep in mind that harsh cleaning agents such as bleach can damage your jewelry, especially diamonds and plated metals such as white gold.
Instead, consider keeping your precious jewelry at home and instead adopting a nearly indestructible silicon band, known as a Qalo Band. These silicone bands can withstand tremendous heat, pressure and pull. Ask us about Qalo bands to keep your engagement ring protected today.
5. Make It a Habit
Whenever you’re not wearing your ring, care for your ring by making sure to keep it one secure location. Whether it’s a dish on your countertop or in its box in a nightstand, storing your ring in a single safe place reduces the risk of losing your wedding jewelry.
6. Protect Yourself From the Worst
Whether you prefer classic halos, glittering solitaries, romantic three stones or striking straight settings, your engagement ring is one of the most personal and significant possessions you’ll own. Unfortunately, even the most conscientious jewelry owner can face unexpected damage or loss.
Make sure you’re protected in any situation. Buchroeders offers a comprehensive protection plan that will keep you covered in case of loss, theft or damage through Assurance. Assurance covers all repairs, from repairing old prongs to replacing lost or damaged center diamonds. Assurance provides coverage with no premiums or annual inspections.