Once you’ve gotten that pretty sparkler on your left hand, it’s easy for your mind to get lost in thoughts of wedding planning. Yet just like anything else of value, (both sentimental and monetary) with daily wear and over time it will require proper maintenance and engagement ring care. Here is a crash course in engagement ring care, to consistently keep your bauble sparkling and in great condition.
Cleaning your ring is essential to keeping it sparkling, shining, and well, clean. Every day your skin produces oils that can cloud the stones and dull the metals, and it’s easy for it to collect residue from beauty products, lotions, and dirt. There are tons of recommended methods to keeping your ring clean, and you’ve probably heard it all—from toothpaste to gin, dish soap, and more. One thing all experts can agree with is that having your precious ring cleaned professionally is always your best bet. Bring it to the place of purchase, or your trusted jewelry for expert cleaning.
Dipping / Rhodium Plating
Overtime, white gold rings can begin to dull or even start to yellow. (After all, white gold is really original yellow gold with rhodium.) Having a ring dipped/re-dipped or rhodium plated is a great idea to restore the luster and smoothness of the metal, as well as it’s silver/white coloring.
Brides who have worn their engagement ring for quite some time often have their ring dipped prior to the wedding day, so it’s picture perfect and looks brand new on the big day. Aside from that, the frequency for which you should have your white gold ring dipped or plated is unique to the wearer. Depending on product use, length of wear, exposure to chemicals, sweat, etc., the playing may ware more quickly or slowly, respectively. Some people can go years without needing to dip, while others may do it annually, or more.
It’s pretty much a given that rings will ultimately get scratched or nicked, however frustrating it may be. To get rid of these dents and dings, it’s tempting to have your ring buffed or polished to restore smoothness and even shine. It’s important to keep in mind that essentially, buffing or polishing essentially wears down the metal of your ring, which isn’t always a good thing. So, don’t go too crazy, and always seek a professional. While one or two sessions might not cause any damage, it shouldn’t become a habit, unlike cleaning, which should.
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As part of a good ring maintenance routine, it’s important to have the setting on your engagement ring checked out to ensure its tight and properly fitted. After all, those tiny prongs are what keeps your stones safe and secure. Occasional knocks, bumps and pulls can loosen a setting overtime, and preventing damaged or prongs or lose prongs can save a whole lot of heartache later. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have the setting checked anywhere from every 6-12 months by a professional. A great at-home test is to run your ring over a washcloth, and if any of the prongs pull on the terrycloth, it’s a good idea to get them tightened ASAP.