Many women dream about the moment they get engaged since they are young. Engagement rings are the ultimate symbol of love and commitment between partners, and they symbolize an everlasting relationship. If you're newly engaged and you're still getting used to wearing fine jewelry on a daily basis, you may have some questions about jewelry care.
It's always possible to bring your engagement ring to Albert's Diamond Jewelers for professional cleaning, but it's always nice to know how to do this at home. Here are some tips from our jewelry consultants.
What Causes Rings to Dull?
Cosmetics such as lotion, makeup, perfume, or even hairspray can cause your rings to lose their shine. If you notice your ring isn't as vibrant as it once was, restoring it to its natural glory isn't time-consuming or complicated.
As a general rule of thumb, products that are used for moisturizing are typically the reason your ring looks cloudy or dirty.
Step 1: Create the Mixture
Simply create a mixture of nearly hot water and mild dish soap in a small bowl. Place your engagement ring in it and allow it to soak for up to 40 minutes for the best results. You can also use the same soaking technique for your wedding ring in Valparaiso.
Step 2: Gently Scrub with a Toothbrush
After enough time has passed, grab a new toothbrush and gently scrub your ring. Make sure that you're using a soft-bristled brush for this part, as stiffer bristles can potentially cause damage to your ring.
Step 3: Repeat the Soaking Process as Necessary
If you still aren't satisfied with how your rings look after one round of soaking, you can repeat this part of the process as often as you'd like.
Step 4: Let It Dry
Avoid using a paper towel when drying off your engagement ring or wedding band. This can leave behind small scratches. Instead, opt for a cotton cloth to wipe it down, or you can simply let your ring(s) air dry.
How Often Is Enough?
Ideally, you'll complete this process once a week to keep your ring looking new. It's recommended to bring your ring to our jewelry store in northwest Indiana at least twice a year for a professional cleaning.
For more questions about jewelry cleaning or to browse our inventory of GIA-certified diamonds, get in touch with us at Albert's Diamond Jewelers today!