For many women, engagement and wedding rings are the most precious jewelry they own. Odds are your rings are made from gold or another precious metal, and you may have diamonds and other gems. In other words, you have a lot of money sitting on your ring finger. Perhaps more importantly, your rings also hold enormous sentimental value. Bridal ring sets celebrate the promise you made to each other on your wedding day. That’s why it is vital to learn how to take care of your bridal ring set.
Of course, you want your bridal ring set to look good. The best way to keep your rings looking like new is to clean them regularly. Lotions, oil from your skin and dirt can clog the metal and cloud the gems. You can have your jeweler clean your rings for you when you are there for your regular check-up. Many jewelry stores offer free cleanings to returning customers.
You can also clean your rings at home with a few simple solutions. One way is to soak your rings in warm water and mild dishwashing liquid, scrubbing them with a soft toothbrush. If that isn’t working to clear the gunk, try soaking them in equal parts ammonia and cold water for at least 30 minutes and let them air dry.
Routine Maintenance and Protection
It is a good idea to schedule visits every six months to check on the condition of your rings. If you have diamonds or other jewels, a jeweler can check to ensure the prongs on your setting are in good shape. Loose prongs can equate to a lost diamond. A general rule is to go to the jeweler as often as you go to the dentist.
Additionally, remove your rings when you are doing a lot of work with your hands to avoid damaging them. It is also a good idea to remove them when you are doing anything in water, as water can make your fingers shrink. Whether washing dishes or swimming, it is a good idea to tuck the ring in a safe spot until you can put it back on.
Insure Your Assets
You insure your home, your car and your health – why not insure your bridal ring? You can consult with the jeweler who sold you the rings, and they may be able to refer you to a specialty insurance company. You can also add a jewelry rider to your existing homeowner’s or renter’s insurance if there is not one in there already. There are a few key things to look for on the policy, including coverage for theft, repair costs and losing your rings. To obtain insurance, you will need to know the cut and carat weight of the gem and the metal, all of which should be recorded on the appraisal. Consider submitting a photo of the rings as well.
Your rings are important for you, and not just because your husband had to finance them. To make sure your ring is protected, regularly clean it and take it to the jeweler to be tightened. An insurance policy can go a long way if your ring is lost or stolen. Your rings are your everyday reminder about one of the most important relationships in your life, so treat them well.
Article courtesy of Shane Co.