Keep Your Ring's Bling: Jewelry Care Guide

March 15, 2024

Keep Your Ring's Bling: Jewelry Care Guide

You know that incredible feeling when you look down at your hand to gaze upon a brand new ring that sparkles like a dream? (If not, you should forward our Ring Buying and Gifting Guide to a loved one for a 'not so' subtle hint.) 

A new ring can make your heart skip and bring about wonderful memories of the moment you slipped it onto your finger for the very first time. With some simple care tips, you can keep that feeling going for years to come.

Here are the basics:

Jewelry is precious.

It should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off (more on that later).The alcohols and oils in beauty products can affect the luster of your rings, so be sure to apply lotions, potions, makeup, and hairspray before you put your rings on. If you need to apply lotion or sanitize your hands (as is customary nowadays) throughout the day, remove your rings while doing so.

Keep it clean.

Clean your ring as needed with warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft brush (like a toothbrush). Rinse and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Some of our clients want a deeper clean at home and have had success with personal sized ultrasonic cleaners, similar to what would be used by a professional jeweler.

Certain types of settings should not be submerged in water for extended periods of time, but it’s a good rule of thumb to follow for all rings to ensure your fine jewelry is safe. Be sure to remove them before doing the dishes, bathing, swimming, etc.

If you are using tools, take off your jewels.

Whether you are working in the garden, remodeling the kitchen, or just working on your fitness - take your rings off. Heads up: weightlifting is a common culprit that isn't often considered until it's too late. Working with your hands while wearing fine jewelry can damage both the band and the setting. If you are working with or moving heavy objects, it's best not to wear your jewelry.

Dream of jewels, not in them.

It can be a hard habit to break, but sleeping in your rings is not advised. You could inadvertently cause damage to your investment piece:

    • Necklaces and bracelets can get tangled/snagged and break.
    • Earrings backs can fall off while sleeping, and you may not notice until the earring is gone. 
    • Rings with tall settings or pointy edges can scratch you as you sleep.

Put everything in its place.

Store your rings in a soft bag or proper jewelry box. Don’t just toss your fine jewelry in a drawer or you may end up with scratched/damaged jewels. Silver jewelry can tarnish so it should be stored in an anti-tarnish bag to minimize exposure to air and moisture. 

Get an annual checkup.

To keep your rings looking good as new, bring them in for a professional cleaning and inspection at least once a year. 

One more thing you may not think of:

Chemical exposure can damage your precious metal jewelry. Some commonly known irritants to avoid include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Abrasives
  • Chlorine (think swimming pools and hot tubs)

Did you know that naturally occurring chemicals can also cause metallic reactions? Hot springs and mineral springs can oxidize silver, same with other metals that contain silver alloys such as green gold.

When in doubt, take it off.

I want all of my customers to enjoy their jewelry for many, many years. That's why I suggest protecting your investment with proper care and consider fine jewelry insurance.

We can offer recommendations for the best insurance providers and help you with the appraisal process.

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