Whether you’re newly engaged or a newlywed, you’ll want to make sure your rock(s) are well cared for. Most jewelers will recommend that you have your rings cleaned and inspected at least 1-2 times a year, but what about between visits?
We’ve put together some basic how-tos of at-home engagement and wedding band care. Here’s the play-by-play:
Step 1: Fill a bowl with warm water
Step 2: Add gentle dishwashing soap
Step 3: Soak rings for 20 to 40 minutes
Step 4: Gently brush with a very soft toothbrush
Step 5: Air dry or pat with a soft cloth
Now that we’ve got the basics down, let’s cover some of the dos & don’ts of ring care so you can know the ins and outs of keeping your ring sparkling.
Do's & Don'ts of Ring Care
✓ DO clean your rings once a month.
✓ DO take your rings to a jeweler for cleaning and prong inspection one to two times a year.
✓ DO remove your rings while cleaning house or during rigorous sports to avoid damage
✓ DO keep ring dishes around the house for safekeeping (we love these by Houston artist, Box Sparrow Studio).
✓ DO get your ring insured to safeguard this symbol of your marriage.
X DON’T use abrasive cleaners like toothpaste, baking soda, or any powdered cleaner.
X DON’T use harsh chemicals like bleach, chlorine, or acetone while wearing your rings.
X DON’T use ultrasonic jewelry cleaners at home (leave it to the pros at the jewelry store)