Tips for Keeping your Wedding Ring Looking Great

Image by Print North East on FlickrYour wedding ring is one piece of wedding jewelry you’ll keep for a lifetime. Chances are you’ve dreamed of it all your life and now that you have it, you’ll want to protect it so it always keeps its shine.

There are many ways you can ensure that your wedding ring looks as great as the day you first opened that little velvet box. One is to always take it off and put it in a safe place if you are working with anything caustic like a chemical, paint, or other corrosive liquid. Often household cleaners can damage rings, so read the labels before you dive into your next project.
NEVER leave your wedding ring above a sink on a shelf or take it off near a sink and leave it on the counter “just for a second.” More plumbers have been called to snake out lost wedding rings than is necessary. If you take your ring off for any reason, put it in a box in the same place every time so you always know it’s safe.

A diamond is the hardest gem out there, but it’s not indestructible. Yes, it will cut glass and that’s why diamonds are used as cutting tools. Only a diamond can cut another diamond. But that’s where the hardness ends and the pampering has to start. You’re not planning on using your diamond as a tool, so don’t treat it like one. Baby your diamond. Small nicks and chips can mar your diamond so don’t think it’s fine to bang it around. Take it off when doing tasks that can cause it to chip or crack.

Get your setting looked at by a professional jeweler. Over time, the prongs can loosen and your diamond could fall out. To prevent this horrifying mishap, every so often you’ll want to bring it in to be tightened.

Use only cleansers that are approved for diamonds and the precious metal they are set in. Not all cleaners are equal. Ask at a jewelry store what they recommend you use. Some steam or ultrasonic cleaners that are on the market are very good. They allow you to place your ring in a container that blasts off the microscopic debris safely. But you’ll want to be sure it doesn’t contain chemicals that will react badly with your precious diamond.

If you are planning a vacation overseas or a cruise, you may want to consider leaving your good wedding set home in the safe or safety deposit box. There are many fantastic diamond simulants out there that you can wear instead. No one will be able to tell the difference. You can find an entire line of faux diamond jewelry on Home Shopping Network, QVC, and other places. For a fraction of the cost of your real set, you can own a set that looks just as fabulous but that won’t break your heart if it’s lost. So, if you’re planning on scuba diving, mountain climbing, or trekking through Europe, consider leaving your valuable and sentimental set behind.

Your diamond is meant to last. If you take care of it properly, you’ll be able to pass it down to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. A little precaution and pampering will ensure your ring is as lovely as ever for years to come.

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