(Closed) How often do you take your ring in for maintenance?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine is 6 months as well but make sure that it is optional… Mine the warranty only staus validof I bring it in every 6mths. They even sign off on my paperwork that I’ve had it in

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Congratulations!!!

I bring mine in to get it cleaned usually once a month, and every six months is how often they say I should bring it in to get everything checked, but if they’re not busy, they usually check it out when I bring it to get it cleaned.

For what it’s worth, my rings are white gold, and I used to take mine off for everything too because I was afraid of it “turning” sooner because of lotion and soaps and things.  My jeweler said that the only thing that can affect that is really harsh chemicals, like chlorine.  She said lotion and soap won’t hurt it.  So I rarely take mine off anymore.  Mainly bc it’s not worth it to me to misplace it or lose it.  And the couple of times that I took them off to wash my hair, and accidentally left them on the side of the bathtub, my husband hid the from me.  Which was cruel, but it taught me a lesson:) So unless we’re going swimming in the pool, or I have to put chlorine tabs in the pool, then these puppies stay on!

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am always checking my ring myself periodically – at least once a month.  I take it to my ear and tap it to see if I hear any movement.  I have been engaged a little over two years now, and I’ve had to send it in to be tightened at least 5 times.  Taking it off for certain activities will certainly help extend the life of your ring and the time between prong tightenings.

You’re not alone in your ring paranoia.  I had to resize my ring when we got engaged, so I was always afraid it would slip off and I’d lose it. I’m always super careful when wearing it now, and I often check my ring to make sure the stone is still there, haha.  I always take mine off for a shower, washing dishes, and doing any kind of work with my hands (I’m prone to hit it on things – bad hand-eye coordination!). 

I’d say if you’re not checking your own ring regularly, definitely keep to the schedule of bringing it in every 6 months.  Even if it doesn’t need tightened, the cleaning will make it look FABULOUS, and if you’re close by to the jeweler and can get that for free.. I say why not?!  🙂

Oh, and CONGRATS on your engagement!!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine comes with unlimited warrnty for one year and I am suppose to bring it in every 3 months for the first year for a “check up”.  We bought extra warranty which was only $300 for the lifetime.  Which includes check up once a year, free plating every free year and free size adjustment and should any of the small stones fall out they replace for free. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Usually the maintenance plan is tied to a warranty, meaning that you need to get the prongs checked to keep the warranty valid. So, check into that!

 
My new rings do not have prongs at all, so I am not going to worry about “regular maintenance” (and they are very low maintenance anyway, bezel, flush set, and brushed finish), but my old rings with a 4-prong-set centre stone (flush set accents) I took them in 1-2x a year to get checked. It does not take long, and they would usually clean them for me. My rings were ordered via online retailer, so I just found a great local jeweler to do this for me.

 
I think it is good to take it off for the things you have mentioned. I never wear my rings while working with tools, gross things, chemicals, working out at gym (weights), putting on lotions/sunblock, usually not while running everyday (for sunblock factor, but also I have tripped a couple times even on treadmill at gym and do not want to bang them hard!), in the ocean on vacation, while showering, sleeping, etc. I do wear them at home, but take them off for anything where there is either risk of damage to them or my finger, or just risk of gross gunk getting on them. And again, I plan to continue this even with far lower maintenance rings! Also a good reason to clean them while they are off of my hand! I clean them about 2x a week.

I do not take them off if I am just washing my hands.

I have a couple designated spots (ringholders) in the house I put them if I take them off (I never just take them off and leave them anywhere!) and if I need to take them off out of house, I have a ringholder at work, as well as a chain that holds a pendant that I slip them on. You can also get a specific ring holder pendant – check out AloraLocks on Etsy – to clip them on if you take them off while out of the house for any reason.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My fiance likes to pay his monthly bill in person, so we hit the jeweler once a month and they always shine the ring up and double check things. Like others, my warranty calls for a six-month check-up, which amounts to pretty much the same thing only with paperwork being signed.

After the ring is paid off in September, we’ll probably go every three months for a cleaning/check-up (and to browse the new jewelry!).

I was super careful with my ring for the first month or two, then it just became the norm…last week I was making cupcakes and dying icing and after it was all over I realized I still had my ring on (typically I don’t allow dye of any type near the ring)…but all was good!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@best10612:  Yep that’s my warranty too – only valid if I bring it in every 6 months. I’ve been married 1.5 years and this is the first time I’ve ever had to send it in for loose prongs – I’m just grateful they do all the work for free and heading in 5 minutes every 6 mo is worth it!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have to take mine in every March & September. (6 months) which is okay now but for the rest of my life?! AH! If I do it will replace any diamond I lose, even my center stone for free. I get it cleaned each time too. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have a a lifetime six-month check up plan (I call it a tune-up!). It includes being cleaned, resized (up or down two sizes), tightened, etc. They sign off on it and if any work is done by an outside store, the warrenty is void. I’ve been taking mine off when I do the dishes and shower, but otherwise, it stays on all them time. My Fiance is going to get me a Lennox ring holder for those times.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

sounds like you got ur ring from zales?..am I right?..lol my ring is to be inspected every 6 months as well…and it’s just my “norm” to be what you call “paranoid” …i take off my ring for many things, washing dishes/hands, cooking, cleaning with certain products, showering. My Mother-In-Law is always making fun of me for being that way and says that I need to just get over cuz i’m gonna end up losing my ring b/c i take it off for every lil thing…but i can’t help it…glad to know now that i’m not the only one!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was paranoid when I first got mine and sometimes in the night I would freak out and think it wasn’t on my finger.  I always wear it, because for me, I was more worried about losing it than having it on and… possibly banging it or something.  Now I am adjusted to being more careful with that hand, but I always wear it.  Except in a pool, that is really bad for gold!

I think if you have the maintenance included, why not?

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