Ring Care – How do you keep your engagement ring nice?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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301 posts
Helper bee

Congratulations! I don’t particularly baby mine, but I do take it off to shower etc to avoid it getting gunked up over time with oily bath products etc. Every few days I wash it with some dish soap and a toothbrush, and maybe once a month it goes in the ultrasonic cleaner with some jewellery cleaning solution. I sometimes sleep with it on, do dishes with it but I don’t expose it to any sort of harsh chemicals when cleaning etc. I always try to put it in a safe spot when I do take it off, so I have a little dish or ring box in places I tend to take it off.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I bought a soft kids toothbrush that is only used on my ring and every week or so (or when it looks a little less sparkly than normal) I use warm water and dishsoap to clean it. I don’t wear it for cooking, dishes, or at the gym and bought an Enso silicone ring for anything high-risk (swimming, lifting weights, rowing). At night I put it in a little dish on my bedside table and I bought a second little tray for it in the kitchen – it never occured to me that this could scratch it though? So far, so good. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’m very similar to Lakehouse 🙂 I clean my ring with dish soap and warm water once a week, and I don’t wear it to bed, in the shower, while cooking, washing dishes, or working out. Maybe I’m too cautious, but I love my ring so much!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2004

I’ve been married for 14 years, and in the beginning, I tried to keep my ring pristine. I took and continue to take common-sense precautions like not wearing it while cleaning, swimming, exercising, bathing, and other random activities that could be harmful. However, wearing a ring through most of life’s experiences will lead to wear no matter what. It will only stay perfect in a jewelry case. I accept that normal scratches happen and will continue to happen, so embrace them! These little imperfections embody the age of your marriage, and when you’d like your ring to have a face lift, head over to your jeweler and he or she will polish it beautifully! Congratulations on your engagement, and I wish you many blessings on this new chapter of your life! 🙂

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I keep mine clean by taking it off all the time, lol. I don’t even let it get wet. I don’t sleep with it on either. Before I go to bed, I put it back in the ring box it came in. During the day, if I need to take it off to wash my hands or clean the litter box, I put it on a ring holder. We have 2 ring holders: one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. They look like this:

I chose this kind of ring holder because I didn’t want my ring clanging around in a dish. This holds my ring safely in the air and prevents it from hitting any hard surfaces. Every month or so, I clean my ring with the Diamond Dazzle Stik and dry it with a microfiber cloth.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Kudos to y’all who actually clean your rings on a regular basis! (A baby soft toothbrush, Dawn original dish soap – the kind without any added lotion – and very warm water works great.) 

I work in the jewelry industry and at my store we inspect rings under a gemsxope and clean them multiple times a day. You wouldn’t believe how NASTY 🤢 some rings are! All the buildup of skin cells, soaps, lotion, hair products, food, and crud built up over months will make us have to soak them in hot water for awhile before the ultrasonic can even start to knock anything loose. And then we have to scrub them, put them back in the ultrasonic, and then scrub them again. Oh, and when it’s really bad, we actually have to send them out to be steam cleaned by a jeweler because the debris has hardened onto the diamond! Talk about disgusting.

So yeah, please clean your rings regularly. (I do mine daily, before I put them on. Takes me <2 minutes and is part of my regular routine in the morning.)

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

The first couple years I had my ring, I cleaned it regularly in the shower with Connoisseurs Jewelry gel. Then I got bored with that routine and did it less frequently and just had an annoyingly dirty ring.

This year, I decided to buy an ultrasonic cleaner and now I drop it in there and let it run while I take a shower and my ring is beautiful and sparkling when I get out. My ring is pretty much always clean, now. (The ultrasonic cleaners aren’t recommended for rings with pave, though).

It sounds like you’re being very careful with your ring, but that practice doesn’t really seem sustainable long term. If your ring is so delicate that it needs to be treated like bubbles and clouds, you may want to look into a sturdier standin for more regular wear and keep the delicate one for special occasions so you don’t have to feel like you’ve got a Faberge egg on your hand every day. That would be stressful!

Also- being in the habit taking it off multiple times a day for various situations could increase the risk of losing it down the road because you’re used to your ring being off your finger. I tend to think that unless it’s super super delicate or you have work/lifestyle reasons that preclude your wearing it every day (medical fields, weightlifting etc.), it’s best, if you’re going to wear a ring, to just wear it and you’ll get more aware of how you move your hands, bumping it and the like.

My SIL had a wedding ring with a wooden inlay and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, I think day to day life resulted in the inlay breaking down and popping off of her ring within a year. Last I spoke with her, she said she was going to get it replaced. I have to check back with her to see what happened and how it’s held up since.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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homesewndress :  I use the connoisseur diamond dazzling stick. It really makes my diamonds sparkle (Halo ring). I tried using soap and warm water but since I wear my set 24/7, sometimes I need an actual cleaner

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