Engagement and weddings rings are irreplaceable symbols of the love and commitment between married couples. With that in mind, you’ll naturally want to keep them looking good throughout your lifetime and as an heirloom for future generations. Here’s some basic advice to help you clean and care for these precious jewelry pieces.
Your engagement and wedding rings are likely the most valuable jewelry you own, so you’ll want to protect them against damage, loss or theft. That’s why it’s so important to have them appraised and insured by a reputable company, and to make sure your appraiser uses the appropriate form and includes all the necessary information.
It’s also a good idea to research your insurance options. Your homeowners or renters insurance policy may help cover the cost of stolen jewelry, but you may need additional coverage to insure the full appraised value of your rings.
You should visit your jeweler every six months for a professional ring inspection. Your jeweler will be able to detect damage to the prongs or band not easily seen by an untrained eye, and also ensure that the gems are secure in their settings. A jewelry inspection also typically includes cleaning and polishing, which will keep your rings looking brilliant and new.
We’ve all experienced that moment of panic when a priceless possession is misplaced. Since you’re bound to occasionally remove your engagement ring, dedicate a spot for safekeeping—one that’s easy to remember. For example, you might want to keep a small dish in the bathroom or kitchen—a safe distance from drains. When you’re not wearing your ring for an extended period of time, consider a space that is clean, dry and secure, such as a jewelry box.
Cleaning and Protection
Clean your rings regularly to remove the buildup of dirt and grime that comes with daily living, and to restore the shine and luster. Simply soak your ring in a solution of warm water and dish soap, gently scrub it with a soft toothbrush, and rinse it clean as needed. You should also protect your rings from harsh cleaning chemicals and certain physical activities.
These steps will go a long way toward protecting your engagement and wedding rings. However, daily wear and tear will still take its toll on any piece of jewelry. At Jeff Johnson & Co., you can trust our skilled craftsman to repair and restore your keepsakes. We hold ourselves to the highest quality standards and are available for all your jewelry needs.
Jeff Johnson & Co. is a full-service jeweler located in Upper Arlington, Ohio. We specialize in custom engagement rings, keepsakes for significant moments, and giving new life to family heirlooms. Our gemologists are trained by the Gemological Institute of America, and they work closely with each customer to ensure that we meet your vision and beyond. Stop by our showroom at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd. (off Henderson Road), call 614-459-8890, orwww.jjandcompany.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Jeff Johnson & Co.