Your engagement ring is a treasure you’ll cherish forever. It’s one of the most significant pieces of jewelry you’ll ever own, and as a permanent fixture on your left hand, it’s more susceptible to wear and tear than other pieces. The good news is you can keep your ring sparkling like brand new forever by following a few simple dos and don’ts.
From professional cleanings to chemicals to avoid, here are our top tips for taking care of your engagement ring.
DO CLEAN YOUR RING REGULARLY
Not only will regular cleanings keep your engagement ring sparkling, but they’ll also shorten the cleaning process in the long run. To keep your ring looking its best, try to clean it once every two weeks. That's enough to keep everyday grime at bay and maximize your ring’s sparkle.
The best way to clean diamond rings, no matter what your ring’s setting and/or metal type, is to make a solution with warm water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap. Soak your ring for about 20 to 40 minutes, very gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water. Rinse thoroughly, and if needed, repeat. A little soak in the KAY fine jewelry cleaner is also effective.
About twice a year, bring your ring into your nearest KAY store for a thorough, professional cleaning. You’ll love the way it shines like new and won’t be able to wait to show it off.
DON’T EXPOSE YOUR RING TO HARSH CHEMICALS & MOISTURIZERS
While it’s OK to use dish soap to clean your ring, avoid products that include moisturizers, which tend to leave a film.
Never expose your ring to household cleaners such as bleach, chlorine and acetone. These harsh chemicals can break down some of the base metals in your ring. And avoid abrasive products like toothpaste, baking soda and powdered cleaners, which can easily scratch metals.
When you’re drying your ring, avoid paper towels, which can also lead to scratches. Instead, use a soft cotton, microfiber cloth or let your ring air dry. The KAY polishing cloth is also gentle enough for drying your jewelry.
While it’s in high demand these days, hand sanitizer is another product to use with caution. Generally speaking, hand sanitizer is safe for most hard stones and precious metals such as silver, platinum, titanium and other plated rings. But if your ring contains soft stones like pearls or opals, the alcohol in hand sanitizer can damage them and dull their shine.
DO PURCHASE PROTECTION FOR YOUR RING
However careful you may be, life still happens. Things break, they get lost and even stolen. You can rest assured that your investment is protected by purchasing a KAY Extended Service Agreement and setting up an insurance policy for your ring.
The KAY Extended Service Agreement provides a lifetime protection for your ring and peace of mind for you by covering the cost of refurbishment, repairs, resizing and other services that can add up over time.
To ensure coverage in a worst-case scenario like loss or theft, consider an insurance policy. You’ll need to get an appraisal from a qualified gemologist and discuss options with your insurance provider. Many renter and homeowner policies include coverage for wedding and engagement rings. For something more comprehensive, consider an insurance company that focuses solely on the protection of fine jewelry.
DON’T REMOVE YOUR RING IN PUBLIC
As tempting as it may be to remove your ring before washing your hands at a restaurant or store, it’s best to resist the urge. More brides than you might think accidently leave theirs behind.
While you adjust to wearing an engagement ring, be conscientious of when you take you take it off and where you store it. At home, remove your ring before cooking or applying thick lotions, which can get stuck in your setting and discolor your band. It’s best to have a designated home for your ring, so you always know where it is. Many find it helpful to keep ring dishes in their bathroom and kitchen.
When headed out, plan accordingly. It’s best to leave your ring at home, where it will be safe and sound from hands-on activities, workout classes and afternoons at the beach. And you can still proudly and safely display your commitment with a durable silicone band.
With a little bit of planning and maintenance, your engagement ring can shine as bright as your love — and for as long, too. Have a tip, trick or advice to add? Be sure to share it with The Union community for others to enjoy!