It’s only natural that you’d want to keep something as precious and sentimental as a ring looking new—after all, if you’re taking care of an engagement or wedding ring, you’ll want to ensure it lasts a lifetime in excellent condition. This involves regularly cleaning your rings. However, there are common mistakes many people make when cleaning their rings, which results in potentially harming the ring. Here are a few simple dos and don’ts for cleaning your rings.
DO: Take your Jewelry to a reputable Independent Jewelry store for professional service. It is advisable to get your rings cleaned at least three times a year in order to prevent any permanent damage to your rings of the falling out of stones.
DON’T: Attempt to clean your diamond ring or any other expensive or treasured rings without doing a bit of research first. Certain rings need certain products and cleaning methods—don’t go in blind, or you may end up regretting it.
DO: Clean your ring in a familiar place. It may be tempting to clean your diamond ring in the restroom of an office, hotel, or restaurant, especially if you notice your ring isn’t shining as brightly as usual. However, it is too easy to forget or lose your ring in an unfamiliar place where you don’t know everyone.
DON’T: Clean your rings over the sink. Countless rings, many of them priceless, have disappeared down kitchen sink drains, some never to be found again. Don’t take the chance—simply avoid cleaning your ring over any place where the ring could fall and not be retrieved.
DO: Use a soft brush and cloth. A soft-bristled toothbrush (skip the toothpaste) is a handy tool for cleaning a ring. Make sure to soak your ring in water first—if the ring shows severe grime and dust, add a little mild liquid soap to the water—and then gently brush the ring, above and below the diamond or other jewels. Lastly, dab it dry with a soft cloth.
DON’T: Rub the ring’s jewel heavily with the cloth—it is possible that the fibers of the cloth could get caught in the ring’s prongs, pulling them apart and making it easier for the jewel or jewels to fall out.
Lastly, DO call Mitchum Jewelers at (417) 581-2415 for the finest professional cleaning you can get—our experts use only the finest products and methods to keep your rings sparkling and beautiful.