Simple Ways to Care for, Clean, and Store Your Engagement and Wedding Rings

Photo credit JDickert on Flickr.

Photo credit JDickert on Flickr.

I’ve never been the kind of girl who needed to wear expensive jewelry. Most of the stuff I wear comes from affordable (read: cheap) places like Forever 21, Charming Charlie, or Modcloth. While this is great for my wallet, these pieces of jewelry have not prepared me at all for owning an expensive piece of jewelry. But now that I’ve got an engagement ring (and eventually, a wedding band) to care for, I figured I’d better do some reading.

So I present to you some simple ways to keep your engagement rings looking as beautiful as you!

How to Store Your Rings

First, it’s important to remember that rings get dirty, and they also get scratches. It happens! Since engagement/wedding rings are worn with frequency, and we use our hands a lot, all rings will eventually suffer from minor (but I promise you, barely noticeable) scratches on its band. But these can often be polished away if desired. Speak to your jeweler for more information on this.

So when it comes to storing your engagement ring, try to keep it away from your other jewelry, as other pieces of jewelry can cause unnecessary scratches.

I’d recommend investing in a ring holder or even a ring box to keep your ring safe. There are tons to choose from over on Etsy, or you can opt for some basic ring boxes from Amazon.

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Clockwise, from top left: 4-pack of black velvet ring boxes via Amazon ($7.50); framed ring holder via Etsy ($15); personalized ceramic ring dish via Etsy ($34); ceramic deer jewelry holder via Forever 21 ($6.80).

As for the dirt…

Two Easy Ways To Do At-Home Ring Cleanings

While most jewelers recommend getting your ring professionally cleaned, there are some simple ways to care for your ring at home. You can clean your ring as much or as little as you want, as long as you are gentle and careful. Some clean their rings every week, while others hardly ever clean their rings.

Cleaning Method #1: Baking Soda

  1. In a small bowl, combine one part baking soda with one part water to create a “paste.”
  2. Apply this paste to all parts of the ring using your fingers. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to assist.
  3. Once the ring has been sufficiently covered in the paste, rinse the ring with warm water.
  4. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

Cleaning Method #2: Dishwashing Detergent

  1. In a bowl, combine 3 parts warm water with 1 part dishwashing detergent. This solution works especially well to get rid of oils/lotions that may be on your ring.
  2. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to dip into the concoction and apply it to the ring.
    • For rings that are a little dirtier, feel free to leave the ring in the solution overnight.
  3. Rinse with water.
  4. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

General Care Tips for Your Engagement Ring

  • Always take your ring off before putting on lotion or using hair products.
  • Never expose your ring to chlorine bleach or any other harsh chemicals.
  • While we’re at it, try not to wear your ring while doing any kind of rough work.
  • Take your ring(s) to a jeweler at least once a year, preferably the jeweler you got your ring from. They can do a thorough cleaning, and also check the settings on your ring to make sure they aren’t loose.
  • When cleaning your ring at home, ONLY use an ammonia and water solution if you have a diamond ring. Ammonia can seriously damage any other stones. If you’re unsure, or if your ring combines other stones with diamonds, stick with the two DIY cleaning options above.

How do you keep your engagement and wedding rings nice and sparkly?

1 Comments

  1. Great tips! I was in the same boat when I got engaged…I was like, “Help, what do I do with such a nice piece of jewelry.” LOL.

    They say that the safest place for your ring is on your finger, but I’ve been keeping mine off at night (I felt like it was getting bumped while I moved around in my sleep and I didn’t like that feeling). I also remove when washing dishes and showering. Whenever it comes off, it goes in a ring holder of some sort – I have one in my kitchen, bathroom, and by my bed.

    Lastly, I’d add that do not wear your ring doing yard work…learned this the hard way yesterday while carrying ceramic pots into the shed for the winter. Though my jeweler may be able to buff out the tiny scratch, I was devastated. I will be more careful next time 🙁

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