Caring for your new ring!

Written by wedding-rings  |  24. December 2003

Caring for Wedding and Engagement Rings Congratulations!! You are engaged to the most wonderful person in the world. And you have the most beautiful ring in the world. How will it look a year or two from now? That depends very much on how you take care of it! Do's and Don't of caring for your rings. 1.Please remember that jewelry used to be worn only on special occasions. They are made of precious metals and not made to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2.When you get home take off your rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, and put them in a safe place. You will be surprised how great they will look 10, 20 years from now. 3.Platinum is 95% pure so it scratches easily. Avoid house work in it - or you'll need to polish very regularly. 4.14K white gold has a yellow tint, so it is plated with rhodium. If you wear it all the time it will turn yellowish, and you'll need to plated it regularly - $40-$50 if done well. 5.Do not waste money on home Ultrasonic - they will shake your stones loose if you use it too often. 6.Jewelry cleaner is safe to use - 2-3 times a week, 15-20 minutes each. Rinse off with hot water - but not in the sink. 7.Instead of sizing rings down, have them 'shots', 2 small balls inside the shank. These can always be removed if your finger gets bigger again. 8.Make sure you have your rings independently APPRAISED. That means not going to another jewelry store but an independent gemologist, like the Jewelry Judge. 9.And finally, make sure you have you're rings insured. Diamonds can chip. Use a company like Jeweler's Mutual instead of State Farm or taking a rider on your homeowners policy. J.M. is much better at paying out.

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