PW Guide Article: Engagement Ring Care

apax submitted an article for the Project Wedding Guide.

Engagement Ring Care

Now that you're engaged, it's important you learn how to take care of your ring. Here's how.

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photo by: Todd Rafakovitch


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Posted on December 2, 2008 at 10:17 am
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WMforever
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great article. thanks! i'd like to also recommend seriously considering insurance!

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 10:19 am
BlingBride22
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Haha I do all these things! I have a little OCD ;) When I shake my ring to see if the prongs are lose people look at me like I'm crazy :) I second on the insurance I just insured my ring with Jewelers Mutual now I have piece of mind when I wear it....

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 10:21 am
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Don't put your e-ring in ammonia if it's white gold, ammonia will wear the rhodium plating off white gold (white gold is plated with rhodium to give it that white white finish).

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 10:27 am
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good to know!

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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For super quick, every day cleaning, just take a soft bristle toothbrush and give it a quick brush under water.  Remember to pay extra attention to the bottom of your diamond b/c it affects the fire and brilliance of your stone!

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm
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I didn't know about white gold and ammonia. I've been using ammonia and haven't seen a difference, so maybe it's not too late. What should I use instead? Any convenient household products like ammonia?

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm
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I use windex to clean mine, shines like...well...a diamond lol but it looks great, I also take it off at night so the dead skin cells don't collect on it, sorry that's kind of gross lol, and I don't wear it in the shower so the soap scum doesn't collect :)

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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Thanks so much!!! I already do all of this, but its great for other brides to know.  I'm so OCD.

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm
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these are awsome tips

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm
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The jewler that made my ring surprised us by telling us to clean it with dish soap and a toothbrush also! She claims it's one of the only products that does not leave a film on the diamond and does not weaked the gold prongs. It makes my diamonds sparkle like brand new!

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 11:59 am
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Awsame ring,  But I wear A titanium ring at my day:)

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm
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The jewler my ring came from gave us the red jar of cleaner.  I usually run mine under water and brush every morning... I finally have it and do all I can to keep it blinging!!  :)  My BFF cleans hers with vodka... I haven't tried it yet, but have any of you ever done this?

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 2:28 am
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These are great tips. I've also read an article talking about not wearing it at night because your bed sheets can snag or scratch the diamond and prongs over time. As well as not wearing it in the shower to avoid product buildup.

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 5:15 am
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Having worked in the jewelry industry, and having a beautiful setting to take care of myself, I can say you should NOT use any kind of soap. It will leave a residue and dull stones quickly. If you do, make sure it's rinsed well with warm water. Ammonia free windex is great for a quick fix or for removing a stuck ring. Never use lotion for removal as it will leave a residue as well.The cleaner in the red jar is great by the way! Not sure about the vodka thing, but if it doesn't work, I'm sure it can be put to other uses... ;0)


If you do have a white gold ring (all are rhodium plated) and take it to the jeweler make sure they don't polish as that will remove the plating. Ultrasonic cleaner and steamer is the best. Most jewelers will do this for free as well as check the stones. For best results, I take mine in for a professional (free) clean and checkup every two-three months.


One final bit of advice is too keep the ring at home or in a jewelry bag while at the gym too in order to avoid dings or scratches caused by metal on weights and sweat build up.


Mine has all sorts of nooks and crannies to clean so I like a soft bristle brush as well. Here's the engagement ring. Still in perfect condition after 5 yrs. (knock on wood!)


Having worked in the photo 2844620-1


 

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 9:46 am
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Anyone know the name/brand of the "cleaner in the red jar?" And/or where to get it?! Thanks :)

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm
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The cleaner in the red jar is Connoisseurs jewelry cleaner, and I saw some at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I got some with my ring, and it works great!  It comes with a small brush as well.

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 5:22 am

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