411 on cleaning and maintaining your jewelry

Although our rings are designed to be long lasting, resistant to damage, and stay shining and brilliant for a lifetime, there are a few things that you should to do to ensure that they maintain their beauty. If you care for your rings properly, you can not only make them look better in the present, but you can ensure that they keep looking good well into the future. You need to make sure to do it right, though. It is important that you learn how to clean and care for your wedding bands and engagement rings.

First, make sure you know what has gotten onto the ring

It is important to know what is on the ring because that could determine the best way to clean it. For example, if there is oil or some other kind of tough material, it is important to take it to a professional that has experience in dealing with this. You want to make sure that it gets done right so that you don’t damage the ring. If it is normal dirt, then you can probably handle it yourself, but it is best to be sure first.

Next, get some water

If your ring has been soiled by normal substances like common dirt, makeup or food then all you need is some warm water and some jewelry cleaner. Mix it together and soak your ring in it for about half an hour.

After 30 minutes…

After the time is up, take the ring out and gently brush it with an extra-soft tooth brush (make sure it is brand new!). Make sure to be gentle but thorough. Clean in the crevices and around the stone, especially in the setting where dirt tends to be stubborn. Do not use household cleaners like bleach – this is very bad for the ring. Once you are done brushing, run it under warm water. Your ring will be as good as new.

Take it to the Professionals!

We recommend that you have your rings checked every 6 months. Pick 2 dates on the calendar and stop into Thurber Jewelers for us to professionally clean and inspect it for you. With yellow gold or rose gold or platinum, we will first inspect the ring and make sure your stones are tight and the prongs look good. Once that process is complete, we will then buff your ring to get all those fine scratches out and then steam clean all of the stones. It will look like the day you got it! Now, with white gold, we have a different process. You notice that with white gold, it starts to look a little dingy and sad, that is because the rhodium plating has worn off. It’s nothing you did wrong, but it needs to be re-plated every 6 months to a year to give it that bright chrome finish again. Rhodium plating is hypo-allergic as well so if you have had some skin sensitivity issues this could actually help a lot.

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