Ok ladies- you’ve got the ring. Everyone wants to see it. You know the one major rule of the newly engaged- always ALWAYS have your nails done. It’s a cardinal rule. But after the “ooh’s and ahh’s” and constant photos start to lessen, it’s time to focus on a more important upkeep- the ring itself.
Also, I’m super ashamed at my nails. If you know me, they are 100% at all times- primed, shaped and perfectly polished. I can’t even handle chips without re-painting. But my nails have been struggling for real lately since I took off my acrylics (I know, I know), so I figured I’d let them breathe for a minute.
Most women don’t realize how dirty their rings can actually get. Lotions, everyday dirt and gunk, and skin oils regularly come in contact with your bling and can start to cloud it. So even if you don’t think it’s dirty, it’s probably a good idea to clean it once in awhile.
There are a number of ways to keep your ring clean and sparkly. Here are some of my top tips and tricks:
- clean your ring once a week
This is what I aim to do. I usually do mine on Sunday, since I’m already doing my weekday planning that day. It honestly only takes maybe a minute.
You can definitely use jewelry cleaners- most jewelry stores have them as well as stores like Target. Make sure you read the labels- some formulas are made specifically for certain stones or setting metals. Don’t use one that does not specifically state that it is safe for your ring- you don’t want to tarnish it. I usually buy the cleaner as a backup, but more for the little cleaning brush TBH (which I highly recommend doing).
I also recommend using a gentle dishwashing liquid. This is my preferred way to clean my ring. I usually soak in a shallow bowl of warm water for about 30 seconds, then use the small jewelry brush to clean it using this soap and re-soak. it always leaves my ring looking sparkly and new- and it’s so cheap and easy to do at home!
- On the Go: If you are traveling or are just a busy run-out-the-door kind of person (AKA me every day), then definitely check out Bling Wipes. They’re travel-sized wipe cloths you can clean any jewelry with and they are phenomenal. Throw them in your suitcase or purse and you’re ready to go.
In addition to cleaning your ring, another major part of upkeep is to not wear it in certain situations.
- Gym: Most jewelers will tell you to avoid wearing your ring to the gym if possible. Materials used in engagement rings is “soft” and when heat or warmth is applied, they can become slightly bent in shape. You want to avoid this.
- Cleaning: If you are cleaning your house with chemicals, leave your ring in your jewelry box. The chemicals can erode the diamond and some like ammonia can even change the color of the diamond. Yikes!
- Getting Ready: More specifically, putting on lotion and hairspray. The lotion can get stuck in the prongs, which you definitely want to avoid. The hairspray can make the diamond look cloudy and can cause a buildup that will eventually erode the natural shine. This is one that I especially try to be good about, just because of the amount of products I use to get ready. I also don’t usually wear it when I wash my face in the AM, but that’s just me.
- Cooking: This one is just more a personal concern of mine, especially when baking or cooking something with sauce. Food particles can get stuck so easily in the small crevices and cloud the diamond. I know some other women who prefer to keep theirs on in the kitchen, but unless I’m just throwing together a quick salad or smoothie, I tend to take it off and store it beforehand.
And always always make sure to get your ring insured and sized properly. There’s nothing scarier than losing it or having it fly off your hand.
How do you keep your engagement ring clean and photo-ready?