Wedding jewelry isn’t just an expensive possession. It is also a precious item that holds deep meaning to its owner. A wedding ring, for example, symbolizes the union of two people and their promise to love each other and be together for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.
Knowing how important your jewels are, you should learn how to take proper care of your wedding jewelry. Get an insurance as early to protect your memorabilia of one of the most important events of your life. Most of all, maintain the shine and sparkle of your wedding ring and other jewelry by cleaning them the right way. There are a variety of ways to properly clean different types of metal jewelry.
Cleaning All Types of Metal Jewelry
Using soap and water is an all-around solution for cleaning all types of metal jewelry—silver, gold, platinum. This is also safe for cleaning diamond-encrusted jewelry, like your gold wedding ring, white gold princess-cut ring, and studded earrings.
You can just soak your wedding ring in a bowl of mild dishwashing soap and very warm water for 20 to 40 minutes. If there is any residue, use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove dirt, lotion, oil, and stains.
Alternatively, you can also use a nonabrasive and chemical-free solution to safely clean your wedding jewelry. Research highly rated and recommended cleaners by jewelry experts and owners.
For a diamond ring, you can soak it in equal parts ammonia and cold water for 30 minutes to make it clean and sparkly again. Use this solution only for cleaning diamond rings as ammonia will ruin other gemstones.
There are lots of home ingredients you can use for cleaning your jewelry. Vinegar can also be used for cleaning gold and silver jewelry, but it’s not safe to use for cleaning gemstones and pearls.
You can also use denture tablets to restore the old sparkle of your diamond engagement ring or earrings. Toss a denture tablet in a glass of water, followed by your diamond ring. Let it soak for several minutes. Remove and rinse your ring, then wipe it dry with a soft cloth. And there you have it—a sparkly, new-looking diamond ring!
Cleaning Solid-Gold Jewelry
Your gold wedding band can lose its luster over time. Your natural oils, cream, lotion, and dust can leave residue and make your gold ring dirty. You don’t have to go to a jewelry cleaner or use an expensive product to restore its shine, though. Just use beer.
Beer, not including dark ale, can bring the luster of your old wedding band. Pour a bit of beer on a soft cloth, just enough to get it wet. Gently rub the cloth on the ring (skip the gemstone!) until it’s shiny and clean. Finally, take another clean soft cloth, and wipe the ring dry.
Cleaning Silver Diamond Rings
If you haven’t heard it yet, vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It can be used to clean almost everything, from your house to your jewelry. Combine it with baking soda, and you get a gentle yet effective cleaner for your precious silver jewelry!
To clean your silver diamond ring, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl. Stir the mixture until the baking soda has completely dissolved. Soak your diamond silver ring in the mixture for two to three hours. Rinse it with cold water, and wipe it dry using a soft cloth.
Ketchup can also work wonders for your tarnished silver jewelry. That’s right; your favorite pair for french fries can restore the shine of your old silver ring. Just pour a bit of ketchup in a bowl.
Put your ring in the bowl, and leave it for a few minutes. Then take a soft-bristled brush, and gently work the ketchup in the crevices. Rinse the ring using lukewarm water, and dry with a soft cloth.
Surprisingly, aluminum foil also cleans and returns the shine of silver jewelry, in a procedure called ion exchange. Line aluminum foil in a small bowl, then mix hot water and one tablespoon of bleach-free powder laundry detergent in the bowl. Leave your jewelry to soak in the solution for one minute. Clean with water, and air-dry your ring.
Taking Care of Your Wedding Jewelry
Your wedding jewelry is your own treasure. Your valued gems are important reminders of one of the most special days of your life, so you should know how to take care of them and make them last longer. Take off your jewelry when you’re doing extreme physical activities or doing chores. Be careful not to bump your rings and other jewelry or scratch them on hard surfaces.
Regularly clean your wedding jewelry with a gentle touch, using nonabrasive products. Get your diamond-encrusted jewelry checked by a jeweler once a year to see if the gem is still securely mounted.
Finally, protect your precious wedding jewelry by getting them insured. Nobody wants to lose their precious belongings, but in case something happens, it’s better to have a way to compensate for the loss than to having nothing at all.