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How to Clean Your Engagement Ring

Posted: 04/10/17 03:41pm

Congratulations on your new engagement ring! It's such an exciting time, for you and your family. Once all of the hustle and bustle of your new engagement settles, you may think to yourself "how should I clean and care for my new ring?” Routine inspections and regular cleanings from a reputable jeweler can help ensure that your jewelry is in good condition.

During a professional inspection or cleaning, the jeweler will ensure that all of the stones are tight, check the wear on the band and prongs, and check for any damage. A jeweler will also give your new ring a professional cleaning. This includes a bath in an ultrasonic, and a quick toasty blast from a steamer. An ultrasonic is a cleaning tool that uses vibration (ultrasonic waves), and an ammonia based cleaning solution to free your piece of any excess oils and dirt. The steamer is used in the final stage of the cleaning process, which uses pressurized steam to blow any remaining grime from in and around prongs etc.

Diamonds love oils, whether they come from lotions, perfumes, shampoo, hairspray, etc. You love your ring, and wear it every day. That is what we want! If you find your ring looking a little lack luster and can't make it to your jeweler look no further than your own cleaning supplies cupboard. One of the main components in our professional cleaning solution is Ammonia. This chemical dissolves any grease and grime caught in your ring, and is safe for diamonds, and precious metals. Glass cleaner with an ammonia base makes the perfect at home cleaning solution for your beautiful engagement ring. You can also add a drop of dish soap, and some warm water. It should be noted, that ammonia is not safe to use on all gemstone types. If you have any questions on how to clean different gemstone jewelry contact your local jeweler.

If your engagement ring is made in white gold, you may notice a subtle change in its appearance after about 6 to 12 months. The shank or bottom portion of your ring will most likely display wear first. You may notice a slight beige or light yellow appearance, accompanied by a few small scratches. This is completely normal wear for a new engagement ring. White gold by nature has a beige or light yellow hue, which comes from the gold percentage within it. Pure gold is naturally yellow, and extremely soft. Because of this fact, the gold is mixed with other alloy metals to create a harder more durable piece. Different colored alloys are used to enhance the color of the final piece. For example, when Rose Gold or pink gold is created copper is added to give the metal a pink appearance. When White Gold is mixed, naturally white alloys are added to give the finished metal a "whiter" appearance. Rhodium is a naturally white metal, which is part of the Platinum family. To give a white gold piece its characteristic crisp white shine, a jeweler will Rhodium plate your ring. This process will return your gorgeous piece to a like-new condition. A professional jeweler will recommend this process as it will buff out any scratches, and electroplate the gold in rhodium. This process is completely safe and will not harm any of your stones in any way. The first step is to use a buffing wheel to remove any surface scratches, and any residual rhodium. The jeweler will then attach one electrode to your ring, and the other to the strip of rhodium. Once fully connected, the rhodium particles will adhere to the surface of the metal on your ring. Have no fear, the rhodium ONLY coats the surface of the gold and never the diamonds. Once completed your beloved piece will shine with the ferocity which it once did! 

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