Antique Engagement Rings – Making It Shine Again

No matter what your entrance into the world of antique engagement rings, choice, heirloom or a value opportunity, you will want to make sure it remains the lovely piece it was on the day you presented it to her.  With just a few tips on care you can ensure that it will remain the symbol of your love to her for many a year to come.

Don’t Forget To Wash Behind Your Ears

A regular weekly regiment of cleaning your ring is very important in sustaining the beauty of the ring.  Just like you momma used to always remind you, setting up a weekly time to clean antique engagement rings and give them a quick look-over will keep them shining bright and allow you to catch any bent prongs that might cause you to lose a stone.

With antique engagement rings you will also want to check the band for any cracks or worrisome wear so you can head off any issues before they really get started.

In The Sink, Gone In A Blink – In A Bowl, Keep ‘Til You’re Old

When you are ready to wash your ring, do it in a small bowl and away from the sink.   Plumbers have gotten rich off of digging rings out of sink drains and unclogging garbage disposals from rings.  Cleaning your ring in a small bowl also allows you to control the cleaning mixture better and waste less water/cleaner.

If you do have to use the sink, don’t forget the stopper and check the stone and prongs before you put it in the sink.   Check it again before you pull the stopper to make sure haven’t lost a stone and get the ring away from the sink as well.

The Cleaner, The Brush And The Cloth

Although there are varying opinions of what type of home remedy to use with antique engagement rings, most everyone agrees that a very mild dish detergent or just a warm water solution are both safe for soaking your ring.  Professional cleaning solutions are best, but make sure you read what metals they can be used on before you start.

Before you begin scrubbing the ring, check the prongs and the stone to make sure it is not loose in any way.  Cleaning the stone and mount area with a soft bristled tooth brush or a baby’s tooth brush is recommended.  Don’t use the brush on the band, because soft metals such as gold can be scratched.

When finished with your cleaning, wipe the ring down with a soft tight woven cloth.  Drying is important because some metals can deteriorate when left with water or cleaning solutions for a long time.  Don’t use any open woven cloth like terri-cloth that could catch and bend prongs or other protrusions on the ring.

Avoid Using While Operating Heavy Machinery

One way to preserve and extend the life of antique engagement rings is to remove them when you are going to be doing activities that might damage them.   Working with strong chemicals, gardening, contact sports or any other strenuous activity that could cause your ring to come in contact with or become entangled on another object are all good reasons take it to the jewelry box.

If you do remove your ring for an activity, put it in your velvet lined jewelry box or a ring box, where it can’t accidently get against other jewelry that could scratch it.

Most of the ways you preserve antique engagement rings are not much different than any other fine jewelry you buy today.  You just need to keep in mind that these beautiful examples have had more years of life and therefore, routine care is just all that more important.



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