Once you’ve got a ring on your finger, it’s important to learn the basics of wedding ring cleaning and care.
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Protecting your Ring
Because of its great monetary and sentimental value, you should get your wedding ring insured. Be ready with your receipts and a description of the ring (the cut, carat weight, and metal) so that a certified jeweler can properly appraise it. You can add your wedding ring to your renters or homeowners insurance as a “rider.” Or, you can ask your jeweler if they offer any special insurance policies regarding the ring.
It is also recommended you re-visit your jeweler at least once a year to have it re-appraised, as the values of stones and precious metals vary year to year. Some jewelers may even offer a professional cleaning service. And speaking of cleaning…
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Cleaning your Ring
It goes without saying: you need to keep your wedding ring clean. This keeps it free of natural oils, lotions, and everyday dirt. To clean your diamond ring at home, make a solution of mild liquid detergent and warm water. Use a soft brush (such as a toothbrush) and lightly scrub it. After you’re finished, rinse thoroughly in warm water. You can then dry the ring using a lint-free cloth. Important: Remember to plug your kitchen or bathroom drain before washing your ring in case you lose your grip.
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Sometimes… take it off.
There are definitely appropriate times to take off your wedding ring for protection, especially when doing heavy physical work or dealing with harmful chemicals (such as chlorine). When you do take it off, however, remember to keep it in a safe location, such as a secure dresser drawer or a jewelry box.