You wear your wedding ring every day, whether you’re at work, on your way home with your hands full of shopping bags, or in the midst of an exciting trip to the other side of the world. A ring that is worn every day is exposed to everything life throws at us, so some wear and tear is natural. It’s important that you remove your ring when doing everyday chores like cooking, washing, or carrying heavy items in order to protect it from wear and tear. During the day, your ring will also be exposed to substances that can make the metal lose its luster. These substances are found in cosmetics, dirt, exhaust fumes, and fat. Make a habit of cleaning the ring every night with a soft lint-free cloth to retain its shine and luster for longer. We also recommend that you store your ring in its box when you’re not wearing it.
Chips and scratches
Although your ring will age naturally, wearing it every day will inevitably lead to wear that results in scratches and small chips. Most people find that this gives the ring a charming patina in that the ring ages at the same pace we do. But if you prefer, you can drop the ring off with us so that we can clean it and polish out any small scratches.
Rings in white gold
If you have a ring in white gold, its surface will have been treated with a white precious metal called rhodium to give the ring extra lustre. As the ring is used, natural wear occurs and the rhodium is slowly removed. We recommend that you drop the ring off with us to restore the rhodium surface. This is known as rhodium re-plating.
Gemstones and diamonds
Although diamond is the world’s toughest material, the stones in your ring can still be prone to wear. For example, considerable changes in temperature can cause cracks, and some styling products and perfumes can stain the stone. A ring that has precious stones or diamonds can be easily cleaned with lukewarm water and a little washing-up liquid. Gently scrub the ring using a soft toothbrush and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth. Store the ring so that it won’t scratch against other jewellery, especially other diamonds. We recommend dropping the ring off with us once a year to check the sets and stones.
Contact your nearest store and they’ll be happy to help you make your ring last a lifetime. The details for all our stores can be found here.
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