Proposing to your loved one is one of the pinnacle moments in your life, and is a memory you’ll never forget. However, much like the sparkle of your mood will wear off into regular life over time, the engagement ring you agonized over will lose it’s luster if it’s not cared for properly.

More people in California are getting married every year, which means more beautiful engagement rings need to be taken care of. Make sure you and your new fiancee follow these tips for cleaning and maintaining women’s engagement rings, so they never lose their shine.

A Regular Cleaning Routine

 
Cleaning your ring, regardless of the method, should be done regularly to prevent build up of dirt or grime. Many jewelers can clean your ring for you using a steam cleaning machine, though you can alternatively do it yourself.

To clean your ring safely, make a solution of warm water and dish soap and soak it for around 20 minutes. If the buildup of dirt is particularly bad, leave the ring for up to 40 minutes. Then, brush it with a soft toothbrush to remove residue from the hard-to-reach corners of this ring. Dry it and place it back on the finger.

Never clean your ring with harsh substances such as toothpaste or baking soda, as this can scratch and damage the gold.

How to Keep Women’s Engagement Rings Looking Fresh, Sparkling, and New

Avoid Chemicals and Lotions

 
If possible, remove your ring when you come into contact with strong chemicals or creams to stop damage or a buildup of dirt. Take it off, or put on rubber gloves, when completing household cleaning tasks. More importantly, don’t wear your ring whenever you apply lotion to your body, especially if the ring contains diamond shoulders.

Use a Shining Cloth

 
Many metals can be successfully cleaned and shined with a special cloth. Remove your ring and buff it with the surface of the cloth to remove dirt and bring the luster back to your jewelry.

Be sure to check whether your ring is suitable for use with the cloth, as some might not compatible with colored gemstones or certain metals.

Send it for Replating

 
Some metals, such as white gold, can lose their color over time, so you’ll need to send them to be replated. It’s best to ask your designer to do this for you, as they’ll understand the construction of the ring and won’t risk damaging it while it’s in their possession.

If you’d like to design your own engagement ring with the help of a trusted designer, make an appointment today to start discussing your ideas. They may have some helpful maintenance tips of their own.

Sources:

 
How to Clean Your Engagement Ring (and What Not to Do), Brides.com

9 Ways You’re Damaging Your Engagement Ring, Plus How To Keep It Sparkling Bright, Bustle.com