There’s nothing more exciting than choosing the perfect vintage engagement ring for your future fiance! While all diamond engagement rings need regular care and cleaning, the age of vintage rings makes it even more important to protect your investment with consistent maintenance.
Fortunately, caring for vintage engagement rings isn’t complicated. We have a few easy suggestions below to help your ring last a lifetime.
Here are some simple ways to care for your vintage engagement ring:
Clean and check your ring regularly
One of the most common questions we get from newly minted engagement ring owners is how often they should clean their ring. Our recommendation is that you should give your vintage ring a thorough cleaning at least four times a year (every three months works best).
When you clean your ring, it’s also a great time to check any smaller stones in your setting for looseness or damage.
Even though diamonds are extremely durable, shapes that have points like princess or marquise diamonds can still chip if not properly protected by the setting.
If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the ring yourself or are worried about loose stones, you can always bring your antique engagement ring into Jonathan’s for a free cleaning and steaming. We’ll also make any adjustments to accent stones as needed and check for damage.
Avoid harsh chemicals
There are a lot of different ring cleaners on the market that are either ineffective, or harmful to your ring depending on the metal that it is made from. We hear many horror stories every year of damage that comes from using common household cleaners like bleach or silver polish!
The truth is that you don’t need a heavy-duty cleaner in order to make your ring shine like new again.
We’ve found over the years that the most effective cleaning method is to use warm water, a toothbrush, and plain white toothpaste. If you don’t have white toothpaste laying around, Windex is great alternative to use as well.
Either way, you’ll avoid damaging your ring with harsh chemicals while removing the dirt and oils that come with daily wear.
Purchase insurance for the ring if needed
Obviously, the last thing that you want is to find significant damage on your vintage engagement ring. However, with some planning and the right insurance, you can make sure that your investment is protected for a very reasonable monthly price.
When you purchase your vintage engagement ring from Jonathan’s, we’ll provide information about insurance and are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Avoid heavy work
Most damage to engagement rings happens around the home. While we understand that most women would prefer not to take their jewelry off, we do highly recommend removing jewelry and storing it in a safe place. Yard work, heavy lifting, and exercise are common activities where ring damage occurs.
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