So here is my question of the day….how do you keep your rings (or other jewelry) clean and sparkly?
Here is my beautiful engagement ring June 7th or June 9th, 2005 the day after my husband proposed to me! (I think one of those days are right, I would have to verify with Mickey D. on the exact day I got engaged as she has an amazing memory for those things and unfortunately I do not!)
It is beautiful and shiny and not a speck of dirt on it. Now for the first couple years I wore my ring I would take it back to the jewelry shop from which we got it and have them clean it. Of course we were going back frequently as they are a very reasonably priced jewelry store and owned by a young independent couple. We went back those first couple years to get gifts for our wedding party, T’s ring, special occasion gifts, or special ornaments around the holidays. However after the wedding and after I lost my job, spending money at a place like this was not an option so we stopped going up there except for very special items and in turn we rarely got my rings professionally cleaned by them.....maybe once every 12-16 months if we are lucky. See I didn’t just want to walk in and ask them to clean my ring if we were not really shopping with them, though I get that they wouldn’t mind. I don’t know why I feel bad about that, I mean we did spend money with them and I know they will clean it for me if I ask….but to go up there just to get it cleaned seems silly. And so far that is the only way I know to get my rings cleaned as T. is apprehensive to use most ring cleaning products as he doesn’t want to hurt the ring.
Of course it is natural that your rings will become dirty from the natural release of sweat, skin and dirt on our hands….not to mention all the soap, lotions, and overall stuff we touch with our hands that will remain on our rings. So between that and the lack of cleaning, my once sparkly and beautiful rings are disgustingly dirty. I am not exaggerating AT ALL. They are dull, have dirt from the oils and dead skin on my fingers, and have completely lost that sparkle. Yes, my ring has no sparkle. I am totally embarrassed at how gross my rings are.
Don’t believe me, take a look. You may want to prepare yourself….this is GROSS. (Camera phone picture….sorry)
EW. And NO sparkle.
See that dark stuff in between the two emeralds…part of that is dirt. Again Ew. And the diamond is really THAT dull that it would not photograph well no matter which camera I used. (I am embarrassed.) I scrape the loose dirt out with my nails from inside the ring, but it is still tarnished and dirty.
I looooove my rings and I want to take care of them not only to respect the value of the rings, but because they represent something special to me and I just want them to look as good as they possibly can. But I don't know how to keep them clean and though I do not want them dirty, I also do not want to ruin them with bad jewelry cleaners.
So here are my questions.
How do you keep your rings clean? Do you think it is OK to go to the jeweler every few months to get your ring cleaned? Should I offer them money to do it? Are there ring cleaners out there that you trust to keep them clean? Should I only get them professionally cleaned once a year? Do your rings ever look as gross as mine do?!?!
Please don't judge me based on how dirty my rings are