Today the experts at William Thomas Jewelers are sharing 3 Tips for Keeping Your Wedding Ring in Top Shape!
Caring for your jewelry is necessary to keep the metal in optimum condition and to ensure that you don’t lose any valuable stones. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect the prongs on any jewelry, as they are the most vulnerable part and they hold the stones in place. We recommend you bring your jewelry to an expert to examine it and make sure everything is functioning as it should, but you can certainly do it yourself if necessary!
3 Tips to Properly Care for Your Wedding Ring
1. Check the Prongs Regularly
Looking at your jewelry through a loupe or a magnifying glass. Check the stone settings to see if there are any prongs out of alignment, bent, or worn. If this is the case or you can feel that any stones are loose, bring your jewelry to a professional to be re-tipped as soon as possible, and refrain from wearing it in the meantime! For jewelry that is worn frequently, especially rings, we recommend getting it checked by a professional twice a year. This is a general suggestion, but here at William Thomas Jewelers we gladly do prong checks for free so stop by whenever you’re in the area and you have a moment to spare!
2. Look for Yellowing
If you have a white gold piece of jewelry and you notice that it’s beginning to yellow in some places, which often happens on the back of rings, it could be time to get it rhodium plated. The dull yellowing that occurs on white gold jewelry is a natural process that occurs when the rhodium on the surface starts to wear off, but it is an easy fix to return it to its silvery glory! It is hard to recommend generally how often jewelry should be rhodium plated, as it depends on how often it is worn and your body chemistry, but for jewelry that is worn constantly like wedding bands and engagement rings, we recommend getting it done about once every year or two. It is a relatively fast and inexpensive solution, so bring any jewelry in to William Thomas Jewelers and we will return it to you in its original, beautiful silvery-white finish!
3. Clean Often
If your jewelry is in need of cleaning, feel free to bring it in to William Thomas Jewelers for a complimentary shine! We will check to make sure all stones are stable and solid, give it polish, and clean it in our ultrasonic to remove any dirt and tarnish. If you don’t have the time to swing by our store, you can easily clean your jewelry yourself. Simply rub it lightly with a soft toothbrush and some warm, soapy water, let it dry, and then give it a little extra shine and remove and tarnish with a polishing cloth!
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