Bridal jewelry is an expensive and treasured piece of jewellery that must be properly maintained and taken care of. A bride’s wedding ring can become a family treasure, passing from one generation to another. For this reason it is very important to know how to clean and maintain your wedding rings. Following is advice on how to clean wedding ring holders and other wedding jewellery.
Bridal jewellery is made of precious metals, like gold, silver, or platinum. These precious metals can tarnish if they are not cleaned properly. Tarnishing can occur for several reasons; the use of chemicals, exposure to sunlight, and storing jewellery in a bathroom with too much moisture. The best way to ensure that your wedding ring stays in good condition is to take special care when cleaning it. In this article we will go through some general jewellery cleaning tips and techniques.
If you have a silver plated or sterling silver wedding ring, you may find that it develops yellowed spots over time. This is perfectly normal; silver jewellery will react with the elements in your environment and will change color. This process is a natural result of over time, and not something you need to do. Another option is to clean your sterling silver or plated ring using a commercial cleaner designed specifically for silver. However, if you choose to clean your jewellery yourself you will need to be careful.
You should always use a soft and slightly damp cloth, preferably one made from cotton. Avoid using rough or scratchy materials as these may damage the polished finish of the silver. The cloth should be dipped into a mild cleanser, such as arm soap or baby shampoo; make sure that it is free from any oils or chemicals. A soft toothbrush may be used to gently clean the ring; remember to rinse thoroughly before putting it on.
Carefully wipe the ring’s surface with another slightly damp cloth; you should always start with a dry cloth. Wipe in a circular pattern; do not allow any of the water to get onto the other side of the metal. Once you have finished this step, take another damp cloth and gently wipe down the band of the wedding ring holder with it. Ensure that you rinse this area thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Remember to dip the cloth in warm water before cleaning; this will allow the ring to become more slippery.
If after having cleaned and dried your silver plated or sterling silver bracelet, you notice a yellowing of the tarnished area, then this is another sign that you have to have it professionally cleaned. Bracelet cleanings are not recommended for everyday wear; this is especially true if you plan to wear the same ring on a daily basis. A professional cleaner will clean the metal using a special solution containing salt. After this has been done, you will be given a sanitized ring; remember to ask if there are any limits to the cleaning process. Some of these include rings made from white gold or platinum, due to the fact that these types of metals cannot be treated with regular cleaners.
If you want a more extensive clean than what can be provided by the above solutions, then you will find the services of a professional jeweler. However, the price will be much higher. There are also commercial products that you can buy that will give your wedding ring holder bracelet a very polished look. When purchasing any type of jewelry, always ensure that it comes with a certificate of authenticity. You can also request for a custom made ring from jewelers; these can be very stylish and will often increase the value of your ring.
Bridal jewelry and accessories are often worn for a long time after the wedding. This is because they act as a constant reminder of your wedding day. Therefore, when choosing the right wedding ring holder bracelet, remember to make sure it is something that will continue to serve as a reminder of the day. In most cases, it is best to select a piece that has a simple design and is not overly complex. You wedding band should remain in place for many years to come and make sure that it lasts.