Once again may we say "Many congratulations!" to you both. Your beautiful
symbols of love will now journey through life with you together. Just like
us, your rings will age with use. Contact with everyday objects like
keys and door handles will leave marks, scratches and tiny dents. Over time
these blend together developing an appealing soft patina. We recommend
embracing this inevitable change as part of growing old together. However,
to help keep your rings in the best possible condition we recommend the
Handling your rings
Moving your rings from one safe place to another (e.g. from ring case to
your finger) should be done with your full attention and, just in case, over
a soft rather than a hard surface. This will minimise any damage from being
dropped. Although it's the obvious focal point never pick up your ring by
the stone. Diamond set rings should be picked up from the side or from the
base. Avoid handling the diamonds themselves as this adds to the wear and
tear of the settings. Contact from fingers also leaves oil behind which will
reduce the brilliance of your diamonds.
Caring for your rings
Precious metals are soft compared to other metals and ceramics and therefore
inevitably scratch and dent with use. Gradually your rings will take on a
soft patina that reflects the ageing process. Diamonds are extremely hard
but they are brittle and can be chipped or even broken. Again, this is
natural wear and tear and a feature of normal use. Our care advice aims to
help you keep these signs of use to a minimum.
Your wedding and engagement rings are subject to mechanical
forces that push, pull and try to twist them out of shape. Gripping
everyday objects like a gear level or a handle exerts considerable
pressure on your rings. Gym equipment, rackets and golf clubs, tools,
lifting heavy objects, and gardening all have the same effect. Rings can
also become snagged and pulled out of shape. Rings can't withstand
everything that we can throw at them so reducing exposure to these
"dangerous" environments is recommended.
It is important to remove your rings before strenuous activates including
DIY, gardening, garage work, other forms of manual work, for rough outdoor
sports and when in the gym.
Even contact with ceramics and steel cutlery while doing the washing up will
cause marks to you rings. You must decide on the balance to strike between
wearing them and protecting them.
It is important to remove your rings before using strong chemicals such as
chlorine based bleaches and abrasive materials. For extra caution,
particularly if a frequent swimmer, you may want to remove your rings before
using a chlorinated pool. It's advisable, following exposure to even mildly
chlorinated water, to rinse your rings thoroughly in fresh water.
Household products that will make your rings dirty include soap, shampoo,
gel, hairspray, make-up, powder, dyes, sun cream, cleaning and polishing
liquids, super-glue, and items involved in food preparation. Before removing
your rings it is best to first prepare a soft and secure place to keep them.
When not being worn your rings should be kept on a soft surface and separate
form other items. The ring case we provided would be ideal. Never put your
rings down onto a tiled or metal surface, and never into a pocket or
wallet/purse where they will be scratched by coins and keys.
Before washing your hands make sure the sink plug is firmly in place. Soap
will make it much easier for your rings to slip off and an open drain could
prove disastrous. Take extra care when using public facilities.
Diamond set rings should be regularly inspected by a jeweller to ensure that
wear and tear has not compromised the security of the settings.
For rings with large or exposed diamonds we emphasise the
need to keep them away from the "dangerous" activity and environments
listed above, and never to put them down onto hard surfaces. On your
finger or in a ring case are the two best places to keep your rings.
Cleaning your rings
To keep your rings looking great you should clean them in warm soapy water.
Mix a few drops of mild liquid soap with warm water in a plastic bowl. Don't
do it directly in a ceramic or steel sink as both are very hard and will
scratch your rings and may chip your diamonds. Clean one ring at a time.
Soak for about 15 minutes then very gently use a soft toothbrush to remove
any build up of dirt.
If your ring is diamond set use the soft brush to gently agitate round the
front of the settings and, if accessible, also brush very gently behind.
Refill the bowl with clean water and rinse your rings. Always beware of the
Dry with a clean soft lint-free cloth, rubbing the ring gently and briefly.
For diamonds it is better to dab as you don't want fibres from the cloth
becoming snagged in the settings.
For a final polished finish you may want to buff your rings for a few
seconds with a specialist polishing cloth available from companies including
Goddards, Hagerty and Town Talk. However, if all or part of your rings have
a brushed finish we advise only a light rub on an infrequent basis. Please
be aware that a polishing cloth will not remove scratches and dents, it can
only bring back some brightness to previously high polished surfaces.
Note - these guidelines are for our plain and diamond set rings. For other
gemstones and other precious materials you should seek relevant specialist
Polishing is a form of wear and tear - it rubs away a tiny
amount of the surface. Little by little polishing erodes brushed finishes,
patterns, engraving, hallmarks, rhodium plating, settings and even the
shape. If you do want to polish we suggest a brief light rub on an
Keeping your rings secure
You should consider insuring your rings against loss, damage and theft. For
diamond rings please do ensure that the loss of a valuable diamond is
specifically covered. Keeping the replacement value up-to-date is important
too. Before departure and when travelling you may wish to consider how best
to minimise the risk of theft associated with your rings and other items of
Inspecting your rings
For diamond rings it's important to have them regularly checked by a
jeweller. This is to ensure the security of the settings. If you think your
ring feels different or if you've given it a worrying knock then do have it
examined as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to lose a diamond.
Following this advice we're sure you, your partner, and
your fabulous rings will enjoy a very happy life together!