How To Care For Your Engagement Ring

How To Care For Your Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring with Five Simple Care & Cleaning Tips - The Confused Millennial

After sharing my wedding video last week, it got me feeling all the feels. I am so happy to have married my best friend and can't believe it's been almost five months! TBH, it really doesn't feel like anything's changed… But I do love rocking my wedding and engagement rings!

I always get stopped and asked how I keep them so sparkly so I wanted to share some of my tops tips for taking care of your engagement ring.

So for all the newly engaged or already married ladies in the house, take notes!

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Get your ring insured.

This is rule number one! You should be able to wear and enjoy your ring without worrying! Jewelers Mutual has been exclusively insuring jewelry for more than 100 years and offers repair or replacement coverage for all types of jewelry and watches. Coverage includes loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss), and goes with you wherever you travel around the world. Hello, worry-free honeymoon!

Clean with “the green Palmolive & a baby toothbrush”.

Haha so true story: we got my engagement ring from a friend whose family has had a very successful diamond business for generations. I asked him how to keep my ring as sparkly as the day I got it, and he said, “use the green Palmolive and a baby toothbrush”. No joke, I've been doing this for almost three years and my ring still sparkles like the day I got it! Sometimes I go through phases where I do it every week, sometimes once a month, but I always try to stay on top of it. The baby tooth brush makes it easier to get under the basket and into all the little nooks of my ring and the dish soap… well honestly I think any dish detergent will work just fine, but I stick with the green Palmolive!

5 tips on how to care for your engagement and wedding rings - millennial blog

Get a lint free cloth!

Now that you've got your ring nice and clean, you want to keep it clean! I would recommend snagging some lint free towels to either let your ring air dry on or quickly dry with. The last thing you need to do is clean your ring and then rub it with a paper towel that could leave some fibers behind on it, taking away from it's sparkle, or scratching the precious metal setting you have it in.

Don't wear your rings when engaging with harmful chemicals.

Ok I know that sounds a little weird, haha! Basically, don't wear your ring in the pool or hot tub or while hair spraying or lotioning up. You don't want your ring to get coated unnecessarily in gook or goo that can be harder to get off as it seeps deep in to the setting or damages the setting.

care and cleaning tips for your engagement ring or wedding ring

Get into good habits.

From the start of getting your ring, make sure you don't cook or clean the dishes while wearing it, if it helps get a little ring dish to keep in the kitchen as a visual reminder to take it off (and so you don't accidentally drop it down the drain!).

Don't wear your ring to the gym or beach or any where else you could risk losing it or damaging it. I know a lot of girls wear their ring to the gym, but if you are weight lifting or tightly gripping anything with your hands for extended periods of time, I simply wouldn't risk it. I've heard horror stories about girls using only 2-3 pound weights for extended periods of time that resulted in the claws holding the diamond to loosen over time.

5 tips on how to care for your engagement and wedding rings

For more tips on keeping your ring in tip top shape all year, download Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company Cleaning and Care Guide for daily, monthly, and annual to-do's to keep your ring in the best shape! by clicking here.

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82 thoughts on “How To Care For Your Engagement Ring”

  1. I have tried so many DIY ring cleaning tricks but none seem to work as great as I hope! I need to try this because your rings look so stunning!

    1. Awe thank youuuu!! This is the only thing I’ve ever done, but I remember growing up using one of those ring solution/shakers for my moms ring and a sapphire/diamond necklace I had… eventually it shook one of the sapphires right out haha!

  2. Your rings are beautiful and so sparkly! Random question, but is there a specific reason why you have two wedding bands instead of one? I love that they’re both different styles. My mom has two wedding bands because she lost the first one – but later found it ?

    1. Awesome question! It’s funny, I thought more people would actually ask that! lol I couldn’t decide TBH! We had budgeted a certain amount for my ring and ended up with “friends & family” discount on my rings that I ended up just getting two & it was still under budget! haha I love wearing them stacked or just one depending on the activity lol

  3. Great tips! Thankfully the person who made my ring does a cleaning/check-up on it every 6 months for free, so I just use him. But sometimes it gets a little too dirty in-between so I’ll have to try this! Your rings are gorgeous too btw!


  4. Beautifully Created DIYs

    Very smart! I never knew to do any of these things with my rings. But after reading this post I’ll be stopping by the store to get some green Palmolive and a baby toothbrush! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Sharon Samuel (SS)

  5. Such great tips! My wedding ring needs a good cleaning, so I’m going to get me some of that Green Palmolive ASAP. I do have mine insured, and I never wear it to the gym. I love your rings…so pretty!

  6. Love this. I haven’t cleaned my ring in ages (so sad) I’m sure it will look like a new ring once I try this. Thanks. Beautiful rings too!

  7. Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I totally have Jeweler’s Mutual and I was freaked out beyond belief last year when I lost my big diamond! Thankfully it had just gotten stuck in one of my gloves and was in my coat pocket! I did have coverage though and could have gotten a new, probably bigger diamond, but sentimentalist me wanted my original one!

  8. All FABULOUS tips, Rach!! I need to grab me some green palmolive and a baby toothbrush, cos I still haven’t tried that trick! Also what’s the third band of yours signifying???

    Coming Up Roses

    1. fo’ sho’ it’s amazing! – nothing lol I just couldn’t decide so we got them both lolol I switch up how I wear them all depending on my mood or activity

  9. Palmolive dish washing soap who knew. I always take my rings off when working in the kitchen or outdoors.

  10. I had no idea you could get rings insured, and that’s hilarious that you just need Palmolive to clean it haha! Good to know for the future 🙂

  11. Your rings are gorgeous! I’m so bad at keeping up with cleaning mine – let’s just say that our wedding photographers took pictures of them in low light, hahah!

  12. These are all great tips! My jeweler said to steam it and then take a brush to clean it with warm water. Ive also heard great things about the dawn platinum foam pump soap

  13. I love your tip about using the green Palmolive! Right now, I used a chemical free coconut jewelry cleaner (Caribbean Gem). But the Palmolive would be much cheaper. Thanks for the info!

  14. Your rings re so pretty! I guess I never really thought about putting much care in an engagement ring (which totally makes sense though!!). I will def keep this in mind if I ever do get engaged!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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