Caring for your Wedding & Engagement Rings

Now you have your stunning engagement rings and wedding rings we'd like to offer a few thoughts on how to look after them.

Our advice can't stop your beautiful rings ageing but it will help to keep them looking their best.

Once again may we say "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 which, over time, 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 following advice.

  • 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.

Diamond set rings should be picked up from the side or from the base. Avoid handling the diamonds themselves as, over time, 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. Although it's the obvious focal point never pick up your ring by the stone (nor push down on it) as this adds stress to the setting which may cause it to loosen.

  • 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 then 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 recommended 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. If you decide to remove your rings do 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 DIAMONDS we strongly 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 options.

  • 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 very soft new toothbrush to remove any build up of dirt. For diamond rings 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 drain.

Finally, dry gently 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.

We do not think you should clean your rings daily or even weekly. We recommend that you do it when you can see it's necessary or, of course, for occasions when the two of you simply want to look your best.

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, settings and even the shape. If you do want to polish we suggest a brief light rub on an infrequent basis.



Note - these guidelines are for our plain and diamond set rings. For other gemstones and other precious materials you should seek relevant specialist advice.

  • 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 value.

  • Inspecting your rings

For diamond set designs it's important to have your rings 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.


Following this advice we're sure you, your partner, and your fabulous rings will enjoy a very happy life together!

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