What Damages Gold? How To Care For Your Gold Engagement Ring

What Damages Gold? How To Care For Your Gold Engagement Ring

The oldest precious metal used to make jewelry and exclusively engagement rings is Yellow Gold. Is your engagement ring in gold? Well, mine is too! If this is the first time you’re hearing the history of engagement rings, go ahead and click HERE to read the detailed history right away. Today we will explore all the multifarious ways that damage gold and how to care for your gold engagement ring in detail!

In this Post

  • How to Care for your Gold Engagement Ring
  • Steps To Take Care Of A White Gold Ring
  • Steps To Take Care Of A Rose Gold Ring
  • Steps To Take Care Of A Yellow Gold Ring
  • Steps To Care For A Gold Ring With Diamonds Or Gemstones

How to Care For Your Gold Ring

Being one of the noble and precious metals, most of us think that gold is invincible. My own mother wears a gold wedding ring that she never takes of; be it bathing or washing dishes, she thinks taking off her wedding ring is a ‘bad omen’. That’s just her generation.

But if you’re smart like me, or want to preserve the shine on your gold ring, do as I say below because I am talking from experience. It will make your ring look like new and keep it like new.

Steps to Take Care of a White Gold Ring

When gold is alloyed with platinum or nickel, it forms white gold. Rhodium plating on white gold gives the eponymous color to the metal, costing more than yellow gold. Moreover, everyday wear of white gold leads to scratching off of the surface, revealing yellow gold. To prevent the thin rhodium coating from wearing off, clean your white gold engagement ring in the following way.

  1. Warm 100ml of water.
  2. Make a solution mixing 2 teaspoons of non-fragrant soap in the warm bowl.
  3. Stir it well until it lathers by using your finger.
  4. Slip in the white gold ring for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Take a soft bristle brush and brush the ring for 5 minutes.
  6. Dip the ring again in the solution for 2 minutes.
  7. Take it out and dry it with a microfiber cloth or a towel without snagging.
  8. You’re done!

Steps to Take Care of a Rose Gold Ring

A rose gold has more copper on its surface than yellow or white gold. That’s the reason why it derives the rosy tone. The same is why, cleaning, storage and caring for a rose gold engagement ring is much different than other varieties of gold.

  1. Take a cotton ball.
  2. Dip it in warm water without soap.
  3. Gently scrub the ring inside out.
  4. You can use a soft bristle brush the same way too.
  5. When you are done, keep the rose gold ring in a bowl of rice to dehydrate it well.

Steps to Take care of a Yellow Gold Ring

The oldest and the most popular variety of gold, yellow gold is often mixed with zinc or copper to make it sturdy than the 24K soft variety. It is easy to maintain and needs very little care. That being said, yellow gold is most malleable, leading to maximum styles of rings too.

  1. Create a solution of non-toxic soap in warm water.
  2. Stir it with your finger to lather the solution.
  3. Once lathered, place the yellow gold ring inside the solution.
  4. Do not stir it after.
  5. Let the ring soak for 25- 30 minutes.
  6. Take a soft bristle brush and scrub the ring gently.
  7. Soak the ring after, in the cold solution for 3 minutes.
  8. Take it out and dry it well.
  9. Your yellow gold ring is ready!

Steps to Care for a Gold Ring with Diamonds or Gemstones

When your gold ring is combined with diamonds or gemstones, the cleaning game changes. You need to check if your gemstone is alright in water because stones like selenite, Amazonite, Aragonite, Blue Sapphire, Beryl, Emerald, and Garnet dissolve in water.

  1. Add one spoon of dishwashing liquid without fragrance in a bowl of warm water.
  2. Soak your ring for 5 minutes.
  3. Pat dry after.

It is best to take your diamond engagement ring for a cleaning at least once in 2 years to keep it sparkling.

Before you leave

As a rule of thumb, it is important to keep your gold ring away from deodorants, harsh chemicals such as sprays, cleaning agents and chlorine in a swimming pool to keep it looking new. Have you tried any of the above? Tell us in the comments below on how to care for gold engagement rings!

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