After getting the engagement ring of my dreams I hardly ever wanted to take it off...whether to shower, sleep, exercise or anything! My ring has become a permanent fixture on my hand. With that much wear it is bound to get a little dingy ever once in a while, so I did some research on how to keep it sparkling just like the day Brandon slipped it on my finger!
When to take it off: Jewelers will tell you to take it off to exercise, shower, sleep...but let's be realistic. I take mine off to shower, when I am cooking and using my hands in meat, cleaning with chemicals, and I would if I worked outside (but that doesn't really happen).
Cleaning: I clean my ring about once a week. It doesn't have to be anything special. A toothbrush with soft bristles and a small bowl of warm, soapy water will do just fine. Many jewelry stores also sell a container of jewelry cleaner with a small brush that is also convenient. Also remember to stop up the sink anytime you have your ring off around an open drain!
Care: Take your ring into your jeweler once or twice a year to have the setting checked. This will prevent the prongs being loosened due to wear and losing your diamond! A few hours without it is better than a tragedy.
White Gold: You may or may not know that white gold is simply yellow gold plated with rhodium. If your ring is white gold you may notice after a while that it is not as shiny as it once was. This just means it is time for your ring to have the rhodium refreshed and sometimes is required twice a year. This is also a good time to have the prongs checked and have it professionally cleaned.
Platinum: Rings in a platinum setting may just need to be buffed every once in a while to refresh their shine. Your jeweler can also take care of this for you.
Bridesmaid Tip: When your friends get engaged get them a goodie bag and include jewelry cleaner and a ring holder in it:) They will be two things she won't want to be without!