Caring For Men’s Gold Wedding Bands
If you look back through history, about a century ago, men usually didn’t’ even wear wedding rings.
In fact, back then, a man would still give his wife a wing, which would show the world that she was taken, but the man himself wouldn’t usually wear anything that would depict whether or not he was married.
Today, on the other hand, things have changed. And wedding rings for men have become increasingly popular, with most men being proud to let the world know that they are, in fact, married to the love of their lives.
But when we talk about modern wedding bands, there are many different materials to choose from, ranging in price, style, and durability.
The most common wedding band material has always been gold.
But although a gold wedding ring is more traditional, and is still just as stylish as ever, gold tends to be a softer metal, which makes it prone to scratches and becoming tarnished over the course of the years.
So in order to keep your men’s gold wedding band looking its best for all the years of happy matrimony to come, we recommend reading and learning the following gold band tips, to ensure that your wedding ring looks its best for all the years to come.
Caring For Your Gold Wedding Band
For men that work dirtier, outside jobs, such as construction, it can be extremely difficult to keep your ring free from dirt and grime. And even for men who don’t have a dirty job, keeping your ring clean at all times is much easier said than done.
Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do at home to ensure that your wedding band is shiny and sparkling on your finger at all times.
Fortunately, a simple solution of lukewarm water and liquid soap can be used to clean a gold wedding band at home.
For this, simply soak your gold ring in the soapy water solutions for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Then, rinse well and allow to air dry.
You can also try using a soft, microfiber cloth to gently scrub and polish the ring. But just make sure you’re not using an abrasive cloth, which could cause small scratches on the ring’s surface.
And lastly, keep in mind that gold is a softer metal, so avoiding using any type of harsh cleaners or highly-abrasive materials when trying to clean it. These can cause permanent, irreversible damage to your ring.
So if your wedding ring is already extremely scratched up or tarnished, you’re going to want to bring it into a jeweler for a professional cleaning and polish.
Alternative Cleaning Method
Alternatively, for gold rings that don’t have any gems, you can also use ammonia for regular cleanings.
Simply use a solution of 1 part ammonia and about 6 parts water. Let the ring soak for a brief amount of time. Then, rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
Although it is perfectly safe for your gold wedding bands, it’s important not to use this cleaning method too often because it may start to discolor your jewelry over time.
For Loose Or Missing Gemstones
It’s not uncommon for men to find the gemstones on their gold wedding bands becoming loose or starting to fall out completely. This is because these gemstones are typically held in place by tiny prongs, which tend to wear out or bend over time.
Sometimes, men will try to fix these prongs by themselves to help secure the stones. But we recommend that you bring take your ring to a professional jeweler to have the gemstones reset or replaced.
This ensures that the stones will be set properly, and won’t easily become loose again. The last thing we want is for you to lose the stones on your gold wedding band and need to pay to have them replaced.
Additional Care Tips
When you’re showering or swimming in a pool, we recommend removing your gold jewelry. Although it isn’t very strong, even tap water has chlorine in it, and pools have strong chlorine levels, and these will discolor and damage your ring’s parts over time.
We also recommend removing your gold wedding band when using any type of household cleaning products as these can also damage your jewelry.
Finally, always keep in mind that gold is a soft metal. So any time that you’re doing any type of activities that might expose the ring to abrasion or impacts, it’s best to remove your ring beforehand to avoid the risk.
Professional Cleaning, Polishing And Repairs
Caring for your gold wedding band can mostly be done at home, but it’s still a good idea to take your gold wedding band into a qualified jeweler from time to time for a professional cleaning and polishing.
While you may be able to remove dirt and grime from your ring at home, many small scratches and other damages can only be repaired by a professional jeweler.
So if you’re interested in learning more about caring for your gold wedding band, or need to bring it in for a professional opinion, don’t hesitate to contact us today.