By Maria Immaculate Owechi
After the engagement and wedding ceremonies, couples tend to wear the same rings for the rest of their lives as a sign of commitment to each other. However, over time the ring is prone to lose its colour and or the sparkle from being over worn and contact with chemicals and environmental elements.
According to Edgar Kakooza of Sparkles Jewelry Store, whether the ring is of good or poor quality, it is prone to either getting damaged or fading if not properly taken care of.
Your wedding ring is undeniably one of your most valuable possessions in terms of monetary and sentimental value which makes it precious and worth protecting. For that reason, proper care should be your top priority so that it withstands the test of time.
We bring you a few tips on how to handle and maintain your ring with care.
Regular cleaning of your ring at home assists in avoiding dirt buildup which can end up altering how light reflects on the stone.
Kakooza recommends cleaning at least once in a month using warm water, a soft toothbrush and pat until dry.
He says there is also an option of taking your ring to a jeweler who can properly clean it because sometimes residue can lodge itself deep into the stone where a toothbrush may fail to access.
Starting a routine of taking your ring for checkups saves you the expense of replacing a lost stone. This also provides an opportunity for the ring to be professionally cleaned and polished.
Doreen Musisi, a customer care agent with MTN shares of how her wedding ring faded fast six months after the ceremony.
Musisi says this forced her to seek help where the jeweler advised her to take her ring for cleaning and polishing after every six months.
She says this has helped her maintain the ring in a shiny state for 10 years now.
Kakooza suggests the routine checks be done either in a period of six months or once in a year.
Refresh your ring with polish
Ronald Ekuka of Greycia Jewellery Store says if a ring is worn while doing activities like bathing, laundry and dishes, over time the coating fades due to exposure to moisture and oxygen.
He adds that chemicals like lotions and disinfectants also have a bleaching effect which contributes to the fading.
Ekuka says this is why people are advised to take their rings off when using such products and to consider seeking re-polishing to maintain the pure shine.
Avoid rough activities while wearing the ring
Rough activities like digging, carrying heavy items, gyming and sports are great for body exercising but they are also ways your ring can easily get damaged.
The precaution of removing your ring before indulging in any of these activities protects it from getting chipped, scratched or dropped in the dirt.
When you are not wearing your ring, ensure to have a safe box where you can store it away. This increases the ring’s longevity and reduces the chances of it getting lost.
Patience Kamugasha, a pharmacist shares how she lost her engagement ring after taking it off to do the dishes.
Kamugasha says her fiancé was disappointed in her for losing the ring a week after the engagement.
When storing, Kakooza advises placing the ring in a separate box from other jewelry to prevent it from being scratched or damaged.
Kakooza adds that since every ring is different and needs to be cared for differently. The client should first find out from the jeweler upon purchase how uniquely it should be handled.
Remember, the best way to secure your most prized possession is to take all necessary precautions seriously.