One of the questions we get from customers all the time is "Will my vintage piece last?". And the answer is "Yes!" followed by instructions on how to clean, care for, and insure your engagement ring. Some of our jewelry is over 150 years old, and needs to be treated with a little extra love! Below are our recommendations for ensuring that your ring continues to last from generation to generation. Cleaning your engagement ring is essential not only for maintaining it's sparkle, but also helps increase its longevity. We recommend cleaning your ring once a week, especially if you have a diamond engagement ring! Diamonds naturally attract grease & repel water, so you'll need to get creative to keep it shining. Here are our favorite simple ways to clean your engagement ring: 1. GLASS CLEANER Oh the beauty of Windex! Spray a few spurts of glass cleaner or Windex directly on your diamond ring and scrub with a soft toothbrush or lint-free cloth or towel. Rinse under cold water, and pat dry with a lint-fee cloth or towel. 2. THE DISH SOAP + WATER METHOD Give your diamond ring a quick clean, with warm water and a few squirts of mild dishwashing liquid. Soak your ring for 5-10 minutes, or until the water becomes lukewarm. Brush gently with a soft toothbrush, and rinse. Don’t forget to close the drain first! Pat dry with a lint-free cloth or towel. 3. MORE VODKA, PLEASE! Soak your beautiful diamond ring in a glass of vodka, while you enjoy a nice tall glass of your own. Vodka will give your ring its sparkle back! Simply rinse your ring under warm water and rub it dry with a lint-free cloth or towel. 4. ULTRASONIC MACHINES Ultrasonic machines are commercially available to help keep your jewelry clean. These machines work like a charm on diamond rings, but avoid putting other types of jewelry in these machines, like pearls and emeralds! These stones are much softer than diamonds and risk becoming damaged in an ultrasonic machine. Also, if your mounting contains small stones, your diamonds may be shaken loose by the ultrasonic waves. Each Trumpet & Horn ring has been restored by our jewelers with the utmost care to not only secure the setting and the stones, but also to preserve the original integrity of the work that went into making it. Just like all new rings, vintage rings are not indestructible, and care should always be used while wearing them. To give your ring the care it deserves, we recommend not wearing your ring while: showering, washing dishes, cleaning, sleeping, exercising, gardening, or doing any other strenuous activity that you feel may cause damage to it! If you have a ring with emeralds, opals or pearls, you should also take extra care so as not to damage the soft stones. Your engagement ring is an investment that you and your partner have made to celebrate the decision to spend your lives together. Just like you would insure your house, car, or motorcycle, we strongly recommend getting your ring insured to protect against a potentially devastating situation. Trumpet & Horn works exclusively with Perfect Circle Insurance to help ensure your ring is covered against loss, theft, damage, or mysterious disappearance. Many newly engaged couples don’t think they need insurance - until they do! Whether it’s a lost stone, theft, or damage, insurance gives you peace of mind just in case the unthinkable happens. Don’t wait until it’s too late to insure your ring - applying online takes about 10 minutes at www.perfectcircleinsurance.com and quotes are provided for free within seconds. Insurance is very affordable and typically costs between $50-$250 / year (depending on the value of your ring, the deductible you choose, and where you live). Click here for a free online quote, or click here to apply for an insurance policy from Perfect Circle Insurance.