Now that you’re sporting a spectacular vintage engagement ring, it’s important to take proper care of it. Here are a few simple pearls of wisdom from the Trumpet & Horn gemologists that will help to ensure that your beautiful ring stays sparkling clean! INSURING YOUR RING Firstly, we just want to mention that you must insure your ring! There’s nothing sweeter than peace of mind. Ring insurance can be purchased as an extension for your renters’ or homeowners’ policy. You can also insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance; we recommend Perfect Circle by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. Jewelry insurance protects against theft, damage, loss or mysterious disappearance. It is always better to be safe than sorry! Be sure to hold onto your receipt and appraisal; you’ll need these for insurance purposes. CLEANING YOUR RING Did you know that diamonds naturally attract grease? Yep, that’s right, and they repel water too! We recommend cleaning your ring once a week. Don’t fret! Here are four simple ways to clean your engagement ring: 1. WINDEX Oh the beauty of Windex! Spray a few spurts of 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! Beware - if your mounting contains small stones, your diamonds may be shaken out by the ultrasonic waves.