As the name would imply, vintage engagement rings aren’t brand new pieces and may have some special care considerations you should be aware of. Loose settings and damage to the metal are quite common in pieces that aren’t cared for, according to Cynthia Findlay Antiques.
With this advice, you’ll be able to store and care for these pieces. Although you should let a professional restore particularly tarnished pieces, you can try all of these tips at home with minimal risk to your jewellery.
There’s a reason estate jewellery is often stored in small jewellery boxes, and within individual compartments. Preventing metal and gemstones from rubbing up against one another prevents damage caused by sensitivity to hotter or colder temperatures.
Another thing to keep in mind is that what you wear can interact with the metals and cause damage. Lotions, oils, perfume, makeup and other cosmetics can damage even custom jewellery from Toronto because the metal is susceptible to the chemicals in your cosmetics. If you’re wearing older pieces, consider keeping makeup to a minimum.
First, if the piece has any damage at all do not attempt to clean it. Get yourself a decent soft-bristle toothbrush and some very light detergent (avoid concentrates). Mix the detergent in water and use very short and soft strokes to gently polish the metal. If you have silver polish, you can remove tarnish from silver pieces with a soft cloth. That said, jewelers who deal in antiques are likely to offer free or very reasonably priced cleaning services for your older pieces.