How To Keep Your Wedding Ring Pristine

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You got the ring, now what? It’ll stay beautiful and radiant for the first couple weeks (probably because you’re so attached to it that it never leaves your finger). After that point, you’ll start to notice it dulling a bit. I’m here to help you keep it pristine from the very beginning. Bad habits are easier to break when you don’t start them. Here are my biggest tips for keeping that gorgeous rock clean and stunning for years to come!

Cleaning It Regularly

Basic, I know. When you wear it day after day you don’t notice how dull your ring can get. Diamonds glisten and gleam even when a bit dingy so you won’t be able to tell how dirty it actually is until you get yourself on an actual schedule. I use the Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner in Precious. I love this cleaner and notice a significant difference after cleaning it. It takes 30 seconds and makes a world of difference! I clean my ring every other week or two. Make sure to read the instructions on the cleaner you use so you don’t damage your ring by cleaning it too much.

Knowing When To Take It Off

Do I ever WANT to take this gorgeous thing off? No. Do I know when I NEED to take it off? Yes.

I make sure to take it my ring off when I’m doing anything strenuous on my hands, anything messy (even if that’s just washing my hands or light cleaning around the house), and even sleeping. Sleeping is a big one for me. I bought my husband and myself cute little ring holders that we both keep on our nightstands. You don’t realize (since you’re obviously sleeping, duh) that you put your body in awkward positions and maybe you even lay on your hands. Wear like that over time can cause prongs to come loose. Yikes!

Staring At It

It’s the most expensive accessory I’ll ever own. I mean, it’s probably the most expensive piece I’ll put on my body – PERIOD! Of course I’m going to be staring at it constantly. Another reason to be keeping an eye on your jewelry is so you can easily detect when something seems wrong. You’ll be more apt to notice diamonds coming loose or, God forbid, missing. If you are keeping an eye on your ring, you’ll be able to get it into a store to be fixed before any real damage.

Leave a comment below and tell me your secret to keeping your jewelry clean!
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How To : DIY Jewelry Holder / Coat Rack

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What better way to kick off this creative journey than to start with a super simple DIY that adds a beautiful custom accent to your home. If you live in a smaller home or an apartment, like I do, you know how difficult it is to come by decent counter space in a bathroom. I didn’t have adequate counter space for my necklace display so I began thinking of other methods of storing them. Many people overlook wall space as being used for storage, but it is something I rely on in my home. Arranging my bathroom wall as a gallery wall serves as something pleasing to look at while being functional. That being said, I turned to Pinterest to find inspiration. I quickly found a concept I enjoyed and began working on tweaking it to my taste.

Here is what I used to make this DIY necklace display system:

Many of these products I had floating around my kitchen or garage so the only items that needed to be purchased were the hooks ($15) and the picture hanging teeth ($5). So, this DIY costed me a total of $20! How amazing is that?! Plus it isn’t a time consuming process at all.

Here is what I did:

  • I created the DIY aged stain mixture and set that aside to mix together for a few days.
  • While the stain mixture was set aside for those few days, I took care of some of the busy work. I made sure to place my order on amazon for the hooks and picked up the picture hanging teeth. Also, make sure you measure your wall area and necklaces to see how big of a piece of wood you will need. Once I measured, I cut the wood down to the ideal size.
  • Once my stain mixture was ready, I painted one layer onto the piece of wood.
    • *Be sure you do this outside, preferably in a garage. The lovely smell of vinegar is rather potent!*
  • The next day I checked on the stain and gave it another coat to darken it to the shade I wanted.
  • Once completely dry I nailed in the picture hanging teeth to the back and screwed the hooks onto the front in the pattern I desired.
  • The last step is to hang it and ENJOY!!

I am obsessed with how this turned out and I appreciate it all the more because I did it myself. The price tag is definitely a plus too! 😉 Keep in mind that this DIY can be used for a variety of different purposes. I used mine for necklaces but also explore its uses as a coat rack, a decorative way to string picture frames from, etc. If you decide to try this out, let me know your results!

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