You’ve read it in books and you’ve seen it in the movies rings hold a lot of meaning but nothing seems to be quite as memorable as a mother’s ring. More than just a piece of jewelry, a mother’s ring usually symbolizes all the good teachings that the good woman has bestowed upon her children, along with the reminder that these teachings be passed on. Apart from the mother’s life though, a mother’s ring also represents a mother’s love, her passions, and what drove her to become the woman that she is or was. There are different kinds of mothers in the world so you can expect that there will be different kinds of mothers’ rings. What will be the most important to you though will have to be your own mother’s ring.
The kind of care you should afford mothers’ rings depends on the kind of ring you are looking at. Generally, the simpler a ring is, the simpler the care routine will be. For instance, a plain gold band will require less than what a diamond ring will. It is best then to determine first what kind of ring you have in order to figure out the best way to care for it. The good news though is that caring for your mother’s ring is actually very simple. Here are some things you can keep mind:
- If a ring is worn every day, it will be subjected to typically the same kind of wear and tear that hands will experience. You can keep a ring clean by regularly soaking it in warm water with liquid detergent for at least half an hour. If your ring has settings and there seems to be dirt underneath, consider soaking the ring in a solution made up of 50 parts cool water and 50 parts ammonia. After soaking, get a soft brush and tap the ring on all sides to loosen dirt. Rinse again using the solution and pat to dry.
- Prongs in your mother’s ring will also require care because they may become loose, bent, or weakened over time. To check if a stone is still properly in place, slightly tap it. You should hear a slight rattling if a stone is loose. If you suspect that you have a loose stone, take it to a jeweler for further inspection. A jeweler will also have the proper tools and expertise to set a stone back in properly.
- An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure is also true when it comes to your mother’s ring. To prevent unnecessary damage, make sure that the ring is stored properly when not worn. Make sure that the ring will not rub against other pieces of jewelry. If routine tasks are done that involve your mother’s hands a lot, just have her take off the ring. This will let you avoid potential scratches, cracks, and breaks that will require a trip to the jeweler to fix. Avoid the damage and you also avoid more tedious modes of maintenance.