You just got engaged! Your ring is gorgeous! You show everyone and anyone, even the bank teller. You admire it while driving your car with the sunlight picking up its sparkle. Then one day, you look down and see a scratch. Oh no…that was not there before! You try polishing out with a polishing cloth. That doesn’t work. How did this happen?
Your engagement and wedding rings are usually made of precious metals, like gold or platinum. When jewelry is worn, its surfaces undergo changes. No metal is so hard that it will not acquire personal traces of wear. Polished surfaces become more matte. Matte surfaces gradually become shinier. Every piece of jewelry develops its own unique character of the person who wears it. This is a natural process.
In order to keep it well…it should be stored separately, not in a pile with other things. A soft cloth, velvet bags or trays will keep them from being scratched.
Metal against metal also scratches.
When wearing rings stacked together they rub against each other dulling the surface. Take them off and put them on with the same surfaces facing each other that way the outsides stay polished as long as possible. I keep a jewelry ring holder next to my bed and put the rings on the same way I take them off.
Use gloves or better yet, do not wear fine jewelry while doing housework, working out, lifting weights, gardening or using chemicals and such. Stay away from chlorine and other bleaches, including the swimming pool.
The better care you take of your jewelry the better it will look. And for those who put some wear and tear on those rings and are unhappy about the result, a good jeweler should be able to refurbish them.