If a Mothers Ring has been passed down to you through the passing of a loved one, there are some things you need to consider in order to keep it in in excellent condition, so that you may also, one day, pass it on to a loved one.
Do you plan on wearing the ring on your finger or around your neck on a chain? Take a look at the gold or silver and see if there are many scratches or just a few. Determine what your plans are for the ring. If you plan on wearing the ring immediately, it is very important to make sure the ring is in good physical condition. If any of the gemstones feel loose, it is imperative to get it to a jeweler immediately!
Sometimes there are damages to a ring that may not be noticeable to an untrained eye, such as a faintly warped setting, which can easily result in a missing stone and hurt feelings. Your best bet is to immediately take your Mothers Ring to a jeweler after it is passed down for your keeping. What will a jeweler do? A professional jeweler will give your ring a thorough evaluation to determine the strength of the setting and determine if there are any loose stones. Doing this, can prevent the tragedy of realizing your brother’s emerald gemstone is missing after a leisurely dip in the pool.
Appraisals are commonly performed on pieces of valuable jewelry to get an approximate value of a ring for insurance purposes; to determine if gemstones or metals are real; and just because it’s nice to know how much your jewelry is worth. Appraisals should only be done by experts with degrees of accreditation from the Gemological Institute of America.
9.5 times out of 10, the Mothers Ring passed down to you is not going to fit perfectly; but a Mothers Ring is one of the few jewelry items you really need to have fitted perfectly. Nothing would feel worse than losing a slightly over-sized ring in the ocean or down the drain! Immediately after receiving the heirloom, take it to a jeweler and have them size it to your chosen finger. Most everyone knows you can easily size a ring down, but perhaps you didn’t know that a jeweler can also size a ring up!
Re-sizing should only be done by a trained jeweler, qualified to enlarge or shrink your ring without destroying the appearance or sentimental value. Sizing a ring down is simple for a jeweler and less expensive, with a process that uses either a mallet or re-soldering for a seamless result. Enlarging your ring is going to cost more than making your ring smaller, but this is a small price to pay to be able to wear your precious family treasure safely. The reason this is more expensive is because for a Mothers Ring made of gold or silver, more of the metal will need to be added in order to make it larger. Can’t afford re-sizing right away? Wear the ring around a chain or purchase a ring guard, which is a plastic ring that you slip inside your Mother’s Ring to make the circumference temporarily smaller.
Take a look at our sizing guide!
You may find yourself the recipient of a piece of family history for which you don’t know the history! Not knowing the story behind a family heirloom will not only decrease its emotional value to you, but for the generations after you. Take the time to inquire among family members, and find out who each stone represents, if you don’t already know; along with when and how the ring was given. You will be very happy you have this story to tell your own children!
Here is a list of birthstones for your reference:
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Alexandrite
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Pink Tourmaline
November – Citrine
December – Blue Topaz
Over time, the vibrant and colorful gemstones on a Mothers Ring can become dull or dirty. The best way to clean your ring is by taking it to a professional jeweler, but there are ways to care for it at home if you refrain from using harsh chemicals and treat it gently.
Jewelers will polish your gold and silver using a water-based cleaning solution on professional-grade jeweler’s cloth, which will not scratch the metal or gemstones. If you would rather do a cleaning at home, you can use a simple solution of 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of ammonia. Soak your Mothers Ring in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes and then use a toothbrush to lightly scrub the ring to remove grime. Be sure to rinse your ring thoroughly under water to remove excess ammonia.
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