Monday, April 12, 2010
Because I Like To Get Dirty
For months after Andrew and I got engaged I prepared myself to lose the ring that he'd given me, and I'm not talking metaphorically. It would have made perfect sense because, in the past, I've had expensive rings run over by dump trucks, mysteriously disappear, and get left on the granite countertop in the bathroom of a martini bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Sometimes I wonder if a cocktail waitress is just strutting down Las Olas Boulevard looking at her hand thanking the sucker with the size four and half ring finger and a tendancy toward forgetfulness. (I actually don't miss that last ring, having tried to give it back from the beginning, so in a way I think that losing it was some sort of weird omen that tells me it wasn't meant to be.)
Right before we moved here, nearly six months ago, I decided to take my rings into Jon Paul's for a thorough, professional cleaning. Mostly because I knew that I wasn't going to be able to get them easily cleaned any time soon since the whole process takes a couple of days and our other jeweler, Rock Hill Associates, is up in Saint Louis. It meant that it would be the first time since our wedding that The Mr. Jon Paul himself would get see how disgusting my rocks had gotten, and being that I like to roll around in dirt and crack my hands on stone countertops, I was a little concerned that he'd take my ring back right there on the spot and forbid me from coming within five hundred feet of his custom built pieces again.
Fortunately, he said, "I can't believe how clean these are," and then asked how I was caring for them.
I shared with him this little recipe (my pieces are platinum and diamonds, so I'm not sure if this would work well with other stones or metals)...
1. Fill a small bowl with hot water and a couple of spritzes of Windex or a bit of Dove soap.
2. Let the jewelry sit in the bowl for a couple of minutes.
3. Use a soft toothbrush to gently remove any build up of grime between the prongs. I like to put a tiny bit of mild toothpaste (nothing with whiteners) on the brush when I clean mine.
4. Let them air dry on a microfiber towel.