Whether you have a veteran pendant, marine corp pendant, USMC pendant, or any other pendant you might be having, you should take good care of it.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do it. Some of these ways include:
Have your ring checked twice a year by a professional
It’s common for the prongs to loosen or bend due to regular wear. And when this happens, the stones can accidentally fall out. And you don’t want this, do you?
To ensure this doesn’t happen, ensure that the prongs securely hold the stone in place.
The process of doing this is pretty easy and straightforward, and almost every jeweler will do it for you for free, even if you don’t buy the ring from their store.
All you need to do is identify a reputable store and have your ring checked there.
Clean your ring at least four times a year
It’s common for dirt, oil, and residues to lodge themselves in the ring. When you go for a long time without cleaning the ring, the ring ends up looking dull and ugly, and you don’t want this. To keep your ring looking spectacular, you need to clean it regularly.
A good rule of thumb is to have the ring cleaned by professional at least four times a year.
If you don’t have a jeweler close to where you live, you can clean the ring by yourself, taking care not to use bleach or any other abrasive chemicals that can cause extensive damage.
Refresh your ring every few years
To keep your veteran pendant looking shiny and maintain its shape, you should refresh the metal setting every couple of years.
You should note that even the most properly maintained ring tarnishes often due to oxygen and moisture coming into contact with the ring.
To maintain the smooth surface and shine, you will need to polish your platinum or yellow gold ring every couple of years.
If you have a white gold ring, dip it every few years to replace the rhodium plating and retain the color and luster.
For the best outcome, have the work be done by an experienced professional that knows what they are doing. The beauty is that many jewelers charge only a small fee.
Be cautious about how you store the ring.
How you store the ring goes a long way towards keeping it in top shape. When you aren’t wearing the ring, store it safely away from any harmful elements.
A good way to go about it is to store it in a fabric-lined jewelry box with dividers. This way, the ring won’t rub against other jewelry.
Place the jewelry case in a lock box or fireproof case for extra security.
Don’t resize your ring more than once
It’s normal to lose and gain weight over time, and when you do, the size of the hands change. As you can tell, when your hands size changes, the ring might fail to fit you or even begin falling.
If you love wearing the ring, it’s natural to want to resize it so that you can continue wearing it.
You can get away with resizing the ring once, but don’t do it more than once, as you risk making the ring too fragile that it breaks. Resizing also exposes the ring to long-term damage.