ring care guide
So you love your new Flinn & Steel ring and want to wear it all the time, right? That’s awesome, but it’s also a good idea to give your digits a break now and then. This will let your skin breathe and give you time to clean your finger - and your ring! Here are some care tips for each of our metals…
These guys are tough but not completely resistant to marking. To wash, fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of mild washing up liquid, then leave to soak for 5 minutes. Rub away any nasties with a soft cloth, rinse with water and then dry with a clean towel. Don’t let your titanium rings air dry as the water marks may cause spots. For an extra shine, titanium can be cleaned with glass cleaners containing ammonia, such as Windex (other cleaners are available!)
Wash tungsten rings with a few drops of mild washing up liquid and water only - avoid chemical cleaners! These guys are our hardest ring, but they lose their lustre in the presence of really harsh chemicals. Leave to soak for 15 minutes and use a soft toothbrush or cotton bud to get into any tight areas. Then rinse with warm water and dry with a clean cloth. Also know that tile floors and tungsten aren’t good pals, so maybe take him off in the bedroom at night instead of the bathroom.
Tantalum is SUPER tough, resistant to most chemicals and doesn't require much maintenance or upkeep. Simply, soak in a bowl of mild soap and water for 2 minutes before brushing with a soft cloth. Tantalum may develop a natural wear pattern over time but if you want to remove scratches, you can use either a nylon pad or a cream metal polish, along with a soft cloth. Rinse at the end and your beautiful smoky grey tantalum is restored!
DAMASCUS/STAINLESS STEEL RINGS
While you can totally just wash these with mild soap and water, we recommend a mild toothpaste and toothbrush to clean any dirt from inside our Damascus patterns. Grade 316L stainless steel does NOT like huge amounts of concentrated Chlorine OR salt water, so to keep it looking pristine, keep this guy out of the pool or sea if you’re a regular swimmer.
Whilst cobalt doesn’t chip, shatter or crack, these guys are scratch resistant but not totally scratch proof. To clean, soak in mild soap and warm water for up to 30 minutes and use a cloth to get rid of any dirt. Buff to a shine with a soft cloth or consider a professional buffing every year to restore that bright white shine.
PRECIOUS METAL RINGS
If you have one of our extra special gold or silver rings, then the softer metals may need a little more care and attention. Remember, these metals don't like harsh chemicals or certain cosmetic products so if you're experiencing a lot of tarnishing, it may be worth taking your ring off for certain activities. Tarnishing is a natural process caused by moisture and oxygen coming into contact with these precious metals, particularly with silver alloys where the small amount of copper is what tarnishes more noticeably over time.
So, we'd first recommended a warm soapy water clean with a soft toothbrush and gentle, fragrance-free soap to get rid of any dirt and grime. After that, jewellery polishing cloths are usually the safest option to remove tarnish. Remember, the longer you leave your ring before cleaning, the harder it will be to remove the stubborn tarnish. Take a good quality polishing cloth and work gently to avoid over scrubbing which may damage the ring. The cloth will turn black as the tarnish is removed, and you should be left with a shiny and reinvigorated ring!