My Cruddy Wedding Ring

by Courtney Sirotin on February 7, 2012

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Jason, don’t get upset! I’m not talking about how I feel about my wedding ring, I’m talking literally about the crud that’s actually on it!

So, a couple years ago before my younger sister, Kelly, got married, she and her fiancé brought their still sparkling new engagement rings to a jeweler to get them cleaned. Since I’d been married awhile and had never had mine professionally cleaned I asked if they would take mine too.

They were quite serious when they returned with my clean ring and obviously felt a little awkward about giving me a message from the jeweler. Apparently, the diamonds on my ring were very loose and the jeweler felt that the layers of crud that had built up over the years were the only reason I hadn’t lost them yet; the gunk was holding them in! The jeweler returned it with the warning that now that it was clean I better get the settings tightened or risk losing my bling.

As you might expect, I didn’t tend to my ring. I reasoned that my messy lifestyle kept those diamonds in once, and if I didn’t change anything, it would keep them in again. True enough, a couple years have passed since I received that dire warning and I haven’t lost a single gem. And while I know there must be layers of build-up on my ring, I honestly cannot see it! I have always cleaned it a certain way and it seems clean to me. I suppose a jeweler with a magnifying glass would see all the imperfections and be disgusted, but I’m okay with them. This ring has things to do and children to raise and there’s no time for polishing.

Case in point:

Today Dylan and I played with Play-Doh. (You might remember when I purchased this kit from Big Lots!). After using the kit three times, I’ve finally figured out that it’s best played on a garbage bag so that it’s easy to clean up. I also figured out that Dylan should play it without his pants on or the Play-Doh sticks to his butt when he inevitably sits on it.

After the fun was over, I noticed my ring was clogged with green Play-Doh (a green we made ourselves with the yellow and blue containers!).

As I drew Dylan’s bath I set about cleaning my ring using my usual technique. First, I examined the situation.

Then I got out my tools. This is the same old toothbrush I’ve been using to clean my ring with since we moved into our current house a few years ago. In addition to the toothbrush I use whatever hand soap we have available. As you can see, this particular bottle has been empty for a while now and is currently in the “add water and shake to make a few more bubbles” stage.

I then begin scrubbing my ring with the soapy toothbrush bristles in the same way I would brush my teeth; lots of circular motions. The jeweler would chastise me for being so rough with it, given the loose diamonds, but he doesn’t scare me!

(No, I don’t clean my ring one-handed…I just couldn’t get the shot unless I staged it this way.)

I usually don’t bother taking it off, but the Play-Doh was stubborn.

(While taking this shot I realized the drain was open and I got that weird urge you sometimes get to do something you absolutely don’t want to do…you know what I mean…so I closed the drain quickly.)

I inspected my work and was satisfied.

Voilà! Now, I know there is probably lots of gunk still in there, but I don’t see it! Do you?! (Don’t answer that.)

My wedding ring is cruddy but I absolutely love it 🙂 Its the perfect symbol of me, my marriage and the life I am living now. Here’s the message it sends: love hard, don’t sweat the small stuff, and trust that we’ll all hang on for another day.

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JASON SIROTIN February 7, 2012 at 3:18 am

I must be more of a mess than you as I am missing a diamond in my wedding band. That’s what you get when you buy rings at the compton swap meet. Which reminds me of when Courtney and I just met and I convinced her I lived in Compton and was part of the infamous Bloods street gang.


COURTNEY February 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

You’ve got it all wrong; you need to be messier! It’s the goo that holds the diamonds in.

p.s. Fix your ring!


TREY February 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

A tip from someone who once lost an earring this way (yes I used to wear earrings, and they were awesome)…close the drain when you clean jewelry over the sink, you’d be surprised what can slip right down the drain…and really fast too.


COURTNEY February 12, 2012 at 1:01 am

Gd tip, Trey! It’s always best to close the drain. I think I remember you with earrings and if i remember correctly they were indeed awesome.


KELLY February 17, 2012 at 1:08 am

I am actually surprised you clean your ring at all. I haven’t cleaned my ring myself once since I got it. That being said, 2 random people have told me that it’s dirty. I felt awkward both times…but not enough to actually clean it. Also if anyone ever complements me on my ring, I immediately tell them it’s dirty.


JALEESA PAULUS March 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you ever been blogging for? you made running a blog look easy. The total glance of your web site is wonderful, let alone the content!


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