Here at Lux, we try our hardest to ensure that every one of our products is as durable and resistant to the elements as possible. Many of our products, however, are made from reclaimed and natural materials, which can make them slightly more susceptible to damage from impact, scratching and water, when compared to a solid precious metal band.
We have invested a lot of time and money into improving our products in terms of resistance to the elements and durability. We use the highest quality sealants in our rings, which gives them a water-resistant finish. This means they should be more than capable of dealing with your shower, bath, washing up, or the pool as long as you do not damage the seal. This same sealant should give you a barrier that will protect your ring from the majority of impacts and scratches. Once again, however, you must keep your expectations in check, as no natural material will be as resistant as a solid metal band.
In the case of our wooden ring collection, we are often asked how to treat the wood. Luckily, you don’t have too! As our rings use natural products, the natural oils from your fingers are the best thing for treating your wooden rings. Occasionally, for a more protective coating, apply some butcher block oil and leave your ring off overnight.
Even with the added protection that our sealing process provides, it does not give you a warranty or guarantee against damage as a result of water damage or impact damage. We still advise you to take your ring off for manual labor or plan to expose your ring to chemicals or long periods of water contact. This is especially important to remember if you have an open-ended ring, where a natural material like Antler or wood does not have a metal edge on both sides.
Finally, be wary of high-impact damage. If you bash your ring on a sturdy surface, you may chip it or crack the sealant, removing the protection that is on the ring.
Wearing your ring daily over the years can lead to a dulling of the metal or any natural stone, like Abalone. To return them to their former glory at home, you should leave your ring in a mixture of warm water and dish soap for 4 minutes. Afterward, take a bristle brush or new toothbrush and gently scrub your ring, paying special attention to any crevices or cracks.
If you have a ring with crushed minerals inside, for example, our Turquoise or Antler collection, you should not leave your ring in the mixture of soap and water. Instead, you should take the ring and scrub it in the same way, by using the solution in the bowl.
If you want the metal aspects of your ring to shine and glimmer like the day they were made, you might want to consider heading to a local jeweler for a polish. This can be necessary every five or so years. Your jeweler should wash and clean the ring at the same time.