My Wedding Ring Looks Dull – What To Do

By Julie •  Updated: 11/11/21 •  3 min read

Wedding rings have a limited lifespan. If you have not noticed your wedding ring has dulled over time, it is probably time to replace it. There are a number of things that can cause your wedding ring to lose its shine. Here are some of the most common causes and what you can do to make sure your ring looks its best again.

Causes of dull rings

Tight fitting wedding ring

If your ring is too tight, it can cause the metal to dull over time. The only way to make sure that your ring fits comfortably is to have it sized by a professional jeweler.

Dirty wedding ring

Your wedding ring can become dirty and start to lose its shine. Cleaning your wedding ring with a special solution or with a piece of cloth that has been dipped in jeweler’s rouge will help restore the shine and luster.

Worn-out Wedding Ring

If you have been wearing your wedding ring for an extended period of time, you may need to replace it as well. Wedding rings should be replaced after two years or when they begin to look dull. When you replace your wedding band, make sure that you choose one that matches the style of the original band so that it looks as good as new.

Tips for getting rid of a worn out wedding band


Do not try to clean your worn out metal by rubbing it with steel wool or sandpaper as this will damage the metal over time. You can clean them with any type of jewelry cleaner designed for silver jewelry.


Using a soft cloth, polish your wedding ring to restore the shine. The best thing to use is a special polishing cloth designed for silver jewelry.

Get it sized

If you have not had your ring sized in some time, it may be too tight or too loose. When your ring has been sized, it will fit comfortably and will no longer cause the metal to dull over time.

Have it made from scratch

If you do not want to purchase another one of the same style of wedding band, you can have one made from scratch by an experienced jeweler. Your jeweler will be able to make your wedding band in any style or shape that you want so that it looks exactly like the original rings and fits comfortably on your finger.

Dent repair

If your wedding band has a dent, it can be repaired by a jeweler. This is done by placing the ring in a special piece of silver jewelry called a dent repair kit. The jewelry will then be heated and fused together to make sure that the ring looks like new again.


If you have been wearing your wedding ring for an extended period of time, it may be time to replace it with a new one. When you purchase a new ring, make sure that you have your original wedding band with you so that the jeweler can match them up properly and make sure that they are both in good condition.

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Julie is an editor and writer who loves to write about getting engaged and wedding preparations. She’s also a wedding photographer on the side. Julie received her degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Julie lives in Texas with her husband and their three kids. As a couple they enjoy spending time on Texas’ South Padre Island beaches, and they also love to hike in the Texas Hill Country. As well as being parents to kids, Julie and her husband are also pet parents to two dogs, three cats, and a 50 gallon tank of beautiful tropical fish.