Engagement rings are so exciting, but there’s no denying they can be a major source of stress.
Although you obviously wouldn’t trade your engagement ring for the world, you are now responsible for caring for a beautiful (and expensive) piece of jewelry. Not only do you want to ensure that your ring stays safe, you also want to guarantee that it maintains its gorgeous sparkle for years to come.
If you want your engagement ring to last forever, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure that your dream jewel stays in tip-top shape. Keep reading for all the do’s and don’ts of caring for your engagement ring.
Do: Have Your Ring Insured
In a perfect world, your engagement ring would never be lost, damaged, or stolen. In reality, however, wearing your engagement ring all day every day creates an abundance of possibilities that something might happen to your precious jewel. While the sentimental repercussions would be devastating, insuring the full value of your ring can give you a certain peace of mind in the unfortunate event that something does go wrong. Ring insurance just requires a simple appraisal, and then you are able to choose a policy and price that works best for you! It guarantees that a lost ring isn’t the end of the world, and takes some of the pressure away from wearing such a pricey accessory every day.
Don’t: Take Your Ring Off in Public
If you’re not used to wearing a ring at all times, it can be tempting to remove your engagement ring throughout the day, especially if you are involved in very hands-on activities. However, taking your ring off in public is the ultimate way to misplace or lose it. If you know you are going to be performing tasks that might damage or dirty your ring, take it off at home and leave it there for the day. Otherwise, you should never remove your ring in public. It’s a permanent part of your wardrobe now, so leave it alone!
Do: Take Time to Clean It
Engagement rings can easily collect dirt and residue—both from your skin and from outside sources—that can cloud the gemstones and dull the signature luster that you want to maintain. The most important way to avoid this problem is to consistently clean your ring. While you should have your ring professionally cleaned about twice a year, you should also clean your ring at home once or twice a month. This will ensure that your ring stays just as sparkly and shiny as the day you got it, guaranteeing that it can always be shown off.
Don’t: Expose Your Ring to Harsh Chemicals
Harsh chemicals can have a very negative effect on the appearance of your engagement ring. Not only can they erode the setting over time, but they can also have a negative reaction with the metals or stone, creating a dull or cloudy appearance. Therefore, you should always remove your ring when engaging with any of these chemicals, including cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, and you should never use these chemicals for any of your at-home ring cleanings.
Do: Remove Your Ring During Hands-On Activities
Although your engagement ring is now a permanent addition to your wardrobe, knowing when you should remove your engagement ring is a very important part of ring maintenance. You should remove your ring during any activity that requires use of your hands or involves outside products that could potentially damage your ring. Some of these times include exercising, cleaning, showering, applying lotion, or getting ready for the day. When you do remove your ring, be sure to have a ring tray available so that you can find it in the same place every time and eliminate any worries about misplacing it.
Keeping your engagement ring in mint condition is a primary concern for all brides. With a little effort and some conscious thought, you can ensure that your ring is always as beautiful and sparkling as the day of your proposal!