So your sweetheart got down on one knee, presented you with the most gorgeous ring you’ve ever seen, and popped the question. Congratulations! Now that you’ve got that gorgeous bling on your finger (for the rest of your life) how do you make sure to take care of it correctly? Here are some tips to keep your ring shiny and beautiful for years to come.
Consider Engagement Ring Insurance
Although not considered a necessity by all, having your ring appraised and insured as soon as possible can be a really great idea. Of course, insurance cannot bring your ring back in the case that it is damaged or stolen, but it can save you some emotional turmoil during the process. In many cases, homeowners’ insurance policies will allow you to add your important jewelry to your existing policy, so depending on your situation, it may be as simple as a small addition to your coverage. Otherwise, there are many companies that are able to insurance individual jewelry pieces for you.
Clean Your Ring Regularly
Of course, it is always recommended that you take your ring to professional cleaners whenever possible—oftentimes the store where the piece was purchased will let you bring your ring in anytime for a free cleaning. If you’re local to the jewelry store, be sure to ask if that’s an option for you.
If you do choose to clean it yourself, do not use harsh chemicals or household cleaners. Many people recommend using a few drops of dish detergent in warm water, then gently cleaning the entire band and stone with a brand new baby toothbrush to get a sparkling ring at home. However, it is always wise to consult your jeweler about the best way to clean the material used for your specific ring before attempting any at-home cleaning. The last thing you want to do is accidentally damage such an important piece.
Avoid Exposing Your Ring to Harsh Chemicals
Not only should you avoid cleaning your ring with harsh chemicals, but you should generally avoid any exposure to them at all. Chemicals like bleach and chlorine can break down certain materials and eventually weaken your piece. If you know you’ll be doing an activity potentially involving those substances, like deep cleaning your home or visiting a swimming pool, be sure to take your ring off and leave it in a clean, dry, safe place until you’re finished handling those items.
Take Your Ring Off When Needed
If you know you’re going to be doing particularly hand-centric activities, you should absolutely take your ring off for the duration of that activity. Any particularly strenuous activities including exercise, dishes, gardening, home repairs, etc. can actually wear down, scratch, dent, or bend the band of your engagement ring. Even more importantly, the gemstones may be sturdy, but the prongs can get bent or otherwise damaged, which can make the stone fall out. When in doubt, if you think you may be doing an activity that could put pressure or wear on your rings, avoid wearing them.
Get Your Ring Professionally Checked
You should be bringing your ring in to your jeweler to get checked for wear and tear at least once a year, twice if possible. Although everything may look fine to you, it is always a good idea to have a professional check your ring at least once every year, as there may be signs of damage or potential problems that you simply do not have the background and knowledge to notice, so why risk it? Maybe put a yearly reminder in your phone or even make a plan to go every year on the week of your anniversary to just go in and make sure everything is stable and secure. As a bonus, they will likely give you a complimentary ring cleaning at the same time.
Take Your Ring In for Professional Cleaning Before Your Wedding
As a little bonus tip, rather than worrying about it yourself and having that added stress right before your big day, take your ring in to be professionally cleaned as close to your wedding as possible. It’ll have an extra sparkle in all of your wedding photos, and it’ll help you check one more thing off of your list.
Your engagement ring is a piece of jewelry that not only has fond memories attached, but it’s likely one of the only pieces of jewelry you own that you’ll want to wear for the rest of your life, aside from your wedding ring, of course! Be sure to take special care of it. Get it seen by a professional at least once a year, be sure to take it off when you’re doing activities that might harm the materials, and consider getting it insured to be extra safe.