How to take care of engagement & wedding rings
Protect Your Engagement Ring
Your engagement ring is special.
It’s not just a another piece of jewelry.
It’s a symbol of your relationship with your fiance and the love you share together.
But, your engagement ring needs some TLC, just like you.
If you want to keep your ring in perfect condition, you can use these engagement ring care tips and extend the sparkle.
Make your stones “shine bright like a diamond!”
Rihanna knew what she was talking about!
Research: Engagement ring cleaners
Keep It Clean
You clean your dishes, clothes, the floors, your car…
Now, you must add the engagement ring to the list.
By cleaning your ring regularly, you avoid the dirt that will build up that you don’t see with the naked eye.
There are a variety of ways to clean your engagement ring that are very simple.
Authentic Bride Guide Tip: Avoid cleaning your engagement ring anywhere near the sink to avoid an unfortunate accident!
Pick up a cute ring dish to keep your engagement ring safe when you’re not wearing it.
Get a Ring Checkup
You’ll want to get an engagement ring inspection every 6 months at the jeweler where your ring was purchased.
Let the professional work their magic and check the settings, the prongs and of course the precious stones.
This will ensure that your diamonds are snug and tight!
Plus, they’ll clean it with their fancy equipment and it will shine brighter than the day you said “Yes!”
This might seem like an unnecessary step, but trust us.
You don’t want to blow this off.
Authentic Bride Guide Tip: Add this as a calendar reminder on your phone so you don’t forget.
Engagement Ring Insurance
Let’s face it. Engagement and wedding rings with diamonds and precious stones are expensive.
You MUST get insurance for your engagement ring and wedding band.
There is no wiggle room here.
You need to protect your investment.
If you lose it, damage it or if it gets stolen, then you won’t have to worry about losing out on any money.
You never know what will happen, and just like car and health insurance, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
This is a non-negotiable expense and should be added to your wedding budget.
The No Ring Zone
We know you love your engagement ring.
We’re not judging you for staring at it daily while you lose track of time.
There are some places and activities that your engagement ring should be removed.
— Your ring has no place at the gym or any activity that makes you sweat or your hands come in contact with equipment or other people.
Some sports can cause damage to the stones, the setting and the prongs.
— Lotions, creams and makeup should not come in contact with your engagement ring.
The chemicals in beauty products can build up excess dirt, which makes diamonds and stones look dull and make the shine disappear.
Take it off in the shower and don’t put it back on until you’re done with your makeup and beauty products for the day.
— If you like swimming, either in the ocean or the swimming pool, then you already know that your engagement ring should stay at home.
You really don’t want the words “I think I lost my ring while swimming” to come out of your mouth. Yikes!
— Cleaning is another activity that can easily damage your engagement ring.
The use of chemicals and the banging on various surfaces can cause serious damage to the stones and prongs.
Just clean your house without it!
— Remove your engagement ring when you sleep so the small prongs and settings don’t snag on bed sheets and blankets.
Authentic Bride Guide Tip: Your finger will start to feel naked without your ring. Pick up a cheap silicone ring so you can show off your love whenever you’re at the gym or doing an activity where it’s safer for your engagement ring to stay at home.
You need to create a “safe place” for your engagement ring for those times when you need to take it off.
First of all, keep your ring separate from all other jewelry to avoid it being damaged or scratched.
The best storage solution is its original box or a cute ring dish.
Make a rule for yourself that whenever your engagement ring comes off your ring finger, it goes straight to the dish.
It becomes a habit and that way you will never accidentally take it off somewhere random and lose it.
Keep a few ring dishes around the house. One by your bed and one next to the kitchen sink are two great places to start.
Handle With Care
The famous James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever” is more than a catchy title.
It is a scientific fact. Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and it is ideal for everyday wear.
But… diamonds can also get damaged, chipped or even fractured.
If you want to keep your wedding ring as good as new, be careful when doing everyday things like opening doors, carrying a laundry basket around the corner or taking out the trash.
You don’t want your engagement ring to accidentally bump a hard surface and knock a stone lose or chip a diamond.