So, you finally found the one and you’ve got the engagement ring to prove it. Your engagement ring is certainly a treasured item that you’ll be excited to wear for the rest of your life. But do you know how to take care of it? Since engagement rings are such delicate and valuable pieces of jewelry, they require a little looking after. But what do you need to do to take care of your engagement ring? We’ve put together a list of exactly what you need to do to keep your ring in beautiful condition.
The Set Up: What To Do Right Away
First things first, you’ll want to insure your ring. You may not think you need to insure your ring, but accidents happen. You need to be sure that you’ve protected your investment from theft or accident. Don’t skip this step! After you get your ring appraised and insured, you can rest easy that you’ll be protected from any unexpected issues.
Make sure your fiancé got the right size for your engagement ring— for security reasons, your ring should be a perfect fit. This is because improperly sized rings (even if it’s just by a little) are at a much higher risk of slipping off. If you’re not completely sure that you have the right size, have the size checked out by a jeweler.
Know When To Wear It
You’re excited about your engagement ring and you probably want to wear it all the time. But you should know that it’s okay to take your engagement ring off sometimes, especially when you’d be putting it at risk of getting damaged. You should avoid getting harsh chemicals on your ring (like when you’re cleaning) and you shouldn’t do any vigorous activity with your ring on (like working out). You might think your ring is indestructible but it can easily be damaged by chemicals or being struck. A diamond might be sturdy but precious metals like gold or many precious stones (especially emeralds) can be easily damaged.
The Maintenance: How To Take Care Of Your Ring Long-Term
Get Regular Check Ups
Your engagement ring needs its own kind of annual doctor’s appointment: a check up at the jeweler. You should take your ring to be checked at a jeweler at least once a year to make sure that the setting is in place and that you aren’t at risk of losing any stones. This is a simple preventative step that you need to take to make sure your ring stays in good condition.
Don’t Be Careless With It
You already know not to wear your ring while around harsh chemicals or doing vigorous activity. But remember not to put your ring in other dangerous situations. For example, don’t start leaving your ring carelessly around the house, and especially not around any sinks or bathtubs! Have a safe place where you can put your ring at home when you take it off. You should also remember not to take your ring off in public places, which could cause you to leave your ring behind. It’s also a good idea to avoid swimming with your ring on, especially if you’re going for a dip in the ocean. If your ring slips off into the Pacific, you’re not going to see it again.
Clean It Regularly
Finally, remember to clean your ring to keep it looking its best. You can try gently cleaning your ring at home with warm water (remember to never use chemicals on your ring), but really the best method for cleaning an engagement ring is a professional steam. Most jewelers can quickly and easily clean your ring. With an occasional trip to the cleaner, you’ll keep your ring shining as brightly as the day you bought it!