Congratulations, you are the proud owner of a sparkling new engagement ring! With all the excitement, comes a great sense of responsibility to keep your new bling healthy and safe from loss, theft and wear and tear. This includes everything from insurance policies to learning to do-it-yourself ring cleaning. Continue reading for the lowdown on the TLC engagement ring.
1. Both before and after the proposal, insurance is essential.
If your partner did not have the insured ring as soon as it was purchased (forgive them because they probably had a lot in mind!), Now is the time to explore the options. If you have an insurance for homeowners or renters, an engagement ring can generally be protected by simply adding a rider to the policy. Alternatively, there are also independent companies specializing in jewelry insurances. A jeweler or expert will have to determine the value of your ring for insurance purposes. In most cases, an expert from the store where the ring was purchased should be able to help. It is also a good idea to have your ring revalued each year as values often change over time.
2. Know when to take it off.
As tempting as it is to keep the sparkler all the time, there are a number of everyday scenarios that can damage your new jewelry. Exercising, taking a shower, cooking, cleaning and applying makeup are risky activities for your ring. While this may sound like a lot, the bright side is that many of these situations occur at home, which means that holding a designated place where to drop the ring by walking in the door could make a difference.
3. In the same way, know when not to take it off.
There are too many stories of women leaving engagement rings in public toilets. To avoid becoming one of them, do not take off the ring to wash your hands in the bathrooms. In this case, hand soap and water combination are less harmful to your ring than the potentially huge risk of losing it.
4. Keep it clean.
For maximum brilliance, most experts recommend cleaning the engagement ring at least once a month. Fortunately, this can be done at home and the process is not difficult. All you need is a little warm water and a delicate dish liquid. Allow the ring to soak in this mixture for about 30 minutes (or even overnight) before removing it and wipe it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Finally, rinse under hot water making sure the drain is covered.
Because paper towels can scratch the ring, use a cotton towel or let it dry in the air. If you feel the need for a more thorough professional cleaning, you can take it from a jeweler twice in the year. In this case, while you are cleaning your ring professionally, be sure to ask the jeweler to check the tines on the setting to make sure your stone stays in place.