14 Jul Protect Your Engagement Ring For A Lifelong Sparkle
When you finally get engaged, your engagement ring becomes a show piece – but it’s much more than that. Of course everyone wants to see it, and you are proud to show it off. But as time goes on, you become more and more attached to it because of its emotional significance.
At first, perhaps you wondered how to protect your ring’s monetary value – which is a valid concern. However, the longer you wear it, the more concerned you’ll likely become about protecting it as a symbol of your marriage. The question is, how do you make sure your engagement ring keeps its sparkle, long after the initial excitement of the proposal has passed?
How To Keep Your Engagement Ring Beautiful
Unfortunately, many women don’t think of their engagement ring as something that needs maintenance. However, maintaining your ring properly can either make or break its lasting, symbolic beauty. The good news is, you can keep your ring as beautiful after 25 years as it was when you received it. Here are a few tips.
- Clean it — For the first year or two of your marriage, perhaps you clean your ring regularly to maintain its sparkle. But what about after 5 or 10 years? Sadly, most rings don’t get the regular cleaning they need, and the buildup of dirt and grime can have a significant, negative impact on its beauty. Try to give your ring a monthly cleaning with a soft brush and mild soap or jewelry cleaner. You’ll be surprised at how much better it will look. Once a year, let your jeweler give it a professional cleaning — they might even do it for free.
- Ensure it — Your engagement ring is a big investment. Be sure to ask your fiancé whether it is ensured. A lot of things can happen, and a loss of the stone or ring, while still emotionally trying, will be less devastating if you know you are covered for a replacement.
- Check it out — Most people don’t give their wedding band or engagement ring a second thought on a daily basis. But it’s always a good idea to give it a thorough visual inspection on a monthly basis. Over time, bands can wear down and prongs can weaken, increasing the risk of stone loss. Keep an eye on your setting, and let your jeweler give it a professional inspection about once a year.
- Protect it from loss — When you’re doing things like gardening, swimming, or using chemicals, it may be better to put your engagement ring somewhere safe. But near a sink, or in a common area of your home where it could be misplaced or fall down a drain is not the best place. Keep your original box, or obtain a special box to keep it in when you do take it off, so you always know where it is. And be very careful about taking it off in a public place, where it’s at risk for being left behind.
- Go fake — When traveling, you might consider wearing an inexpensive fake, leaving your real ring hidden in a safe place at home. After all, the only thing worse than losing your engagement ring is knowing it’s lost 1,000 miles away.
When it comes to your engagement ring, a little bit of forethought and maintenance goes a long way to keeping your most prized possession safe and beautiful. With proper care, your ring can keep its sparkle and last a lifetime.