It happened, the love of your life has gotten down on knee and asked the question you've been dying to hear and now you finally have the ring of your dreams! Ever since your one and only first put that ring on your finger you cannot imagine taking it off even for a moment. You've probably even found yourself using your left hand a little more just to see the way that gorgeous diamond catches the light. We hate to be the ones to break it to you but there will come a time when that ring will need to come off, lose some of it's shine, or even get misplaced. But don't start panicking; we rounded up the easiest ways to keep your ring picture perfect (you know, for all your #nofilter engagement selfies).
Everyday activities like showering and applying lotion can dull a diamond's shine. Maximize the glitter with an ultrasonic cleaner, like the International Gemological Institute's version ($50; International Gemological Institute), or use a soft-bristle toothbrush, warm water, and mild, non-detergent soap. Ideally, have it professionally cleaned (free at most reputable jewelers) every six months to steam out the gunk behind the mounting. It should include an inspection of the prongs to ensure nothing's loose.
Keep your rock glued to your ring finger, especially when you're away from home; that's the time when rings are most likely to be lost. If you're traveling, for your honeymoon let's say, and you're super worried about losing your ring so you might want to leave your ring at home. If you can't bear to part with your ring for that long and you must slip it off, always store it in the same designated place (we mean a jewelry box at home, not your pocket or purse), and never leave it near a sink. Since a diamond can scratch less-hard jewels like pearls, store yours in an individual soft cloth pouch.
Insuring your ring is probably the least sexy part of an engagement but it's probably one of the most necessary. As painfully gut wrenching as losing your beloved ring is, knowing you have it insured will definitely help ease the pain. You obviously have no intentions of losing your ring but unfortunately, things happen (especially during the chaos of honeymoons, wedding planning, moving, etc.). Get the ring appraised by a jeweler, then add it to your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy; fees vary, but a $10,000 ring could cost just $165 a year for insurance.
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