{Advice} Tips & Advice on How to Protect Your Engagement Ring

We have some great advice to share with you all today, provided to us by an unnamed source, but we felt it is worth sharing for sure.  Most recently engaged ladies & men jump straight from the proposal to the wedding planning, all the while showing off their ring as they head to the gown shops & meet with wedding planners.  So much is going on, that it's easy to overlook that gorgeous stone sitting on your hand, in terms of keeping it safe and secure.

Here is some advice and helpful tips on how to protect your engagement ring:

Your left hand has never been so distracting. You try to type and your eye just automatically gazes down upon that gleaming stone your amazing fiancé/fiancée  put on your finger, on one of the best days of your life, so far. Author and Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church states in "Outrageous, Contagious Joy: Five Big Questions to Help You Discover One Great Life," that the purpose of wearing a wedding ring is to communicate to the world that you are spoken for, committed to someone else. Pastor Young continues, "It's a powerful symbol that communicates a powerful message."

Remember the first 4 Cs of a diamond's value? Carat, color, clarity and cut. The universal grading system was established by the Gemological Institute of America back in the 1940's and '50s and is the standard for comparing quality. Your husband or fiancé learned all about that when he carefully selected your engagement ring. Now it's up to you, if you haven't done so already, to act on the 5th C — CARE. How to care for your diamond ring:

Insure It

While some of you have already taken this small step to ensure your ring is protected, do it now if you have not. Have your certified jeweler appraise your valuable ring so you know how much to insure your ring for. You can add personal property insurance as a piggyback to your homeowner's insurance or take out a completely separate policy; read the fine print as some might not cover random loss or reimburse repair costs.

Let It Shine

Don't you just despise it when your ring's luster is lacking? It gets cloudy from lotions, dirt, oils from your skin and air pollutants. There are a few ways to face the dirt head-on:
  • Ask a trusted jeweler to clean your wedding ring.
  • Scrub it with a soft toothbrush after you soak it in a mild detergent, warm soapy water bath and let air dry or pat with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Quick dip your ring/s in a high quality jewelry cleaner made for your particular stone and metal type.
  • An ultrasonic cleaner can do wonders to a dingy diamond.

Cover It

There is an interesting product on the market made of stretch silicone that covers your ring while it sits on your finger, eliminating the risk of losing your ring when doing labor intensive things like working out, gardening and swimming. Anytime you take your ring off, there is a risk of loss. Your cat may decide to play with it while sitting in its dish or it may accidentally get pushed down the drain. So instead of taking your prize possession off to bake, cook or even wash your hands, you can cover it with this CareRing and have no worries.

Inspect It

  • Does it still fit? Our fingers grow and shrink over time, so make sure your ring is still fitting properly. You do not want it the slide off at an unexpected time.
  • Are prongs loose? On one of your cleaning trips to the jeweler, ask him/her to inspect the ring for any loose prongs or chips. If you keep it up once a year, you will avoid the risk of looking down at your ring one day to find 4 empty prongs and no diamond.

Create a Secure Place

Minimize the risk of loosing your ring by avoiding pocketing it and resting it near sinks and toilets. Create a secure place you put it every time you take it off. Be sure it's enclosed, safe and secure.

Have any wedding related advice you would like to share with us? Send an email to info@savvydeetsbridal.com and we'll review your tip/advice for consideration.  Please provide any images as well that we might consider. 

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