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:
Let It Shine
- 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.
- 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
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