After sharing my wedding video last week, it got me feeling all the feels. I am so happy to have married my best friend and can't believe it's been almost five months! TBH, it really doesn't feel like anything's changed… But I do love rocking my wedding and engagement rings!
I always get stopped and asked how I keep them so sparkly so I wanted to share some of my tops tips for taking care of your engagement ring.
So for all the newly engaged or already married ladies in the house, take notes!
Get your ring insured.
This is rule number one! You should be able to wear and enjoy your ring without worrying! Jewelers Mutual has been exclusively insuring jewelry for more than 100 years and offers repair or replacement coverage for all types of jewelry and watches. Coverage includes loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss), and goes with you wherever you travel around the world. Hello, worry-free honeymoon!
Clean with “the green Palmolive & a baby toothbrush”.
Haha so true story: we got my engagement ring from a friend whose family has had a very successful diamond business for generations. I asked him how to keep my ring as sparkly as the day I got it, and he said, “use the green Palmolive and a baby toothbrush”. No joke, I've been doing this for almost three years and my ring still sparkles like the day I got it! Sometimes I go through phases where I do it every week, sometimes once a month, but I always try to stay on top of it. The baby tooth brush makes it easier to get under the basket and into all the little nooks of my ring and the dish soap… well honestly I think any dish detergent will work just fine, but I stick with the green Palmolive!
Get a lint free cloth!
Now that you've got your ring nice and clean, you want to keep it clean! I would recommend snagging some lint free towels to either let your ring air dry on or quickly dry with. The last thing you need to do is clean your ring and then rub it with a paper towel that could leave some fibers behind on it, taking away from it's sparkle, or scratching the precious metal setting you have it in.
Don't wear your rings when engaging with harmful chemicals.
Ok I know that sounds a little weird, haha! Basically, don't wear your ring in the pool or hot tub or while hair spraying or lotioning up. You don't want your ring to get coated unnecessarily in gook or goo that can be harder to get off as it seeps deep in to the setting or damages the setting.
Get into good habits.
From the start of getting your ring, make sure you don't cook or clean the dishes while wearing it, if it helps get a little ring dish to keep in the kitchen as a visual reminder to take it off (and so you don't accidentally drop it down the drain!).
Don't wear your ring to the gym or beach or any where else you could risk losing it or damaging it. I know a lot of girls wear their ring to the gym, but if you are weight lifting or tightly gripping anything with your hands for extended periods of time, I simply wouldn't risk it. I've heard horror stories about girls using only 2-3 pound weights for extended periods of time that resulted in the claws holding the diamond to loosen over time.
For more tips on keeping your ring in tip top shape all year, download Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company Cleaning and Care Guide for daily, monthly, and annual to-do's to keep your ring in the best shape! by clicking here.