Today we’re going to show you how to properly care for your engagement ring. It’s going to be one of your most treasured possessions, full of sentimental value, so it’s definitely something you want to look after well! If, like me, you realised you haven’t cleaned your ring in years, here’s your gentle reminder. This beautiful rock on your finger cost somebody a pretty penny. It holds many memories and stories and it should be protected at all costs. So, here we go, our tips on how to properly care for your engagement ring.
Keep your ring clean
The best way to care for your engagement ring is to keep it clean. Elizabeth Taylor famously cleaned her 33.19-carat diamond ring with hot water, a toothbrush and gin. If you’re going to clean your ring at home, experts recommend that you soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing liquid for 20 to 40 minutes. Then gently clean around the diamond and ring with a soft-bristled toothbrush (a kids toothbrush will do, just make sure you don’t use it for anything other than cleaning jewellery). Rinse your ring under running water and then gently dry with a cotton or linen cloth. If you’ve got a polishing cloth, run it over your ring to make it shine. Whatever you do, avoid using any chemicals while cleaning your ring.
We recommend getting your engagement ring professionally cleaned right before your Big Day so that it sparkles. Be sure to avoid touching it when you’ve got it back and only pop it on again on the morning of your wedding.
Know when to take your engagement ring off and when to leave it on
We’ll say this first because it’s the most important. Do not take your engagement ring off in public. As tempting as it might be to remove your ring when washing your hands in a public bathroom, just don’t do it. You might leave it behind or accidentally drop it down the drain. In this instance, the wisest way to care for your engagement ring is to keep it on!
However, there are times you should take your ring off and leave it behind. For example, a day at the beach, when you do rigorous exercise and anytime you clean using chemicals. Some people choose to take their ring off when they sleep, and experts say this is a personal decision based on comfort and preference.
If you do take your ring off a lot at home, consider having a ring dish on your bedside table, next to your bathroom sink and one in the kitchen too.
Engagement ring insurance
Your engagement ring is an investment and we highly recommend you get it insured. If anything were to happen to your ring, you’d be able to get it fixed, restored or replaced. This peace of mind is worth every penny!