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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Shine On: Tips Taking Care of Engagement Rings

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Did you know that Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor a 33.19-carat diamond? 33.19 carats, and she would clean it with gin and toothbrush. I have a hard time imagining Elizabeth Taylor doing any manual labor. But then again, who could you trust to care for your 33-carat diamond? Properly caring for your engagement ring ensures that it will be a shining example of your commitment to the rest of your life. So read on to learn how to keep your sparkler blinding

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Get insurance for your ring.

An engagement ring is a lasting symbol of your love. It has a tremendous sentimental value, but also monetary value. Don't allow the sentimental to overshadow the financial. Protect your investment from loss, theft, and damage. You can have the ring added as a rider to your homeowner's insurance.

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Protect the ring from dirt and oil.

Sunscreen, shampoo, makeup, lotions residues can dull the diamond's surface, get stuck in the prongs, and make it look gunky, so take off the ring before slathering on the body butter.

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Clean your ring.

A weekly soak it in warm water with mild detergent and gently clean it with a soft-bristled toothbrush to get into all those nooks and crannies. (If you want it to shine, a little toothpaste or vodka on the toothbrush will ensure that your ring will blind anyone who dares to get within 5 feet of it)

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Get a professional cleaning at a jeweler.

Twice a year's visit a jeweler to check to make sure the diamond is secure. A loose setting can lead to losing the gem. Consider scheduling ring checkups for the same time you schedule dental checkups; then, you will never forget an appointment.

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Take your ring off.

Did you know that your can fingers shrink when soaked in water? Remove your ring before washing dishes or taking a bath, so you don't have to worry about it sliding off your finger and slipping down the drain. I

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Protect your ring when traveling.

The ocean floor is home to many lovely engagement rings. You can't call a plumber to take apart the beach to find your engagement ring. It will stay there until someone with a metal detector finds it. So make sure you don't wear it to the beach or the pool.

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Protect the metal.

Gold can scratch and tarnish over time, so polish it every so often to return it to its original luster. If there are deep scratches that won't go away with a simple polishing, then take it to a jeweler. They have buffers that make quick work of scratches. It is a speedy, inexpensive procedure.

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Protect the stone from chipping.

Diamonds are one of the hardest surfaces known to man, but that doesn't mean they are impervious to chipping and breaking. Remove your ring before doing heavy lifting or manual work. Remember that diamonds can damage other surfaces, so take it off before starting a new project.

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Travel mindfully.

If you don't want to travel without your engagement ring, lock it in the safe when you leave your room. Then you won't have to worry about it getting stolen.

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Consider buying a decoy.

If you don't want to have to worry about leaving you ring in a safe, consider buying an expensive cubic zirconia ring that resembles your engagement ring. You can take it when you travel, and if it disappears, you won't care.

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Are you planning to propose on a trip?

Are you traveling with your engagement ring? Luggage can get lost, so put the ring in your carry-on. Checking valuables is always a bad idea. You can hide the bling by putting it in a fake box or your grooming kit. You don't want the TSA to ruin the surprise if they decide to go through your bags.

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Don't wait to drop to one knee.

Walking around Santorini with a diamond ring in your bag would be nerve-wracking! And it would also put you at risk of losing it. I suggest asking on the first or second full day of the getaway. Then you can pop the champagne, relax, and enjoy your time together.

An engagement ring is a significant monetary investment, even if the diamond isn't 33.19-carats! So make sure you take steps that will keep your ring sparkling every day of your life. These are the steps you can take to keep your ring blinding.

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