Taking Care of Your Rock

Whether brand new or well worn your ring is worth protecting! Here are my ring care tips and tricks!

1) Cleaning

Just after getting engaged a friend of mine turned me on to this cleaning hack and now I'm obsessed.

You will need some dish soap, window cleaner and a glass jar (preferably one that re-seals).

Use 1 cup of window cleaner

and a few drops of dish soap. Stir and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Be very careful when removing the liquid is super hot.

Add your jewelry. I have only tried this with real jewelry and I don't know what would happen if used with anything costume.

Let soak for ten minutes to one hour. Remove and scrub gently with an old toothbrush. Rise in warm water. (Be sure not to drop it down the drain!)

Viola! A beautifully clean sparkle! You can save the jar for next time and just microwave then soak!

2) Consider Insurance

There are two ways to go about insuring your ring.

If you have renters or homeowners insurance you can add your ring to your policy. This is pretty easy but you will want to ask a few questions. See if your coverage only applies to damage (fire, flood etc.) and theft. Ask about loss and accidental damage to your ring. Ask if you need to get your ring appraised and if how you will prove that it was stolen or damaged.

The other option is to go with a company that specializes in jewelry. This may cost more than adding the ring to your home insurance policy, but it also covers more. Ask what circumstances are not covered. For example, does the policy extend to other countries? Does it cover damage, loss and theft? How will you receive your payment?

Always read the fine print and ask as many questions as you can think of. Talk about ring insurance with your partner and decide what the best option is for you. Your best bet is to keep your ring safe with the following tips

3) Ring Safety

Ok, I'll admit that this is an area where I need to take my own advice. The other day I baked bread with my ring on and had to spend some time removing bread dough from its crevices. That being said, here are some of my tips:

- Get a Travel Ring

When Drew proposed my engagement ring wasn't ready. We we're traveling to Paris and I told him that I wanted to get engaged there, ring or no ring. Basically, I told my husband to ask me to marry him. Drew bought me a lovely "placement" ring that he proposed with and now I use it as my travel ring!

I love my travel ring! I can wear it when we go on adventures and I still feel special. Sure, I could go ringless, but I have gotten so used to wearing a ring that it is nice to know there is something there.

- Buy a Ring Dish

Or two, or five... Place a ring dish around your house wherever you would take off your ring. As a precaution I keep mine away from drains. Make a practice of placing your ring on a dish whenever you take it off. When you realize you don't have your ring on, your ring dish will be the first place to look!

- Check Her Out

Give you ring an inspection every once in a while. Check and make sure the prongs are strong and that the stone is secure. If you have micro diamonds make sure they are all accounted for. You can even go to your jeweler for a "prong check" if you are worried about loosing your stone.

- To Wear or Not To Wear?

Ok here is where I really need to take my own advice. Sometimes it is better to leave the ring home and know that she is safe and sound. Activities like gardening, exercise, beach days, and cooking can damage your precious stone. So better safe than sorry if you think there is any risk.

The best advice I can give is this: treasure your ring. It is not only a lovely piece of jewelry, it is a promise. It is a symbol of the love between you and your partner. What could be more beautiful than that?