Emerald cut halo diamond engagement ring
Photo: Shelby Deeter

Now that you've got that shining new rock (or a pretty new gemstone-free ring) upon your finger, you'll never want to dull its sparkle. Here's what you need to know to keep your engagement ring in the best condition possible for years to come.

Clean it as needed.

Over time, it's easy for your ring to collect dirt so it's best to visit a professional jeweler on a regular basis. If your ring has gathered minimal gunk, you can soak it in a warm water and dishwashing soap solution at home for 20 minutes, clean it gently with a soft toothbrush and then rinse.  

Schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweler.

Just like cleaning your engagement ring, you should make appointments occasionally with your jeweler. At least one visit a year can ensure the gemstone isn't loose and address any cracks in the band.

Purchase ring insurance.

Like any expensive investment, it's recommended to insure your ring in the case of certain types of damage or loss. Research different policies beforehand to determine what type will suit your needs best.

Protect it from activities and chemicals that could cause damage.

As pretty as it is, wearing your ring 24/7 can wear it down. Whether you're cleaning the dishes, scrubbing the floors or going to the gym, it's best to remove it to avoid damage in these situations. While cleaning it, avoid household cleaning substances like acetone, bleach and chlorine as they can damage the metals and gemstones.

Find a safe place to store it.

When you need to take off your engagement ring, a table ledge or close to the sink probably isn't the best place to leave it. Put it away in a ring box in a memorable location that's out of the way from the kitchen and other busy areas of your home. While on vacation, be sure to store it in the safe of your hotel room.

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