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Along with romantic proposals and handwritten vows, few things get our hearts pounding like heirloom engagement rings. Passing down rings (or even just the jewels from them) is especially prevalent in the South, where we cherish heirlooms in all forms, but when there isn’t already a diamond in the family, many engaged gals dream of starting the tradition themselves. We love this idea so much that, with the help of our friends at Jewelers Mutual, we’ve rounded up a few tips for taking the best possible care of your engagement ring, in the hopes that your future daughters and granddaughters can love it as much as you do!Advertisement

Audrey + Ryan | Leslie Hollingsworth

Get your ring insured. This is one of the first things we suggest doing after getting engaged, because if your ring is lost or stolen and you can’t replace it, there won’t be anything to pass down in the first place. A recent survey by Jewelers Mutual found that while 60 percent of people dream of passing down their rings, only 40 percent have their rings insured. As y’all can clearly see, those number don’t add up! Jewelers Mutual was founded by jewelers and remains very involved in the jewelry industry, and with their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sentiment and importance your ring has to you, they’re a wonderful resource for keeping your ring protected.

Alyson + Brian | Leigh Webber

Visit your jeweler regularly. Since you most likely wear your ring every day, it’s susceptible to quite a bit of wear and tear. At least once (preferably twice) a year, bring your ring in to your jeweler to have it professionally cleaned and inspected. That way, if any of the prongs loosen or become insecure, they can be repaired well before you risk losing any diamonds.

Morgan + Jason | Lang Thomas

Be careful where you wear your ring. Diamonds may be extremely durable, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. Take your ring off to do any kind of hard manual labor and store it in a safe place. We recommend buying a pretty little box or dish to keep your ring in every time you take it off–Paloma’s Nest is one of our favorite sources!

Lori + Ryan | Mark Eric

Keep it clean. Lotions, soaps, and even the oils in your hand can make gemstones look cloudy, so along with professional cleanings, give your ring some TLC every once in awhile. The best at-home cleaning method varies depending on the stone and metal of your ring, so ask your jeweler to make a recommendation.

We’d love to know, do you wear an heirloom ring? Or do you plan on passing yours down?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Anna reply

    I have an heirloom ring and it’s one of the most special things to me! The diamond was my great grandmother’s whom I never met but was named after and born on her birthday.

    I received her engagement ring for my 21st birthday and wore it as a cocktail ring for a while until I started dating my now fiance and gave it back to my parents for safekeeping when I knew he was the one. We looked at different rings together since I knew that I wanted it reset in white gold. I found the most gorgeous vintage looking setting that he had it the diamond placed in.

    Not only are these heirloom gems special because of where they came from but I personally think they are 10 times as gorgeous since they were hand cut at the time of their production. My ring sparkles unlike any of my friend’s rings and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It will definitely continue to be passed down!

  2. avatar Robyn McNally reply

    I love wearing my heirloom engagement ring and I can’t wait to wear the matching band on May 24th!!! My ring was my grandmothers from 1950!!!

  3. avatar Molly reply

    Proud owner of an heirloom sapphire engagement ring from the 1920s. I wouldn’t’ trade it for a million bucks!

  4. avatar Danielle reply

    Thank you so much for this article! I got engaged back in December and my ring is my maternal grandmother’s ring, which makes me nervous to wear it, but it’s too beautiful not to!

    I definitely plan on passing my ring down to either a daughter or granddaughter, thank goodness I have a lot of time to enjoy my ring until then :)

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Last week we talked about wedding insurance, and today, it’s all about insuring your most precious sparkly – your engagement ring!

I don’t know about y’all, but when I received my engagement ring, the FIRST thing I thought of was protecting that baby. Seriously, it was! (Okay, only if you don’t count my happiness at getting engaged to the love of my life – but that’s an obvious exception!) I was just given the most expensive thing I’d ever owned, and I was expected to wear it every day?? Out in public? Where hard objects could hurt it, or I could lose it? Stressful stuff, I tell you.

So of course, I did my research on insuring it. My friends’ and family’s first suggestion was to add a rider to our renter’s insurance, but I found the process frustrating, and I was never clear on what, exactly, the insurance would cover.

That’s why I love today’s sponsor, Perfect Circle. Their motto summarizes their best qualities, I think: “We cover real life.” For example, they understand that if you have a jewelry loss, you can’t always pinpoint how or where your jewelry went missing, so they cover “mysterious disappearance.” So true!

They also recognize that you live in your jewelry, and that gemstones will fall out or prongs will get bent. They cover that, too.

Another great distinction of Perfect Circle is that they replace with “same kind and quality,” and their goal is to make repaired or replaced jewelry virtually indistinguishable from the original. This is especially important when you have name-brand jewelry, such as Tiffany, Cartier, or Harry Winston. They also allow you to use the jeweler of your choice for the repair or replacement, and do not require multiple estimates, both of which are wonderful!

There are MANY more great advantages for choosing Perfect Circle, so if you’re still searching for the perfect insurer, I’d encourage you to check them out! You might want to start here, with their insurance coverage explanation, or here, where you can hear, in their own words, what sets Perfect Circle apart from other companies. Happy shopping!

Beautiful engagement photos by Julie Brewer. See more in her Facebook Friday feature here!

emily Written with love by Emily

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