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Hey, newly-engaged friends! Have you moved on from that constantly-staring-at-your-ring phase? No? That’s okay, it’s a good one :) But when you do, you’re going to want to make sure you know exactly how to take care of that pretty sparkler so it stays in tip-top shape. We asked our friends at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, a company that specializes in protecting jewelry, for a few of their best tips, and here’s what they had to say…

Do regularly clean your ring at home. Jewelers Mutual recommends gently scrubbing your ring with a soft, baby-size toothbrush in a bowl of Dawn dish detergent and warm water. Dry it with a paper towel or regular cloth, being careful not to snag the prongs. Steer clear of open drains and floor vents – eek!

Do visit your jeweler twice a year for a professional cleaning and inspection. I only do this once a year, but I always do it in the month of my wedding anniversary so it’s easy to remember! My jeweler will do a cleaning and inspection for free for past clients — perhaps yours will, too!

Don’t wear your ring while doing certain activities. Jewelers Mutual recommends removing your ring before swimming, exercising, applying sunscreen and bug spray, gardening, and cooking with your hands. Which I’m sure is exactly what responsible people do. But can I tell you a secret? I leave my ring on for all of those things, mostly because I’m more afraid I’ll lose it by constantly taking it off than I am it will get damaged! If you’re going to go my route, be extra good about getting your ring cleaned and inspected regularly. And if you’re going to go the recommended route, choose one safe spot where you always keep your ring when it’s not on, like a pretty box or bowl.

Don’t pack your jewelry in a checked bag. Always wear it on your person or pack it in a carry-on, and handle your carry-on yourself. I’ve heard way too many sad tales of lost bags and airport mishaps to do otherwise!

Do turn your ring around if you’re traveling in a dangerous area. It’s a simple step to minimize exposure.

Do insure your ring. When I think about how much my ring means to me and how devastated I would be if I lost and couldn’t replace it, insuring it is a no-brainer. The cost is typically 1-2% of the value of your ring, and with Jewelers Mutual, you can choose your own deductible. They also cover replacement due to loss, theft, damage, mysterious disappearances (which, let’s be honest, most ring disappearances would probably be filed under “mysterious”), floods, and earthquakes. Many typical homeowners’ insurance policies only cover replacement due to theft.

For your own handy guide to all things cleaning and care for your engagement ring, download this guide from Jewelers Mutual today. While you’re there, get a quick quote to see how easy it is to protect your new sparkler. And now tell me (and be honest!): do you take your ring off or leave it on for things like swimming, exercising, and baking?

This post is sponsored by Jewelers Mutual, a company we’ve worked with for years. Thanks for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Ashley Seda reply

    So glad I found this blog! I had been having trouble working with my current insurance company to add-on my ring. So excited to try out Jewelers Mutual.

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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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