Engagement Ring Tips

Posted by Kim on Jan 11, 2013

Ring by Simon G.

An engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own – so it’s essential to start off on the right foot (er, finger?) and take good care of your new bling. Check out our list of engagement ring must-dos.

Get it Insured Before you start wearing your ring in public, it’s a good idea to get it appraised and insured. That way, you’ll be covered in case it gets lost or damaged. You can insure your ring through your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, or as a separate policy.

Get it Sized Even if you think your ring fits, it’s still a good idea to take it to a jeweler to get it sized. Remember, a ring may feel tighter if it’s hot outside, and a bit loose if it’s cold. And while you’re at the jeweler’s, have him/her take close look at the ring to make sure there aren’t any loose stones.

Keep it Clean All you need to keep your ring sparkly and clean is water, mild dish soap and a soft toothbrush for scrubbing. You can also buy a special ring cleaner if you’d prefer. Clean your ring every few weeks, or when it’s starting to look a little grimy.

Keep it Safe Try to keep your ring on your finger as much as you can. If you need to take it off, even just for a moment, make sure you put it in a very safe place (and we don’t mean on a thin ledge right next to the sink!).

Start Researching Bands This is the fun part. Even if you’re not planning on wearing your engagement ring and wedding band on the same finger, they should have a similar style and feel. Check out our wedding bands gallery for some ideas.

But What if I Hate It? If you’re unhappy with the style of the ring your fiance chose, it’s best to be honest about your feelings – as gently and as soon as possible. While your fiance might be a little hurt, he’ll likely understand and want you to be happy and comfortable with something you’ll wear every day. And, some jewelers allow exchanges if they’re done early enough after purchase. But if you’re not thrilled with your diamond’s size or value (meaning, it’s not big or expensive enough for your liking), it’s best to keep your mouth shut. You can always trade up in a few years, if it’s still an issue.