While nothing can replace the sentimental value of your engagement ring, if youhave it properly appraised and insured for its full replacement value, you'll atleast be covered if it's ever lost, stolen or damaged.
"We recommend cleanings and inspections at least twice per year," says TylerKrowiorz, consumer marketing manager at Jewelers Mutual InsuranceCompany.
Think of it this way: Your ring needs this yearly visit like you need your annualphysical or your car needs a tune-up.
Working out at the gym, washing dishes, laundry and other household tasks willput stress on your ring, from stretching the band to loosening the delicatesettings.
"Be careful what you lift while wearing your ring," says Nicole Mann Novick, thejewelry designer behind Garland Collection.
Let your ring soak in the solution for a few minutes, then gently scrub with anew, soft baby toothbrush.
While this is the best home cleaning solution, it's still a good idea to have yourring professionally cleaned regularly.
Remember: Never clean your jewelry over a sink or other open drain! Do: StoreIt Properly Find a safe place to store your ring when you're not wearing it.
"I keep an old-school ring holder in the kitchen to hold mine while I'm mixingthe dough for my favorite banana bread or cleaning the bowls afterward," MannNovick says.
Don't run out to have the ring sized right after the baby is born.
Chances are, your ring will fit again by then without a jeweler's help, and theless tinkering done on a fragile ring, the better-otherwise you may risk havingto remake the entire band and setting.