You've been dreaming of that ring for years, now that you finally have it make sure that you keep it as sparkly and shiny as the day you first got it by following these easy tips...

Ensure your ring as soon as possible

Sounds simple, but so many brides and brides-to-be don't. Protect your financial investment because you never know what will happen. The number of stories we've heard about brides losing or having their rings stolen are really heartbreaking; make sure you're not one of them!

Clean your ring regularly

Elizabeth Taylor famously cleaned her jewels with hot water, a toothbrush and gin. If you want to do a similar DIY job, we recommend swapping the gin for a mild dishwashing liquid. Firstly, soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing liquid then scrub it with a toothbrush.

Of course, to make sure your ring truly sparkle, the best option is to take it to a professional jewelry cleaner, especially if your ring is 14k white gold so your jeweler can have it rhodium plated.

Don't wear your ring to the gym

Unless you're planning to just go for a walk or jog, pop your ring away when exercising. Wearing your ring while doing weights or boxing can put pressure on the metal and risk bending the ring. Equally, if you wear your ring while playing a sport or swimming, you run the risk of losing it.

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Or when cleaning

Dealing with bleach or other harsh cleaning agents? Take your ring off! Many cleaning products can dull your ring or erode the metal setting. Especially if it is a gemstone instead of a diamond - emeralds and bleach are not friends!

Keep it on when in public

Many women take off their rings when they go to wash their hands, but if you are in a public loo the danger is that you will forget them - or even worse - drop them in the sink. Is it worth the risk? No… didn't think so.

Schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweller

Your jeweller will be able to spot when a diamond is coming loose or there's a hairline crack long before you will. By booking regular maintenance appointments you'll be able to ensure your ring is in optimal condition.

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