Hello! It’s the time of week where I answer the wedding and styling questions you submitted on social media using the tag #AskDes.
This week, you had questions about your engagement and wedding rings! And I understand why–your engagement ring begins your chapter as a fiancee and your wedding band symbolizes your new life and stays with you long after the wedding day ends. Chris proposed to me with a Neil Diamond cushion-cut ring that featured an intertwined rose gold and platinum band. No matter what I’m doing, whether I’m grocery shopping or even working out at the gym, all I have to do is look at my ring and it makes me smile. It takes me back to my journey on the Bachelor and reminds me of that beautiful day in Antigua where I was finally able to tell Chris that he always had been and would always be the one for me. Ah! I get emotional just thinking about it.
Now for your questions!
@stelleebee asks: How do I care for my engagement ring?
You want to keep your ring sparkly! You can have it professionally cleaned at most major jewelers and, most likely, at the place it was purchased from (in fact, some jewelers will clean your ring for free if it was purchased from their store). However, you can also do at-home maintenance! Simply soak your ring in warm water and mild dish-washing soap. Using a soft baby or child’s toothbrush, gently scrub your ring and pat it dry with a towel. Cleaning your ring is important because it removes buildup and keeps it bright and shiny!
@corgus429 asks: Should I purchase insurance for my rings?
I get it. No one wants to think about loosing their engagement ring but it’s best to make sure you are covered. Your rings are an investment so insurance is always a good idea. Talk to your jeweler about insurance options. In order to keep your insurance up to date, make sure to have your ring appraised by a jeweler every five years because metals and diamonds go up in price over time. This way, you can make sure the insured amount adjusts to the value of your ring.
@princesseleia20 asks: Do I need to remove my rings when doing hands-on activities?
As a general rule, it’s smart to remove your ring when gardening, washing dishes, working out, and any activities that might catch your diamond or knock any of your stones loose. However, I know some brides who always wear their rings and see the aging process–dings and marks–as part of the ring’s history and a reflection of their life with their love!