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The MBA Bride | July 24, 2014

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Protect the Bling: 3 Key Ways to Not Lose Your Engagement Ring

Some say its the most wonderful time of the year. It’s difficult to dispute. One thing that seems to be apparent is that many individuals get engaged around this time of year. What could be more romantic that a family-centric holiday proposal?

Some brides-to-be have their wishes come true in other ways. Sarah Anderson, for example, had her prayers answered after she lost her engagement ring. The Chillocothe Gazette features her story in an article from Saturday, December 17. Sarah took her ring off after pumping gas at a gas station to sanitize her hands and forgot to put it back on. Some media exposure led the acquirer of the ring (a man who found it on the pavement at the gas station) to return it to Sarah. 
But we can’t help but ask ourselves, business-savvy brides, why was the ring off in the first place? Sarah recognized her flaw when she said, “How could I have done something that dumb?” Dumb it was, Sarah.

Unfortunately, this is a storyline that many brides have to experience in order to know. But for those of us who would prefer to not feel the panic attack of misplacing a very expensive ring and future family heirloom, follow these 3 steps:

  1. If the ring is too big, get it re-sized immediately. Hopefully the hubster did some research and found out your ring size. However, if he/she didn’t, nothing could be worse than the ring simply slipping off your finger. Before you start showing off the bling, make sure it doesn’t slide down or off your finger.
  2. Don’t take your ring off in public. I was at work and saw a woman frantically run from one side of the building to the other. I later found out that she had taken off her engagement ring in the bathroom to wash her hands. Sounds familiar to the Sarah Anderson story, doesn’t it? Fact of the matter is diamond engagement rings are made to withstand soap and water, among other things. There is no reason for the ring to come off in public. So don’t do it.
  3. If you do take your ring off in private, put it in a ring box or dish. Sarah’s got the right idea now when she says, “I’m not taking it off for any reason. Maybe to shower, and that’s it.” But there’s still a flaw with her logic. Let’s say she takes the ring off and it slides its way down the drain; now she’d have an entirely different problem. When you do take the ring off at home, keep it stored safely in a ring box. I have two ring boxes – one that I use to put my ring in when I shower and one in the kitchen, far from the drain. When I wash dishes or take a shower, my ring goes straight into one of the boxes so there is no opportunity for me to forget where I put it. You can buy some adorable trinket boxes from Amazon, Etsy, or even at a local flea market. Ring dishes are an alternative to a ring box, and you can find some very cute ones on Etsy as well as some local stores like Urban Outfitters.

Avoid the panic attack of losing your ring by being very conscious of where and when you take your ring off. Also, when you do take your ring off, place it where it can’t be magically gobbled up by drains or other mysterious holes in your home.

Do you think Sarah was dumb? Is it normal for a bride-to-be to lose her ring at least once? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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