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Your engagement ring: It’s sparkly, it’s beautiful, it even looks great with your negative-space mani. You’re never taking it off—which seems like a good idea until you realize that it’s probably not going to look so sparkly a few weeks from now. Thankfully, proper care is just a drop of dish soap away. Here, five tricks to keep your engagement ring looking its best (read: shiniest).

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First Things First, Get It Insured

Your ring is important to you, right? Yeah, we thought so. Make sure to take precaution and fully protect it by purchasing insurance. According to The Knot, the average cost is typically one to two dollars for every $100 that it would cost to replace. For instance, insuring a $5,000 ring would cost about $50 to $100 a year. A drop in the bucket compared to buying a whole new diamond, don’t you think?

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Then Keep It On Your Finger

So, you’re beyond obsessed with your new Forevermark round halo engagement ring. And although you swore to yourself you’d never let any shampoo or hand lotion come into contact with the precious stone, we’re here to tell you otherwise. There are circumstances where it’s completely OK to take off your beloved band, say if you’re lifting weights or bleaching your bathtub. But you shouldn’t remove your ring every time you wash your hands. You may leave it behind or, even worse, watch it disappear down the drain. Bottom line: The best place for your ring is on your finger.

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If You Need a Quick Cleaning, Reach for Dish Soap

Hair spray. Lotion. Tinted moisturizer. These everyday essentials may help you look fabulous, but they’re making your ring look quite dull. A simple homemade solution will do the trick. Simply fill a bowl with hot water and dish soap, and soak your ring for 20 to 40 minutes. (This cleaning solution is safe for all metal types, by the way.) Use a very soft toothbrush to gently remove any leftover residue. Repeat if necessary.

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Designate a Special Home

For the times when you aren’t wearing your ring (rarely, we hope), it’s best practice to store it safely in a designated spot. Ideally, put it all by itself—whether that’s in a little dish, a pouch or a jewelry box. Why? Diamonds are tough and can actually scratch other jewels. Plus, if you always put it in the same spot, you’ll limit those “Where’s my ring!” freak-out moments.

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Finally, Make Friends With Your Jeweler

And by friends, we mean acquaintances who see each other maybe twice a year. This is for routine maintenance so that your jeweler can assess the integrity of your ring—making sure the stones aren’t loose and the prongs are tight (because searching for a missing diamond is an actual nightmare). And hey, you might as well get a professional cleaning while you’re there.

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