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How to Prep Your Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands for the Big Day

Consider this your ultimate pre-wedding jewelry care timeline.

<p>Photos by <a href="https://asiapimentel.com/">Asia Pimentel Photography</a> and <a href="https://valoriedarlingphotography.com/">Valorie Darling</a>; Design by Mehroz Kapadia</p>

Your dress is tailored, your hair and makeup trial is complete, and you’ve also lined up all the vendors, paid the deposits, and sent every invite. With all of the major to-dos checked off your list, you may be wondering what’s left to be done. While floral arrangements and seating charts may be top of mind, don’t forget about the reason this all began in the first place: your engagement ring! Prepping your wedding jewelry—your engagement ring and both wedding bands—is an important but often overlooked step in the getting-ready process; just as you were diligent about ensuring that your diamond or colorful gemstone looked its best in your engagement photos, you should extend that same level of care for your jewelry in the days before you say “I do.” “There are likely many wedding guests who will see your rings for the first time on your wedding day so they need to be on point,” shares Sharon Schatner, GIA Diamond Graduate at Filigree Jewelers. “And let’s not forget about your wedding pictures. Your rings will be highlighted in those forever photos so they need to look perfect.”

That’s why it’s so important to properly care for your special pieces ahead of the big day. To take the guesswork out of caring for your wedding jewelry—and ensuring they’re in the best possible condition on the day you say “I do”—we created a timeline that outlines exactly what you need to do and when, from the moment you get engaged

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