Getting engaged is a truly lovely thing; there's no doubt about that. But when my now-husband asked me that very significant question six years ago and I overcame the initial shock as he proceeded to place a vintage diamond ring on my finger, I had a sudden pang of dread. I'm clumsy by nature, and in a flash, I was given the most precious object I'll likely ever own. To wear all day, every day, and not break. Or throw out with the recycling. Or somehow set on fire. It was—and still is—a lot of pressure for the person who, at last count, has misplaced her bank card on seven separate occasions, to take on. I realised I had no idea how to care for an engagement ring—which, unless you happen to be in the business of diamonds, is common for most who find themselves recently engaged.
Which is why I decided to speak to someone who knows what she's talking about when it comes to fine ring upkeep: Irish jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman. Having founded her namesake brand Chupi in 2013, she has since gone on to win countless industry awards for her nature-inspired creations and has made many a dream come true with her beautiful settings and unique stone selection.
Throughout her career, she's made thousands of engagement rings, so it's little wonder that she's discovered some pretty excellent tips and tricks for keeping them looking their best. So make like Shirley Bassey and ensure your diamonds really do last forever with Chupi's expert guide on how to care for an engagement ring.
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