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Slumber Party Bling Alert! How to Keep Your Diamonds Safe & Shiny

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Whether you're newly engaged or have special jewelry you want to keep in tip top shape, the experts at Blue Nile jewelry have shared their best solutions to keep your carats safe.
We are all about keeping your jewelry safe, especially while you travel - which is why all of our anti-aging satin pillowcases have a secret pocket for lavender, jewelry or love notes. And our NEW! Royal Teal (as seen above) has us in the mood to talk about diamonds. After all, the holidays are just around the corner.
Enough about the bling we're drooling over, let's talk about how to keep it safe! Tips from Blue Nile below...
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Three Ways to Keep Your Carat Safe
 
Whether it’s a self-made purchase or a gift you received, your diamond jewelry is a precious keepsake that should always be protected, both financially and maintenance-wise. Below you will find some tips on how to go about doing just that!
 
Insure It
You just dropped a good amount of dough on a new sparkly accessory. While you may still be beaming with excitement, you should stop and consider insuring your jewels to protect them from any harm. Of course, thinking of the worst case scenario seems a bit negative, but the truth is anything can happen and the best thing you can do is be prepared for when and if it does. Consider purchasing insurance for your precious gems to protect yourself and your jewelry from anything that might happen. This especially goes for the recently engaged who have just purchased the perfect engagement ring for their significant other. While browsing for rings, whether you are online or in store, make sure to inquire on jewelry insurance.
 
Sizing is Important
Making sure to purchase the correct ring size is vital. It is important to keep in mind however that temperature, time of day, medications, pregnancy, activity level, and what you’ve had to eat or drink can all affect your finger size. A little fun fact, your finger size is the most stable after lunch and before dinner, something to keep in mind if you plan to go ring shopping between that time of day! As far as temperatures go, cold temperatures have been known to cause your fingers to shrink while warmer temperatures can make your fingers to swell. Knowing this, you should be sure to measure warm fingers at the end of the day to ensure they are at their largest, or most swollen before purchasing any ring.
 
Now, if you are experiencing a lifestyle change such as weight loss or weight gain with pregnancy, there are still options for you to keep your ring’s safe! When you lose or gain weight, you notice it everywhere, even in your fingers! Ring adjusters are a great way to protect your ring from sliding off during your weight loss journey. Another option to consider is visiting your jeweler to resize your ring once you have hit your goal weight. As far as pregnancy goes, it is no secret that women can experience swelling-this is normal and to be expected. In fact, most women tend to remove their rings throughout their pregnancy. In order to keep your ring safe and your finger comfortable, removing your ring, storing it in a safe and secure spot and then replacing it with an alternative band is always an option.
 
As for those of you trying to surprise your significant other with a sparkly new engagement ring, there are ways you can find her perfect ring size by still keeping her in the dark. It is important to know that women’s ring sizes generally scale from 3 to 9, with size 6 reigning most popular. Try to gauge your partner’s finger shape. If they’re more slender than average, size down and vice versa. Another tip is to take one of her existing rings from her jewelry box and base your purchase on that size to get the most accurate measurement.
Upkeep
Maintaining the sparkle on your diamond is very important. After all, there is nothing more mesmerizing than watching your bling sparkle in the light after it's been freshly polished and cleaned. Your diamond jewelry can be dirtied by your everyday cosmetics- for instance, hair product, lotion, makeup, and even perfume. To keep your ring looking its very best, attempt to clean it once a week.  At least twice a year, it's good to take it to be cleaned at your jeweler, especially if you lead a more active lifestyle. If you're active outdoors or in the kitchen, it's best to get it cleaned at the jewelers using professional-grade products that will restore the sparkle of the stone safely. If you don’t need your ring professionally cleaned as often,ensure your ring gets cleaned properly by using a solution of warm water and dish soap. Soak your ring for about thirty minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, rinse under warm running water and repeat if necessary.
 
There you have it. By keeping these three simple tips in mind, your diamonds will be sure to stand the test of time! SHOP our full collection of Savvy Sleepers satin pillowcases below.

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