The frantic search for a lost wedding ring, the sinking feeling in your stomach, and the inevitable guilt are all extremely upsetting. Take a deep breath before going into full panic mode. Whatever the outcome of the situation, remember that it is your marriage that is important, not the jewelry that represents your relationship.
Keep that in mind as you go through these steps, and hopefully you'll find your ring along the way.
Concentrate on locating the missing ring
Take a deep breath and concentrate on locating the misplaced wedding or engagement ring. Determining when and where the wedding ring went missing will help you start your search and increase your chances of finding it.
Go Back in Time
Consider the last time you wore the ring (or at least the last place you remember seeing it). Retrace your steps from there, and bring along some of your most devoted companions for an extra set of eyes.
Bring in the Pros
If the ring fell down the drain, contact a plumber right away. If the ring fell into the sand during your honeymoon, hotel staff or locals with a metal detector may be able to assist.
Submit an Insurance Claim
If you have insurance on your ring (hopefully), file an insurance claim right away, even if you're still looking for it. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible that the ring has been lost. This should be done within 24 hours of misplacing the ring. If you do discover it, you can cancel the claim and notify your insurance company. Better to be safe than sorry.
Consult with Your Jeweler
Call the jeweler where you purchased the ring as soon as possible. It's possible they have another one in the same style, or they can make you a similar ring. And, given your circumstances and the fact that you're a repeat customer, they may give you a discount.
Purchase a Temporary Ring
If it's a lost engagement ring, the situation is even more pressing—but don't worry. In the short term, you can borrow a ring from a close friend or family member or purchase a fake diamond ring. Your guests will be too preoccupied with having a good time to notice that your ring is not a genuine diamond.
Should I replace my lost wedding ring?
If you've officially given up looking for your lost wedding ring, it's time to think about replacement options. You can have a jeweler recreate the original ring or take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade.
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