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Nothing puts the kibosh on newlywed bliss quite like a lost wedding ring. In addition to acting as a physical symbol of your union with your hubby, a wedding ring is also a piece of craftsmanship that exemplifies your personal style. So what is a bride to do when her wedding ring pulls a vanishing act? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to handle a lost wedding ring.
First thing is first: Don't freak out. Instead, focus your attention on finding the misplaced ring. Determining approximately when and where the wedding ring disappeared will give you a place to begin your search, and will increase the odds of unearthing it. Next, enlist experts to aid in your search. If the ring took a tumble down your drain, immediately call your plumber; if the ring accidentally fell into the sand during your honeymoon, the hotel staff or locals with a metal detector on hand may be able to help. Make sure to alert anyone who might contribute assistance of your plight, including your hubby. A team of devoted helping hands will be likelier to find the ring than you alone.
If the ring is truly lost, you must take steps to file an insurance claim for the item and secure a replacement. If the ring was properly insured, you will be given the opportunity to simply return to your jeweler and obtain a duplicate ring, or one of comparable value. Should you misplace your ring before the ceremony, consider securing a temporary replacement from your jeweler or a loved one who can lend their own band as your "something borrowed" for your vows. No matter what the outcome of the situation, remember that it is your marriage that truly counts, not the jewelry you purchased to symbolize your relationship.