Winter, while not as popular as spring and summer, brings with it a lot of seasonal joy. It's a time when many people get to snuggle up with their partners, spend time with family and friends over the holidays, and generally slow down in preparation for the new year.
While the winter months can be a magical time filled with magical events (such as ice skating under the stars and ski trips to Aspen), those who are currently engaged or married may be unaware that their engagement ring is in jeopardy during this chilly season.
Shoveling snow is probably a part of your winter season routine if you live in a snowy area. And if you're tempted to wear your engagement ring when it's time to clean up your sidewalk, we say don't! Ice-melting products, chemicals, snowblowers, and shovels can all scratch the metal on your ring. Furthermore, even though diamonds are the hardest and most durable stones, they are still susceptible to damage if not handled properly. Another hazard? Dropping your ring in a snowdrift and having to spend hours looking for it.
Because gloves are required during the winter, you should be cautious about how you wear them. Gomes points out that it's extremely easy for a ring's prongs to become entangled inside a glove, which can loosen the center stone setting and increase the risk of your diamond falling out. Avoiding knit gloves and materials that catch on things is a great solution.
Changing from extremely hot to extremely cold temperatures
Many brides are unaware that extreme temperature changes can affect the internal chemistry of a diamond. While this is an uncommon occurrence, it can be exacerbated during the winter months. When walking from the warmth of your home to the freezing temperatures outside, try to keep your jewelry covered. Certain inclusions in a diamond, particularly precious gems that are popular center stone options these days, can be exacerbated by cold.
Participating in Outdoor Winter Activities
Outdoor activities should always be avoided when wearing an engagement ring, and this is especially true in the winter. Any strenuous activity can be hazardous to your engagement ring! That is why we always recommend that people remove their rings before workouts or housework, for example." If you plan to ski, snowboard, ice skate, or snow tube (to name a few), be sure to remove your jewelry and store it safely.
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