If your fiancé places an engagement ring on your finger, chances are you will never want to take it off. We completely understand. However, if you want your bling to last a long time, avoid wearing it while doing the following seven activities.
We explain when you should remove your engagement ring if you want to keep it in pristine condition.
It's a good idea to remove that lovely little ring before you start sweating. Diamond jewelry, platinum, and gold are all soft materials to some extent. As a result, if you rock your ring while engaging in activities that put pressure on these metals, you risk changing their shape. If the shape of a ring is bent sufficiently, you risk bending the claws that hold the diamond and having your diamond fall out. Sports are no exception. Any type of hands-on physical activity (such as soccer, basketball, or tennis) is another excellent example of when to remove wedding bands and engagement rings.
Lotions and moisturizers are great for your skin, but not so much for your ring, as excess buildup can dull your stone and diminish its brilliance over time. Wait until your hands have completely dried before reapplying your bling to protect it and prevent a cloudy layer of film from forming on it.
Did you know that cosmetics, hair sprays, and perfumes can cause a buildup of grime on your ring, weakening its natural sheen? I remove my rings as soon as I walk into my house so that I can go about my nightly routine without interruption. If grime does accumulate on your engagement ring, gently rinse it with hot water and dishwashing liquid. Then, using a cotton or linen towel, dry your jewelry before polishing it for a gleaming finish.
Never, ever, ever wear your valuable jewelry in the ocean or pool. For one thing, cold water "shrinks" your fingers, making it even easier for an already loose engagement ring to fall off during a swim. As a result, engagement rings should be prohibited in the ocean. Chlorine in the pool can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring as well as your platinum, gold, or white gold wedding band.
Not only can you easily scratch your engagement ring while cleaning the house (think bathroom counters, kitchen floors, and so on), but you can also cause serious damage to the stone and setting. Because harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia are found in many common household cleaners, you may even be able to change the color.
If you've ever asked yourself, "Can I shower with my engagement ring?" you probably already knew the answer was no—and you were correct. For two reasons, the shower can be a hazardous location for engagement rings. First, when your fingers are all lathered up and slippery with soap, a ring can easily slip off—and if the ring slips off, it's likely to fall down a drain and be lost forever. Second, oily soaps will dull your diamond's finish, while exfoliating soaps will scratch it.
Cooking and food preparation are also no-nos for wearing your rings. Germs and bacteria can easily become encrusted in the ring setting. And, just like in the shower, rinsing anything in the sink puts the ring at risk of falling off. If at all possible, remove it while cooking.
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