If you’re newly-engaged, you probably want to flaunt your engagement ring whenever possible, and we’re definitely on board with that (we love seeing your #JustSaidYes moments!). But in order to keep your bling safe and looking its best, there are a handful of occasions when to take off your engagement ring. Along with being a meaningful token from your fiancé(e), your engagement ring is one of the most valuable items you'll ever own, and it's important to make sure that it lasts for years to come. Diamonds are forever – as long as you treat them with the proper care!
Here's exactly when to take off your engagement ring for safe keeping.
Working out or playing sports
Workout equipment, fast-paced movements and sweat will all increase the likelihood of damaging your ring — it could get caught on loose clothing, hit a hard surface, or even hurt someone else if you're playing a team sport. If your ring accidentally falls off while you're outdoors (running, rock climbing, etc.), you might not even realize it's missing until it's too late.
Being in the water, especially if it’s cold, causes your fingers to temporarily shrink. Even if your ring is normally a snug fit, it could easily slip off in cold water and get lost. Pool chemicals, such as chlorine, can harm your ring, and when you throw sunscreen or a sandy beach into the mix, things get really messy (not to mention that crashing waves make it nearly impossible to ever find your ring again if it falls off in the ocean). This is one of the most important times when to take off your engagement ring — trust us, it's not worth the risk.
You can probably imagine the scenario here: you’re washing dishes when suddenly your ring slips off and falls down the drain. Yikes! If you don’t want to remove your ring every time you wash dishes, invest in a pair of rubber gloves. They'll keep your ring safe and will also help your hands stay soft and moisturized.
Showering or taking a bath
Showering with your ring on exposes it to soapy suds, conditioners, and gritty scrubs. These products can scratch or stick to your ring, leaving residue that will make it look lackluster.
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