For many, wearing our rings is like second nature – we don’t even notice they’re on anymore. In fact, some may even go so far as to say they feel “naked” without them, they wear their rings so frequently. But is there such a thing as wearing your rings too much?
If the thought of taking your rings off for any reason – even at night or in the shower – is sacrilege to you, you just might be wearing them too much. As near and dear to you as your rings are, there truly are times when you should not be wearing them.
Let’s be honest here, we come in to contact with several materials throughout our day that have the potential to harm things in close contact to us – whether we realize it or not. What do we mean? Think cleaning products, styling and personal hygiene items, detergents, raw meats and other foods… there is no end to what our hands come into contact with.
All of these items have the potential to do damage to your rings – and your skin. By breaking down the protective coatings and trapping dirt and grime (or worse) under your rings, not taking your rings off during specific times during the day is sure to compromise your ring’s condition.
What to Avoid
While it may feel like second nature to keep your rings on, there are times when you absolutely should give your fingers a rest and take the rings off. There are the more obvious times like during household cleaning or while handling that uncooked Thanksgiving turkey, but there are other, less obvious times as well.
Since caring for your rings is more than simply inspections and routine maintenance, it’s important to know what daily things you should be doing to protect them. Here is a look at some of the most common times you should be removing your rings throughout the day:
While You’re Sleeping
You may feel that leaving your rings on at night is the best way to keep them safe, but most jewelers agree you should be taking them off before you doze off. Why? There are more chances for damaging your ring in your sleep than you may realize.
Rings can easily “catch” on clothing, pillows, blankets, or anything else they come into contact with while we toss and turn in our sleep. These items can potentially cause damage to ring settings without even realizing it.
In addition, leaving the rings in contact with our skin overnight gives us prolonged exposure to irritants that can cause break outs and rashes. Many even experience swelling overnight, which can cause rings to become tighter on fingers.
While You’re Working Out
You may not think about removing your rings when you hit the gym or go for a run, but it’s certainly a key time to take them off. Beyond the possibility of physical damage from accidentally hitting your ring on things during repetitive movement, your body can do significant damage during workouts. The high salinity levels of sweat are particularly bad for jewelry, as well as the increased oily residue that will begin to build up in the settings.
While You’re Cleaning
Obvious as it may be, many still forget to remove their rings while handing harsh cleaning chemicals around the house. Some believe their rings are safe as long as they wear gloves while cleaning. The truth is, the only way to ensure your rings are safe while handling cleaning products, is to just simply take them off.
There are several chemicals that will break down the finish on precious metals. In fact, some cleaning components can seriously damage different metals and even gemstones. Wearing gloves may keep your skin safe, but you still run the risk of damaging your ring while pulling them on or off or by hitting it on objects during scrubbing.
Overall, there are many times it’s safer to remove your rings than it is to wear them. If you’re worried about losing your rings, create designated safe spaces for them. If you question whether or not something is safe for your rings, err on the side of caution and take them off.