It’s tempting to wear your engagement ring 24/7, but there are certain instances when it’s best to tuck that precious diamond away. Surprisingly, there are a few everyday instances that can (and will) damage your new rock.
1. At the beach
There are a couple reasons for this. The most obvious being if you lose that sucker in the sand or water, it’s a goner. The second, and lesser known reason, is because of the sand that can wedge itself in the ring setting or under the diamond. And don’t think about applying sunscreen when you’re wearing your ring, it’ll cloud your stone right up.
2. Hitting the gym
Wearing your ring while cranking out a cardio workout won’t cause damage, but when it comes to weight lifting, you run the risk of potentially knocking out a stone or damaging the band. The pressure from the weight (or really, any amount of strong pressure) on your band might bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé band because the smaller stones can fall right out of their setting.
3. Cleaning anything
Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take off that rock. It’s especially important to remove your ring if it has a colored gemstone rather than a diamond, as the chemicals can erode the finish and polish on the gem.
4. Taking a shower
Similar to sunscreen, any other soaps, hair or beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup on your stone, or worse, under your stone—which is much harder to clean. Shampoos and body washes are a no-go. The same applies for your favorite scented lotion that you apply post-shower or that hair serum.
5. While you’re sleeping
The weight of your body against your hand reshapes your ring over time and loosens the stones, which can be a costly fix. Avoid the potential nightmare and leave your ring on the bedside table for the night.