Post # 1
Fairly certain my SO has gotten me a fairly high maintenance ring and was hoping to get some early advice from newlyweds – meaning it’s fairly wide and has tons of small diamonds and other stones in it rather than a single solitaire. I’m a little concerned because… I’m a fairly active gal and not one that usually wears jewelry. I run around outside, play in the mud, climb up and down things, get dirty and bang my hand on things a lot. Did you struggle with your ring when you first got it? Would especially like to hear from other active gals about how you adapted and what you’ve done to keep your ring safe…
Post # 3
I take mine off as soon as I get home, and I don’t wear it for any activities or work that might bang my hands around, or get them dirty. I have a totally plain white gold band for that.
Post # 4
I wear my ring to work, on errands, or if I’m out with DH. As soon as I get home, it comes off and is put in a container on my desk. I do not wear it to the gym, on walks with the dogs, any ‘adventures’ we go on, etc, as I have a tendency to lose or break things.
My ring is also insurance on our homeworkers insurance and I have the protection plan from the store. Definitely makes me feel a little better about it, but still, I don’t wear it around all the time.
Post # 5
I leave my ring at home if I think the activity I’m leaving the house to do will damage my ring.
Post # 6
I’m a runner and do a lot of fitness stuff and I don’t wear it when I’m doing any of that. I also don’t wear it when I sleep and if I’m hanging around the house all day I’ll forget to put it on.
Post # 7
When we first got engaged I was super particular with mine (took it off before showering, sleeping etc) and when I went to visit and/or ride my horses I took it off. That eventually all stopped happening.
Unless my hands are super cold and the rings feel loose, they are on my hands 24/7. I ride horses 2-4 times per week, clean the house in them, shower, sleep, hike, bike, travel etc. I feel better with them on then off. My rings total over 4 carats and the engagement ring is quite large with over 30 small diamonds under the ‘rock’, and I’m still not worried. They are insured and I wouldn’t do anything with them that i thought could do any major damage.
Do what you are comfortable in, and if you plan on taking them off make sure you have a “safe spot” that they go in every time.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the tips! Sounds like if I have a box that it always goes in when I’m not wearing it, will help keep track of it…
Post # 9
@StaceyA: “I … clean the house in them, shower, sleep, hike, bike, travel etc.”
I’m the same way! I rarely take mine off. Occasionally I will for playing tennis simply because my fingers will swell and the ring gets really tight, not because I’m worried about damaging the ring. I’ve had my e-ring for over 3 years now and my wedding band for over 2 and haven’t done any damage despite hardly ever taking them off.
Post # 10
I take mine off for hiking, kayaking, running, gardening, washing dishes, sleeping, showering, and messy cooking, etc. I have a little dish in the kitchen where the rings live if I’m working there, otherwise I store them in my jewelry box. I wouldn’t ever put them in a pocket, I’d bee too afraid to loose them this way. I had bought asimple silver band to wear for active pursuits but after a while I stopped bothering with that. My hands swell sometimes so sometimes it was just uncomfortable.
Post # 11
I take mine off for most active-type things… heck, I take it off even when I walk the dog! 🙂
Post # 12
Like many PP my e-ring is probably off more then on. I have a box at my place and at my FI’s place that I keep the ring when no wearing it. I told him he has to buy my three wedding bands two with diamonds so I can stack them with my ring and one from Etsy that uses our thumb print in the band.
Post # 13
1- insure it 🙂 My hubby lost his ring for a week last week (thankfully we found it!) but it helped to know we had $ to get a new one.
2- I have a plain band to wear for my strenuous/dirty activities. I put my solitaire in its ring dish on my night stand, and wear the simple wide band for activities. I like to always have a wedding ring on (save for showering and sleeping) but I know that the wide band isn’t going to get caught on things, knock things, or lose diamonds. It’s dumb, but I like to “look married” when I’m out working out or running errands, especially if people I know see me without my regular set on (I grew up in a small town, people will find anything to comment on). Plus, who doesn’t love another piece of jewelry? 😉
Post # 14
The only times I take my ring off as far as working out goes are boxing and pole. Boxing because there’s a good chance I could break a finger or hurt a knuckle with it on because I don’t usually wear gloves, just wraps. And pole because it messes up my grip and pinches. I wear it for regular workouts and yoga and it never gives me issues.
For after we get married I bought a plain 2mm rose gold dipped Tungsten “stand in” ring for when we travel or when we do things where I could lose my ring- camping, canoing, that sort of thing. It was like $15. If it gets lost, not the end of the world.
Post # 15
I either run or go to the gym every day and I keep my ring safe the best way I can- I keep it on my finger!! I also work in a lab and wear it to work every day. The only time I take it off is if I swim because it’s a little bit too big and I have to make a first to keep it on. I wear it traveling, camping, etc. You’re way more likely to lose it than seriously damage it at the gym or in your kitchen.
Post # 16
So interesting how many people have gotten a second “stand-in” ring – I never knew!