When to take off engagement ring?

posted 3 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Also want to hear the same…. I sleep, shower, swim, make meatballs with my current non-ring on..also also, once I get that bad boy I don’t want to go back to ringless! 

Post # 4
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I remove my ring when showering, using makeup or hair products, and when cooking greasy food (sautéing or frying, where there is splatter), or using my hands to mix something like dough or meatballs. I also remove it when I’m out in the shop at work, because I deal with a lot of metal and heavy machinery. When I’m in the office at work, I put it back on. I know it’s recommended not to sleep in it, but I do. I think I’d be more easygoing if it wasn’t a delicate micropave ring. 




Post # 5
1535 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@mscuppycake:  I have to take it off when I work. Other than that, mainly swimming. I don’t want it to come off in the lake/ocean/pool

Post # 6
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Lol, never thought about it.  I wear mine ALL THE TIME!  I’ve been engaged for a little over 6 months and nothing has happened to it yet.  I can’t think of a day I haven’t worn it since FI popped the question.  It does get dirty really fast though so it needs frequent cleanings.

Post # 7
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I replied on your last post but I can expand on what I said here 😉

We recently bought my ring but we’re not “officially” engaged yet. I’ve been wearing it around the house getting used to it.

It’s quite delicate.. it has a very thin band with lots of mico-pave, and very delicate prongs around the center stone. I just don’t want to do anything to damage it. My ring is 1.3 carat center with a small halo.

I plan on wearing it every day, but I will most likely take it off when I get home. I don’t plan to sleep in it (I sleep wildly and could smack it against the headboard, or scratch me or my SO with it), cook with it (like anything messy), swim with it, exercise with it (weights could damage the band), or shower with it (it could slip off and go down the drain… and it will get tangled in my hair when I’m washing it).

I think you will get a feel for what you should/shouldn’t do when you actually get the ring. And your ring is rather large… 3 carats.. and sits quite high, so I imagine you might find it gets in the way.

I know some ladies wear their rings 24/7… I would guess that the majority of ladies who do this have solitaires with plain bands, and smaller stones. These type of rings don’t get in the way and you don’t have to worry about smaller stones falling out. I think even if I had a solitaire with a plain band I would still be afraid of chipping the diamond or losing the ring down the drain, so I would take it off for certain things. Bezel settings are pretty good for 24/7 wear because they protect the stone a bit more.

Post # 8
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@canarydiamond:  omg you must tell me what colour your centre stone is…!!


I’be had my ring since April and I wear it pretty much all the time apart from showering (worried about it getting soapy and slipping off), putting on body lotion, exercising (my fingers swell up loads) And swimming (which I count as exercising except i dont wear it then incase it slips off) I would normally wear it for every other occasion including cleaning, washing up, gardening. I’m not worried about it getting damaged or dirty more like just losing the thing. Its platinum and yellow gold with diamond so it should stand up to most things! I do have good insurance for it also

Edit-I have a 1.2 centre with prong-set diamonds in the band. Its a low setting though (not high like the cathedral type settings)

Post # 9
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I plan on wearing that sucker alllll the time once its on my finger! I haven’t seen it in person (only a digital rendering), but there’s no pave, and the band is pretty sturdy looking. Also, my knuckles are wider than my fingers, so I sized it to be a little snug going over my knuckle but fit comfortably once its on. After I get it I’ll see how the size is working. I could actually go down in size a bit, but it’s the summer and my fingers do swell. I’ll see how the swelling goes and maybe go down a 1/4 size so it will be snug in the winter.

I am going on vacation at a lake later this summer, so I’ll want to make sure it fits perfectly with no danger of falling off before I wear it in the water. As long as it fits well, I’ll keep it on all the time!

Post # 11
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have a wooden ring and while it is plenty strong and coated with protective layers, I am still super cautious with it. I take it off: for work, to cook or clean, to shower, to use makeup.


Sometimes I forget to grab it while walking out to door. But that doesn’t make my FI and I any less engaged. 🙂

Post # 12
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I never take mine off. 

Post # 13
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@mscuppycake:  I never take it off. It’s part of my finger and I’ve never had any issues with it. Okay, I take it off when I have to, such as when it’s being cleaned or inspected for insurance. A pool, lake, shower, or anything else? No way. It’s fine and stays on. I’ve essentially been engaged my entire adult life (with 2 FIs) and I’ve almost always had a ring on that finger that I’ve never taken off (I obviously took some time off between FIs!).

Post # 14
1579 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I take mine off when I am cooking, cleaning, swimming, exercising or showering. Mainly because i have a think band and a delicate setting. I even lost a stone and when I went to my jeweler they told me, you cannot do anything that you may bang or smack your ring agaisnt becasue you will continue to lose stones. So just take that into consideration.

Post # 15
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t sleep in mine. I have a ring holder next to my bed. If I’m getting my nails done, I take it off then, too. If I was going to a lake and doing boating, I think I would wear it and just keep it in a bag on the boat. But ya…I swim in mine. Oh and I also take it off if I’m cleaning…sometimes it just slides around or I’m using chemicals…so off it goes. If I’m baking, working with dough…same thing!


This is exactly why one of my wedding bands will be a plain gold band! I want to be able to always wear something that shows I’m married and I don’t want to worry about anything.

Post # 16
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@mscuppycake:  I wear mine all the time, except in the shower (or any kind of water pool, hot tub, ocean etc.) because it gets kinda slippy on me when my hands are wet. I also don’t wear it when I sleep (I keep it in the ring box it came with, thats on my night table)

I do wear my ring to the gym though, because I go straight there after work and I refuse to take it off there and leave it in my (locked) locker, just because there have been “break ins” in the change room. 

I’m also not planning on bringing it on vacation. Because I’ll be in and out of the pool and the ocean, and I’d rather not leave it in the room. So I’m going to leave it home 🙂

ETA: I also take it off in the kitchen, if I’m making meat balls or some kind of messy dough. I don’t want dough or meat chunks getting stuck in it haha

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