Post # 1
I’m posting this because I remember there are lots of you who never take your rings off. Reconsider.
“They will tell you that Diamonds Are Forever. This is true. But gold is assuredly not forever. Diamonds will last; the gold they’re set in will dissolve, thanks to a toxic soup of your personal excretions and caked-on chemicals.”
Post # 3
Hmm. Interesting article. I think that it’s all makes sense obviously – but what is the right answer? Should we take our rings even more to have it cleaned? What’s the same way to clean it at home?
The lady with the pearl ring in the story is very endearing, but the author does not give us solutions. Besides to store it? It’s good food for thought though.
Post # 4
It makes sense, in the same way that washing your clothes and body makes senses, but that article is far from responsible journalism…
Post # 5
How perfectly disgusting!
Post # 6
I agree, how do you prevent this? I take off my ring whenever I’m at home because I’m afraid I’ll scratch it and such but it still needs recoated (white gold) every 3-6 months.
Post # 7
yes, gold is not forever, but it is a VERY VERY LONG TIME. while i enjoy reading it, jezebel is not exactly the beacon of journalistic integrity. this was a dumb article.
Post # 8
That was the most ridiculous article I have ever read!
There is a difference between not ever taking off your jewelry and NEVER cleaning your jewelry!
Yes, you have to care for your jewelry in a different way that you care for your human living tissue. I weekly take off my ring, clean it with gem cleaner i bought from my jeweler and put it right back on. I do the same thing with my earrings and necklaces monthly.
I also get my rings inspected and cleaned at the jewelers a few times a year.
What is the point of having jewelry if you aren’t going to wear it!
Post # 9
Come on people, Jezebel is not “SERIOUS journalism,” and that article obviously wasn’t trying to be. It was a fun read. I’m sitting here sans e-ring right now because I took it off this morning to put on lotion and forgot to put it back on. I also take it off when I’m cooking or doing anything else that would necessitate scrubbing gunk and grime off afterward. It just makes life easier.
And that article linked to some really awesome “grossest stories” posts! After reading this post, I don’t feel so bad that I’m terrible about having earrings in my earlobes. I’ve had my ears pierced since I was 10 and I used to wear earrings 24/7 but suddenly I decided they were uncomfortable. I stopped wearing them ever except for special dress-up worthy occasions. Now when I need to put on earrings I have to lube up the posts and JAB them through the hole. I’m pretty sure I pierce new skin every time I do it.
Post # 10
@neontl: I thought the point was pretty clear – take your jewelry off when you’re handling anything that might cake onto it or chemically eat away at it, and if your jewelry does get really grody it won’t kill you to take it off and clean it. And pointing out the irony of loving a piece of jewelry soooo much that you never want to part with it, when never taking it off is actually causing it to deteriorate prematurely.
@FMM: It might be obvious to you, but talk to any jeweler and they will tell you that a lot of people don’t realize jewelry needs regular cleaning and maintenance.
Post # 11
Oh my god… I read the comments of that article and stupidly googled ‘ring avulsion’…. EUUUUURGHHH!
Post # 12
@MrsT2b:AND I just did the same thing.
I don’t know why.
Post # 13
Haha I couldn’t help myself! (not for the even vaguely squeamish…)
Post # 14
@MrsT2b: oh gosh. so did i. yikes!!!!!!!!!
Post # 15
I just googled it too. I need to go wash my eyes out with bleach.