(Closed) Do you take off your rose gold?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I have a rose gold e-ring and wedding band. I almost never take them off. Exceptions have been when I’m doing something like making hamburgers/meatballs or doing a messy or rough DIY project, and when I lift weights (just because they aren’t comfortable and pinch my skin). My rings have held up fine! They look brand new when I clean them. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

I frequently take my ring off, but more for convenience than because it’s made of rose gold. I have a silicone ring that I wear whenever I’m not wearing my real ring, so I still show my commitment to my fiance. I never wear my real ring while sleeping, showering, doing dishes, cooking, or at the gym/pool. I don’t want to lose or damage any part of or my entire ring so I leave it safely in its box at home!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

My wedding set is white gold, but I have 3 rose gold bands that I alternate on my right hand (2 are 14k and the other is 18k), as well as 2 rose gold bracelets (both 14k). I almost never take them off, I swim in them an everything and they’re completely fine!! They hold up as well as white gold and yellow gold in my opinion! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I read that chlorine isn’t good for gold, so I always take mine off to swim.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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Caryatid :  yeah I’d try and keep them on as much as possible because the more you take them off the more likely you are to lose them! The only precious metal I’ve had get ruined in a chlorine swimming pool is a sterling silver and cz ring from berricle, it turned black in some spots and it didn’t come off after cleaning it. It was as if the metal was permanently tarnished. But I was wearing white gold and rose gold at that time also and they were fine.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Caryatid : I was a swim instructor for a couple summers and wore my ring (18k rose gold) in the pool all the time. If anything white gold would be more affected by the pool (at least I’d assume so) because it’s often a plating over yellow gold. Rose gold is an alloy so it’s not as if you’re going to strip the color or anything. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

Chlorine weakens the integrity of any color gold. It causes microscopic pitting. I take rings off to swim.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Eldorado Canyon State Park

I don’t take off my rose gold ring to sleep or anything, but my one exception is when I’m doing anything with water, I don’t know why. The water where I live is really gross and hard, so after a few weeks of just standard wear and tear, taking it off to do dishes or shower but leaving it on to wash my hands in public and stuff because taking it off would be risky, my ring gets a lot of built-up mineral stains I have to clean off. I can only imagine how dull it would get if I exposed it to food particles or shampoo scum, too! Anyway, I think I’m definitely going to take my rings off to go swimming, too, because although my ring isn’t loose, the idea of somehow losing it in a big body of water freaks me out. I feel like I’d constantly be checking my hand to see if it was okay, and I’d be too distracted to have fun. I still have the box my ring came in, and it’s a lovely wooden box, so that’s the only place my ring ever is besides my cleaning jar or my hand, so I don’t feel too scared I’m going to misplace it. 🙂

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I take mine off when swimming, lifting weights, doing heavy cleaning, diy projects or doing any cooking that involves getting my hands dirty. 

Though that has less to do with it being rose gold and more with gold and garnets being a little soft and my style of setting being prone to getting gunky. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

My friend’s family is in the jewelry business and she told me that chlorine can damage gold. Better safe than sorry. I have white gold but I always take off my rings to swim or clean or go to the gym etc. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

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Caryatid :  Chlorine doesn’t damage pure gold, but it is very reactive against copper and nickel which are the main alloys used in karat gold jewelry, especially rose and white. The lower the karat, the more susceptible the piece will be since lower karats have less gold and more alloy. 

  • The level in tapwater is usually fine, so showering, doing dishes, etc shouldn’t cause damage. 
  • For going in a pool or hot tub a few times a year, I wouldn’t bother removing my rings. At that point, I’d be more at risk of losing them than getting damage from the chlorine.
  • If you spend a lot of time in pools or hot tubs, it’s probably a good idea to take the rings off if you’re not likely to lose them. Hot tubs are worse than pools because chlorine is more damaging at higher heat. 
  • Cleaning with bleach or products containing bleach — that’s when you should always take them off. The chlorine is concentrated and depending on the concentration and how long the metal is in contact with it, it’s possible to cause permanent damage.

Rhodium and palladium don’t react with chlorine so a plated white gold ring is less likely to be damaged than an unplated one, but you probably won’t notice if/when the plating wears down so I’d still be careful in pools and hottubs. 

Platinum and most alloys used in platinum jewelry are not affected by chlorine, but if white gold is used as solder, those solder points can be weakened by frequent chlorine exposure.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Like PPs, I also was under the impression rose gold and white gold are not good in pools. I have a white gold engagement ring and I’m getting a rose gold wedding band. I have a pendant that I wear around my neck at the gym that I hang my engagement ring on. When I swim, I hook my ring onto a bungee clip inside my bag. I honestly just prefer not to lose it. I also don’t sleep with my ring on because my fingers swell when I sleep and my hand starts to ache. My ring is not too small, I just have really terrible circulation. I actually can’t wear heavy-ish bangles around my wrist because the weight of it on my hand makes my hand fall asleep after a few hours embarassed

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I take mine off when I cook, do dishes, or shower. Otherwise I almost always have them on. I’ll probably take them off when I go swimming, but not because of the chlorine. I’d just like to avoid losing them in the pool. 

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