(Closed) Ladies with active lifestyles – a question for you?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i take off my ring when i’m at the gym – i’ve already knocked the center stone out once!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Hey!  I am pretty active.  My ring isn’t huge but does have a raised profile – it’s 0.7 carat center stone.  I wear it when I run, mountain bike, do yoga, ski, camp, etc.  I take it off for anything involving water because I’m paranoid that it’ll slip off, even though it’s probably fine.  Plus I think I’ve read that chlorine / sea water can be damaging?  (But I live in the Rockies and don’t like swimming pools, so water is a rare scenario.)  I also have to ride an atv a lot for my job as a wildlife biologist, and I take it off for that as I get super dusty and filthy.

As for damage, I just assume that as long as I’m not bashing it directly on anything, it’ll be fine.  It’s under my gloves when I bike and ski.  My attitude is that I’m WAY more likely to set it down somewhere stupid and lose it if I’m always taking it off because I’m worried about damage….

Oh and congrats! 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m pretty active, in an urban kind of way (city walking, gym, hiking). What I have liked doing is wearing the wedding ring almost always, I only take it off when lifing weights, to avoid getting it too scratched up. I wear the engagement ring when we go out. I have a bunch of reasons why I do this, but I think it really comes down to that is what my mom did, so that is what is normal to me.

It works for me, but we just got back from Kauai and saw girls with much bigger and blingier rings wearing them while hiking, kayaking and surfing. It is whatever you become comfortable with.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I have a question for the active ladies… when you run/work out does the sweat do any damage to the ring? I am assuming that it makes it less shiny and needs to be cleaned more often than a person that doesn’t work out wtih their ring. I run often and am considering just taking off my ring every time I am at the gym.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am super active and I never take off my ring EXCEPT when I swim.  You have to take it off in a salt water pool or chlorine pool- it degrades the gold.  Other than that- I got a ring with a guard on it- built into the desing- it is a solitaire, but the sides come up to protect it.  My other choice was a bezel.  I couldn’t have a traditional solitaire, I would be stabbing things.  I even wear my ring doing ceramics!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Lizzie1116:  Not sure about the sweat = dirty question.  Probably so.  I did a bunch of googling and saw an easy recommended way to clean your ring, which is to just use a soft toothbrush to scrub it with a little bit of non-bleach dish soap.  A lot of jewelers recommend doing that for an at-home cleaning.  I tried it and my ring is super clean and sparkly.  This makes me a lot more willing to get it sweaty, etc cause it’s so easy to clean.  Again, I’d rather wear mine more often and get it a little dirt, than be constantly taking it on and off which increases my risk of putting it somewhere stupid and leaving it….  Maybe not everyone is as forgetful as me though!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Please don’t tell me you surf in Essex! The beaches were so sad looking compared to what I am used to (sunny California). LOL.

I would recommend a bezel setting since it protects the stone the most. You can also get it set rather low in many cases. Maybe go for platinum or palladium for the metal so you don’t have to worry about rubbing off gold or plating (if you like white metal that is).

What’s your style? Do you like bezel settings? Do you want something very traditional?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a diamond ring with side stones. I wear it running, hiking, to the gym, and pretty much everywhere but swimming. It isn’t that salt water would hurt it (I don’t think it would– my rings have been fine on a necklace for an unexpected swim), it is that my fingers get smaller in cold water. I don’t want it to get lost! Fiance is also very much against taking off rings, except for in the water. He doesn’t want me to lose it!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Don’t get me wrong, I can be just as forgetful as the next lady, but I only put my ring in four places and am exceptionally rigid with myself about it. Those places are: my finger, my jewelry box (third ring row, next to my RHR), ring box in a safe, my grandma’s finger (when I wash the heirloom china by hand and don’t want to scratch the china. Grandma loves the bling and refuses to move when she has it on, just sits there with her hand in a fist and stares at it smiling). This system has worked for me for 2.5 years without fail (yet-knock on wood).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Lizzie1116:  I am a sweater and work out 7 days a week (running and weights), so my ring does get sweaty. I just soak it in warm water when I shower and dry with a glasses cleaning cloth when I am done.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@bowsergirl:  Good suggestion, I have platinum, it hasn’t reacted to anything I’ve done (salt water, cleaning chemicals, general dirt, sweat, etc).

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Pollywog: Thanks! I am definitely a sweater and know I probably wouldn’t wear it for long races like half marathons but was trying to determine if wearing it at the gym for a run is ok or if I will be cleaning it once a week. I should (fingers crossed) be getting the ring in 2 weeks!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I put my ring on the chain I wear around my neck whenever I am exercising to prevent any damage or loss. I never leave it in the locker or away from my person.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I dont know if I am terribly active but I always take my ring off for certain things like cooking or swimming.  Have you considered a low set ring rather than high prongs?  Mine is set pretty low.  My other suggestion is a bezel.

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