(Closed) Taking your ring off to do things?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I take off my ring when I am putting on lotion, at the gym and once I get home.  Things like soap and lotion will dull the diamond.  At least that is what my mom told me.  Anyways, I don’t like wearing them at home.

Post # 4
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I know some people who keep it on 24/7, but I take it off for things like dishes, gym, pool, beach, etc. 

Post # 5
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I used to take my ring off if I was going to be doing anything with water at all, dishes, swimming, shower and for soccer.  Now a year later all I take off for is for soccer and I have to take it off for that.  I see why people take it off so often but for me I’d be more likely to loose it than damage it and it is insured so I just leave it on.

Post # 6
2890 posts
Sugar bee

I actually almost never wear mine when I’m at home ! I’m not used to wearing rings and it annoys me. I don’t like to constantly take it off / putting it back on, so unless I’m going out (which as I always do as a routine : put mascara on, put perfume on, put ring on), I’m not wearing it and my fiancé is doing the same with his. 

Post # 7
1112 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t wear it when I do dishes, heavy housework, go to the pool, garden, work outside, work on my car…

Post # 8
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My mom wears hers literally all the time, but I won’t be doing the same (I am soon to be engaged).  I’ve decided that I will buy an inexpensive CZ ring as a stand-in when I exercise and such. I wouldn’t want to damage the diamond or the setting, even though my ring is under warantee. 

Post # 9
3101 posts
Sugar bee

@mhernandez5:  I take mine off all the time!  I don’t know if you’d call it paranoid, or just taking good care of it.  I take it off at home, the gym, lotion, etc.  I hate to think of putting it at undue risk!

Post # 10
9087 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I take my rings off when I’m in the pool (Chlorine is not jewelry friendly), washing dishes, or in the shower. I generally take it off when I’m putting lotion on purely because I hate the feeling of lotion under the ring, but sometimes will keep it on when I don’t care.

It comes off when I’m working in the garden, doing house maintenance, working on my car, building something (Like if we get new furniture or whatnot), working on my computer (Electricity + Metallics = not good), or when I’m doing something messy like crafting or painting.

Post # 11
3667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I definitely wouldn’t wear it in the pool, since a) your fingers can shrink when they get cold, causing the ring to fall off, and b) the chlorine can damage it.

I have a “softer” gemstone, so I try to be pretty careful with it. I take it off to put on lotion, do the dishes, shower, sleep, clean, or do anything active.

I got one of those ring holder necklaces from Etsy that I wear so that if I need to take off my ring for any reason, I can just clip it in to the necklace and not have to worry about it.

Post # 12
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i take mine off when i’m showering/washing my face, putting on lotion, and doing anything messy with my hands (gardening, baking, etc). i usually keep it on for washing dishes because i wear gloves.

and actually, lately i’ve hardly been wearing it at home at all. i’ve lost a diamond twice, so i’m trying to minimize the amount of wear and tear on it.

Post # 13
2357 posts
Buzzing bee

I take it of when I swim, shower, baking, and doing dishes.  I never thought about not wearing it at the gym, but it makes sense, so I might not do that again.

It may sound really dumb but I have a Victorian butter plate in the bathroom and I will get one for the kitchen as well and I will put my ring in that. I have a horrible time of losing things.

Post # 14
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Im really not sure what you are “supposed” to do but I never take mine off.  Im still wearing my promise ring (waiting for e-ring to come in) but Ive worn it in the pool, in the ocean, restaurant kitchen work, as a vet tech, in the shower, to sleep, and etc.  I feel naked without it on.  Its a diamond cluster set in sterling.  Ive never had any problems.

Post # 15
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mhernandez5:  You should always take your ring off when you’re washing your hands with soap (dishes, shower, general hand washing). Soap leaves a residue on the diamond that, over time, will make it look cloudy and less bright. That residue is not permanent, but it’s still not good for the ring and you’ll need to take it to a professional to have it cleaned. Be careful with jewelry cleaner you buy at the drugstore, too, it can be very harsh on some jewelry. If you’re ever in doubt about how to clean your ring, ask your jeweler. (Google has some good answers, too.) 🙂

You should also remove your ring when doing things that could damage the setting, like playing a sport. If you hit the ring hard on something you can loosen the prongs, which can cause the diamond to fall out; and, even though diamonds are very hard they can chip. Hitting a diamond at just the right angle can cause it to chip. 

Don’t worry, though, if you take care of your ring it will last. 


Post # 16
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I take mine off when putting on lotion and that’s about it

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