(Closed) Why take your ring off?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 77
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Food prep, dishwashing, showering, sex, exercise, anything involving serious outdoorsiness (the beach, gardening, swimming), lotion, and sometimes during really serious typing, LOL.

Post # 78
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If something I do has the potential to melt the gold, period.  Like live electronics or sodiering.  Otherwise (when I get it! it’s being made) I’ll wear it all the time. 

I was married 4 years previously and that’s what I did, it was a solitaire and looked good as new.  The claddagh (“place holder” ring) I wear now all the time (minus melty things), and I wear my heirloom ring with 17 2mm or less diamonds in it all the time on my right hand except when sleeping. The claddagh place holder… all the time.

The funny thing is I looked at pave/channel stuff and thought “How do you not worry about losing the little diamonds!”.  Eventually I realized I’m wearing 48 of the little suckers every day.  I have a necklace with 4 emeralds and 23 diamonds in it and the heirloom ring with 17… AND the claddagh ring has 8… so 48 little tiny diamonds (most 1mm or less) and I had a panicky “how did I never worry about this before!!!” moment.  But I never worried about it before and never had an issue.  I’ve had the necklace for 7 years and the heirloom ring for 15 and worn both for everything but sleeping everyday.

If it’s made well it really shouldn’t be an issue unless you’re beating the daylights out of it (and I am NOT gentle on my jewelry! Fiance even told jewelers so lol).  The heirloom ring, I don’t think was ever even cleaned or inspected at a jewelers for almost 30 years until just a few weeks ago when I had it appraised since I’m having the engagement ring insured and plan on putting it and a few other items on the insurance.

Personally I’d worry more about all that on/off and losing it than wearing it!  But that’s me!

Post # 79
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I take my ring off when I’m in the shower, when I’m working out, when I go to bed, when I’m washing dishes, and when I’m in the pool.  Guess I’m fearful something will happen to it.  Wierd I know.

Post # 80
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Since I work in healthcare I don’t wear my ring to work, even though most of the people I work with do.  (Employer encourages rings not to be worn but there isn’t a strict policy on it.)  I also take it off when I cook anything messy, clean with chemicals, and I’m working on remembering to take it off when I shower.

My four prong setting is very minimalist so it isn’t built up and I just know it’s getting dirty in there!  Haven’t gotten it cleaned yet even though I know I should.

Post # 81
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i very rarely ever take off the rings my Fiance has given me. Even the cz stone never leaves my finger. Once i get my Ering, it will stay put too except during showering, because i dont want shampoo in my prongs. But nothing else bothers it and dish soap makes it sparkle like crazy. ive worn my promise rings for so long with tall diamonds that i have learned not to get my fingers too close to anything and so i dont whack it on anything. And i dont have a headboard so sleeping is fine too. I dont use sheets, i use a comforter beneath and above so i dont worry about it.

Post # 82
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I take my set off when I put the lotion on or when I clean it once a week. I wear gloves if I am colouring my hair or if I am gardening. I don’t use any chemicals in the house, so that’s not an issue. I don’t see a point of worrying about damage. I don’t cover my furniture with plastic, I just enjoy everything while I can 🙂

Post # 83
1601 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I take mine off anytime it could be damaged, or when it is at risk of falling off or being stolen.  My ring style has been discontinued, so I can’t get another one exactly the same without spending a bundle more, and I love it too much.  

Chlorine and all sorts of other chemicals are terrible for your metals, and can wear down the shank or prongs over time.  Swimming in a lake doesn’t have chemicals but it does have the risk of the ring slipping off if your hand is under cold water without you noticing it.  If you’re doing garden work, painting, home repairs, etc, these are all risks.  Cooking isn’t a risk as much as it’s a pain to try to get bread dough or something out of a ring…yuk!

Post # 84
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I generally take my rings off to do dishes, shower and sleep.  Generally if I’m awake, my rings are on.  I do have a fear of the diamond coming loose and going down the drain, which is probably silly but it can’t hurt to take them off.  I did sleep with my e-ring for about a year, until I had problems with my finger swelling up.  I sleep kind of weird with my hand curled under me, and I think my hands swell at night, so it’s not a good combination.

I have a few ring trays around the house – night stand, bathroom and by the kitchen sink.  If I take off my ring it has to go in one of those places.  I won’t allow myself to take it off and leave it just anywhere because I’d forget and lose it. 

Oh, and on the honemoon my rule for myself was that if I was wearing a bathing suit, my rings should be off.  I didn’t want to lose them on the beach or at the pool, or damage them with chlorine.  It worked pretty well for me and I didn’t have to bother with a stunt ring.  It was nice to have my real ring when we went out to dinner, but know it was safe in the room (in the actual safe) when we were in the water.

Post # 86
1388 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I don’t wear mine to my work, ever. I wear a faux wedding band.

Not during:

  • Sleeping
  • Showers/Baths
  • Applying makeup
  • Applying Bronzer
  • Major house cleaning
  • If I’m drinking…because I’m a mega-oblivious drunk

Post # 87
608 posts
Busy bee

I couldn’t help but think of my aunt.  She has been married for over 40 years and has never removed her wedding band.  My cousin had thought of continuing the tradition when she married, but cut her hand on a bagel cutter the week after she got married! 

Post # 88
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have never taken my ring off i wear it 24/7 for the last 14 months. Still looks brand new. Diamonds don’t float so i don’t see it going down the drain when i’m in the shower if it were to come out. 

If you spend that much money on a ring i want to wear it all the time, it should last!. Sayng that my mum has worn her engagement and wedding rings non stop since they got married over 40 years ago and nothing has ever happened to them. 

Post # 89
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My mom literally never takes hers off (unless she’s like…on a plane and her fingers swell a lot and it hurts). I personally never wore rings before so while I don’t notice it during the day, when I get home at night it’s more comfortable to take it off (kind of like a bra…would never leave the house without it and don’t mind it while it’s on but when I get home I want it off immediately for comfort, lol). That may change over time but so far it’s a comfort thing…

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