Ring Rules: When You Should and Shouldn't Wear Your Engagement Ring

9th January, 2024
Emma Fathers

For many of us, an engagement ring will be the most expensive piece of jewellery we own. It’s sparkling, it’s beautiful, and it will be loved for generations to come; as long as it is carefully looked after!

Ring Rules: The Ultimate Guide to When You Should and Shouldn’t Wear Your Engagement Ring

9th January, 2024
Emma Fathers

When not to wear your engagement ring

1. Avoid lotions and potions

Depending on the types of stones in your engagement ring, some may be more susceptible to damage from everyday chemicals. Softer stones such as emeralds, opals and pearls can lose their fabulous lustre when exposed to cosmetics, perfume, hand cream and soaps, so it’s always best to keep these away from your jewellery until fully dry on the skin. 

These seemingly harmless products will also gradually strip away the rhodium plating on white gold (quicker than the normal wear and tear does), meaning you will need it re-plating more often. We always recommend that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on when getting ready!

No matter how hard the stones are in your engagement ring, you should always be mindful of the settings holding them in. Everyday tasks such as showering and washing your hair can add unnecessary strain on rings, as hair can get caught around the claws without you noticing. 

2. household chores is a big no

Always make sure you remove your ring when you're cleaning, chemicals mixed in with a rigorous cleaning session would be a recipe for disaster for the settings of your engagement ring, so best to take them off altogether for safekeeping!

It's also a good idea to put your ring somewhere safe when your gardening or doing some DIY as we don't want any unnecessary dirt coming into contact with your beautiful ring! These activities can also damage the band, changing the shape and altering the way they fit you.

The same goes for cooking and baking, it's always wise to take your ring off when you're in the kitchen. Chopping ingredients, food splatter and even the risk of it accidentally ending up in the bin are real concerns, so taking off your ring while cooking or baking is a smart move. 

3. Remove for strenuous activities

We’d like to think this one goes without saying, but you just never know! Strenuous activities such as mountain biking, running or lifting weights in the gym will compromise stone settings and whip the band out of shape in no time. We recommend taking it off for things like this, out of harm's way!

Also bear this in mind with everyday tasks such as carrying heavy shopping bags, or wrapping the lead around your hand when walking the dog can be risky. You can’t always be expected to take off your jewellery in the moment, but the more you consciously remember to take care of it, the better. 

Although diamond is the strongest material in the world, it is not invincible. Catching your diamond at the wrong angle on the wrong surface can lead to fractures and chips.

If you feel like you may have compromised the settings in your engagement ring or would just like some reassurance, you can book in for us to check it over for you here at Jessica Flinn Fine Jewellery. We can assess and advise upon seeing it in person, as would any other reputable nearby jewellers. 

4. Take it off at the beach or swimming pool

While a day at the beach or by the pool sounds like the perfect opportunity to showcase your engagement ring in a picturesque setting, it's crucial to consider the potential risks involved. Sand, with its abrasive nature, can scratch the metal and stones, dulling the brilliance of your ring over time. 

Additionally, chlorine from pool water can react with certain metals, causing discolouration or other damage. 

If you're hesitant about removing your ring entirely, opt for a temporary replacement or wear a silicone band designed for aquatic activities. These alternatives allow you to enjoy the water without worrying about potential damage to your cherished engagement ring. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to maintaining the lustre and beauty of your ring for years to come.

When to wear your engagement ring

1. Formal events have the green light

At social events, parties, and gatherings, the decision to wear your engagement ring is a beautiful affirmation of your love and commitment. 

This is the time to let your engagement ring shine! It's not just a piece of jewellery; it's a shared celebration of your love, sparking joy and admiration from everyone around.

Formal events, like weddings and galas, are the red carpet moments for your engagement ring. It's not just an accessory; it's the crowning jewel that adds a touch of glamour to your ensemble.

2. wear it in Professional settings 

We believe that you should always be able to express yourself in the professional arena, and your engagement ring can be the perfect way to do so! It's a slice of your personality and a symbol of your life's journey. 

We say flaunt that ring with pride, let your colleagues know that you've got that dazzling engagement ring on your finger, and you're ready to conquer the professional world!

Now, if your daily grind involves some serious hands-on action, such as manual labour or any job that has potential ring hazards, its always best to take it off and keep it somewhere safe while you're on the clock. 

3. Casual outings are perfect to flaunt your ring

Casual outings provide the perfect backdrop for proudly displaying your engagement ring in everyday scenarios. 

Whether you're catching up with a friend over coffee or enjoying a casual dinner, wearing your ring during these moments is a delightful expression of who you are. The ring becomes an integral part of your identity, and casual outings become opportunities to share the happiness and excitement of your commitment with the world. 

Each glance at your ring is a reminder of the love story you're living, turning ordinary moments into extraordinary celebrations of your shared journey.