Dangers of Diamond Rings – 5 Potential Problems and How to Avoid Them
Take a nice, long look at that engagement ring on your finger. How beautiful is it? Not to mention a special reminder of your commitment to one another. Beyond how much you adore your ring, it's also one of the most valuable investments your partner (or both of you) will make, so it's extremely important to take care of it properly to ensure the stone and metal retain their brilliance—and last a lifetime. Read up on common ring hazards to watch out for and how to keep yours from getting ruined.
Threats to Diamond Rings – Avoid At All Costs
- The ring is just too large
Deciding how tight the wedding ring should be is very difficult. During the initial days, weeks and months of wear, a wedding ring can feel quite alien. If your wedding ring slides onto the finger and has to be worked over the knuckle, there is less risk of the ring coming off. Don’t worry if the ring produces a visible mark on the finger over time. This is normal. Your wedding ring is a hard metal and your finger is not. Rings worn constantly, usually result in a smooth impression below the ring. If your finger is obviously swollen and if there is discomfort and pain, then your ring is clearly too tight.
- Keep tabs on your hands
Many couples travel away straight after their wedding for the long awaited honeymoon. Cool water (beach or swimming pool) is often responsible for the loss of a wedding ring or even engagement ring. Whilst warmer temperatures cause many hands to swell, cool water does the opposite. Water provides a great lubricant for rings to literally slide from the finger. To avoid losing the ring, ensure the ring has a snug fit before travelling. Rings have even been lost from home merely from washing hands.
- Resist the urge to cook and bake while wearing your diamond ring.
Baking is just one of many indoor activities. Failure to remove a loose wedding or engagement ring could potentially result in the ring ending up in a loaf of bread.
- Keep out of reach of children (and pets)
Young children are drawn to items that glitter and sparkle. They love to pick items up and deposit them in places you would never think to look. My own children love to hide the remote controls and they are much larger than a wedding ring. Many mothers with young children remove engagement rings to avoid accidentally scratching their son or daughter increasing the risk of leaving an engagement ring lying within easy reach.
When to Remove Your Diamond Ring
Whether you're into horseback riding, mountain climbing or swimming, serious activities—especially those that are outdoors—can wreak havoc on your engagement ring. If you're really active, you could increase the risk of banging your ring up against something that may cause the prongs to loosen, scratch the metal or worse. To prevent this from happening, leave your ring at home when partaking in these activities. Another option: Get a necklace in the same metal as your ring and hang the ring around your neck while working with your hands (think pottery or gardening).
You should also consider removing your engagement ring when you go to the beach, lift weights, do any heavy cleaning or take a bath or shower. We know, it kind of sounds like we're telling you to never wear your ring—but ring damage is often caused by a series of smaller dings, snags and scratches over time rather than one big one all at once.