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When To Take Off Your Engagement Ring

March 5th, 2023

Fashionable lady holding her hand against a tree. She is considering taking her engagement ring off but decides against it

While engagement rings are typically forged in the finest precious metals that are made to last a lifetime and fitted with diamonds, the hardest substance on the planet, they are not entirely resistant to damage. Your engagement ring is likely one of the most monetarily and sentimentally valuable jewelry pieces you own. You’ll want to wear it and enjoy it as much as possible. However, there are certain situations in which it is better to forego donning your ring to protect its beauty and form. We’ve put together a guide to help you know what environments can cause damage to your ring.

Working Out

The gym poses a lot of potential threats to your delicate engagement ring. Lots of hard and heavy machinery and large amounts of pressure can warp, dent, or scuff the ring. Excessive amounts of sweat can dull and tarnish your ring’s shine and polish. You may also experience uncomfortable and dangerous pinching, so it is better to leave your ring at home or in a safe, dry box in your gym locker.

Getting Ready

While moisturizers, makeup, and hair products may make you look and feel excellent, they are not great for your engagement ring. Your beauty products can build up in the crevices of your ring and create layers of film that dull its shine. It is essential, then, that you set your ring aside until you’re done applying any sort of creams, powders, or sprays.

An engagement ring held close to the camera, the diamond shining bright in the foreground


Water also presents several threats to your ring. For one, water ? especially cold water ? may shrink your finger and cause the ring to slip off and become lost. Depending on the type of water you’re swimming in, even the water itself can cause damage to your ring. Salt water, for instance, can cause metals to erode, while chlorine can cause discoloration.


Similarly to beauty products, cleaning products threaten engagement rings? beauty. Harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia can dull your ring’s appearance. Also, the risk of banging your ring against hard surfaces is higher when cleaning up around the house, washing the car, and things of the like.

Three women holding their hands together, each donning a vibrant engagement ring


Lathering up your hands with slippery soaps can cause your ring to slide off and disappear down the drain. Additionally, oily products can cause unfortunate buildup on the surface of the metals and gemstones that prevent light reflection.


When cooking, grease and bacteria can build up in your ring's crevices and coat the precious materials it’s composed of. Washing your hands after cooking can also risk the ring slipping off and falling down the drain.

Chic lady on the phone. Her eye-catching engagement ring shine brightly on her finger

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Allow our team to assist you in whatever you need, using their experience and expertise to guide you toward what is best for you. Feel free to book an appointment today for a personalized consultation or browse our inventory online at your convenience.