Have you ever sat down to seriously think about your daily routine? If not, you might be unaware of the fact that you engage in several “risky” activities on a day-to-day basis. Before you start to get nervous, though, we’re not talking about anything harmful or detrimental to your health. We’re simply referring to the daily activities that put your engagement ring and wedding band at risk.
Whether you regularly head to the gym or prefer the convenience of an at-home sweat session, working out is one of the top ways to quickly and easily damage your wedding rings. “When you work out, lift weights, or carry heavy objects, a majority of the weight falls onto the band and that pressure can bend and misshape the bands,” shares Mobley. “A bent band can also have the effect of pulling apart prongs [on your engagement ring] that could loose stones, causing them to potentially fall out.” Yikes!
You should think twice before wearing your rings in the kitchen, especially if you’re someone who absolutely loves to cook and/or bake. And while the act of cooking doesn’t necessarily harm your wedding rings, according to Mobley, it can cause them to get extremely dirty, and, in turn, lessen the integrity of your pieces. “Things you are cooking with can get inside prongs and under stones and dull the shine of your jewelry,” he shares. “So if you want to keep it clean, it’s best to take off rings when cooking.”
If you’re anything like us, cleaning is likely a part of your daily routine. So before you start scrubbing countertops or putting away clothes, be sure to remove your engagement ring and wedding band if you want these pieces to stay in pristine shape for a lifetime. What’s more, “Many household cleaning products have chemicals that are bad for gold, making it porous over time,” says Mobley, adding that porous gold can become brittle and potentially break.
Additionally, if any of your rings contain gemstones or lab-grown diamonds, the chemicals you use to clean can harm the integrity of your stones. “Natural diamonds are not affected by these chemicals so you won’t be doing any harm to them, whereas some other gems can be damaged by bleach and other household cleaning products,” Mobley shares.