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10 Things NOT To Do When Wearing Your Engagement Ring

So, who does not love wearing Rings? We totally support that and want you to wear all of your beautiful jewellery pieces during any occasion ...except for these few instances: 

1. Water Activities 

Never, and we repeat, never wear Rings while swimming or during any water activities including water sports.

Cooler water can cause your fingers to shrink making it easier for your rings to slip off. Earrings with loose backings are also prone to falling off while out in the water. Prolonged exposure to chemicals found in a pool such as chlorine can also cause damage.

It is always better to leave your rings in a safe place or at home before hitting the water, so all of your pieces remain in pristine condition. 

2. Applying Lotions

Lotion and beauty products easily build up and can dull the stones in your rings, we highly recommend putting on any location before you wear jewellery to avoid this.  

Hairspray is another danger as a noticeable film can build up over time which can dull the brightness of the stones and metal of the ring, be sure to follow the same rule for hair spray!  

3. Exercise

Physical activity, including exercise, is good for you and keeps you active all the time but don’t forget, this sort of physical activity can prove to be quite harsh on your rings. 

Sweat can build up over time and dull the look of your ring, if not cleaned frequently. 

In addition to that, we suggest leaving your jewellery on the side-lines to also avoid any potential breaks, splits, cracks, loss of stones, or worse, the whole piece 

Luckily, at Bogart’s if unfortunate event ever happens to you, we have our Lifetime Diamond Ring Guarantee.  

4. Gardening 

Rings are very susceptible to damage while gardening and it is important to remember that putting on gloves will not be enough to protect your ring.

If you are gripping gardening tools very tightly and using great forcethe rings can become misshaped and damaged without realizing it. It is further worse if the ring has gemstones, they are much more likely to get knocked loose or fall out. 

We definitely recommend not wearing any type of jewellery on your hands while gardening. 

5. Cooking

There are quite a few reasons why rings should not be worn while cooking. Here are a few: 

  • You cannot wash your hands effectively while wearing rings. 
  • Rings may accidentally drop into food, while cooking and may cause further issues.  
  • You may unknowingly touch it, which can result in contact with bodily fluids causing unwanted bacteria in your food. 

Have you ever noticed how much dirt collects in the back of engagement rings? You would be surprised! 

Jewellery including rings can collect and spread dirt and harmful bacteria, which can fall into the food. Food safety protocol suggests no rings except for a plain band, and no bracelets (including medical bracelets) be worn while cooking.

Commercial kitchens also require you to remove rings and other ornaments before entering as rings can trap bits of raw food. 

Heat and cleaning products can damage your Jewellery. So, it is definitely better not to wear rings or Jewellery while cooking to avoid spoiling the food or Jewellery.  

6. Primping 

Soft stones like pearls are not an exception to jewellery durability rules. They are a delicate gemstone. They should always go on last.

Never do primping, use hairspray, or put on makeup after wearing Pearls. Pearls have a lustre that can be damaged easily by many chemicals. 

Rings with pearls and other soft stones must always be worn last to ensure their durability.  

7. Cleaning with Chemica

Mainly Chlorine and some other common household chemicals, such as bleaches, deep cleaners, solvents, etc., can affect karat gold causing a condition called stress corrosion. 

These chemicals affect the metals mixed in with the gold, causing the rings to crack and break. Unfortunately, they cannot be saved if this occurs.  

Moreover, there is a chemical reaction caused because of these harsh chemicals taking place at the microscopic grain boundaries in the alloys that often weaken the bonds between them thus allowing easy breakage of the metal 

8. O
perating machinery 

It can be life-threatening to operate machinery with rings put on.

Wearing Rings, bracelets, etc may come into contact or get stuck against objects and moving parts of a machine, which is a big risk

Bracelets and necklaces are likely to get caught or snagged as you are moving around, and you may find yourself retracing your steps to figure out where it fell off. If they do not get caught on something, they are likely to get tangled together and could break when trying to separate them 

9. Playing Sports

Rings should be taken off before any sport or activity and stored in a safe, secure place to avoid the possibility of damaging the rings, sports equipment, and yourself.   

If by any chance, swelling occurs on any finger or injury occurs, the ring may become stuck. This will be painful and causes circulation issues. In extreme cases, the ring may need to be cut off if it cannot be removed

So, the bottom line is be sure to play it safe and keep your jewellery off the field. 

10. D
oing the dishes 

Harsh chemicals and soaps can discolor the rings, and in some cases damage the metal. Not only this, any loose stones can potentially fall out and get washed away forever.

Though stones can be replaced, and metals can be refinished, it is always advisable to remove your rings before washing dishes. 

Most dish soaps contain several harsh chemicals and dyes that can not only harm the surface of the metals in your diamond Rings but can dull and scratch the finish of the diamonds themselves

Rings is carefully crafted and is often finished with a polished surface or a surface treatment.  

Chemicals containing bleach, for example, are super harsh and can strip this surface treatment and affect the finished surface leaving it looking dull or even disintegrating the metal. 

Most gold rings are an alloy (made with other metals) to make it tougher because pure 24 karat gold is far too soft on its own.

Bleach and chlorine (pools, hot tubs, etc) can break down these other alloys and over time cause issues such as cracks and weakened solder joints. 

Therefore, it is advised to remove the Rings while doing the dishes. 


If you always want to wear a ring, we have solution for you! 

The safe alternative is to use Crossflex silicone wedding bands - They can be worn doing anything and come in a variety of colors and styles for men and women 

Our silicone wedding bands are an affordable alternative to wear, so if it ever becomes lost or damaged, you can simply get another one. 

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