5 Times You Should Take Off Your Rings

Five Times You Should Take Off Your Rings

The honeymoon is over and it’s time to get back to normal life, and you want your gorgeous rings to last long enough that they can become beautiful heirlooms, right? We see damaged rings in our store every day for service, and sometimes that damage can be prevented.

Here are a few times you should take your rings off and store them in a safe place:

1. Working Out

Whether you’re just taking it easy on an elliptical, going on a run, or hitting it hard in the weight room, the gym is no place for diamonds. For one, sweat will dull the brilliance of your precious metals and gemstones. But heavy blows to your rings can bend them out of shape causing stones to loosen or fall out, or even crack.

2. Cleaning

Harsh chemicals can take quite a toll on your gemstones and precious metals, sometimes even changing their color. Not to mention, no one has ever scrubbed a stubborn spot slowly & gently, and all that elbow grease can really bang up your beautiful ring!

3. Cooking

Do you really want ground beef jammed under your diamond? No? Doesn’t sound appetizing to us either.

4. Swimming

If there’s one time you MUST take your rings off, it’s when you’re swimming. Cool water can shrink your fingers, making it easy for them to slip off and get lost, for one. Chlorine, on the other hand, can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring and your gold or white-gold setting. There’s no good reason to wear your ring in the pool or the lake!

5. Moisturizing

That creamy moisturizer makes your hands feel amazing, but make your ring look dull and dirty over time. Once your hands have dried, slip that sparkle back on and you’ll look great!

The Timeless Diamond

Luxury Diamonds

The most coveted of the birthstones, the diamond is the gemstone for April birthdays. It’s almost a cliché to say that “diamonds are forever,” but when we think about timeless gemstones the diamond is always the first to come to mind. Diamonds were formed between 1-3 million years ago in the earth’s mantle, then thrust to the surface of the earth through volcanic vents.

Diamonds are prized for their ability to refract light into a rainbow of colors, which jewelers refer to as, “fire.” Another key element to the diamond’s timelessness is its ability to sparkle when hit with the light, which jewelers refer to as “scintillation.” An expert cut creates a number of visual effects in the light, which is one reason why diamonds are so cherished by every generation.

While one of the hardest gemstones (with a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale!), it is a common misconception that diamonds are unsusceptible to harm. In spite of their strength, diamonds can chip or crack, which is one reason why it’s important to regularly check in with a qualified local jeweler.

“Wearing your fine jewelry appropriately can extend its life. It is important to remove jewelry during high-risk activities such as exercising, gardening, cooking and swimming, during which gemstones can become chipped or loose in their settings.

“Because they are so hard, when diamonds become loose in their settings, they can actually cut through the metal holding them in place. Regular examinations by a qualified local jeweler can help detect problems early, and prevent gemstone loss. More importantly, purchasing quality jewelry is the first step toward ensuring lasting value. A well-built mounting will hold and protect your gemstones for years,” says Deb Miller, owner of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry.

As “engagement season” and summer weddings fast approach, many brides and grooms will select diamond rings to represent the timelessness of their love as they make a lifetime commitment to each other, and their choice is based in truth.

Diamonds have played an important part in numerous cultures for thousands of years. As early as the fourth century BC, the diamond trade began in India, making it to Western Europe in the 1400s. Diamonds and other gemstones have been held in high regard by numerous cultures, believed to provide the wearer strength and to carry healing properties. In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder stated, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

Regardless of whether celebrating an April birthday, making a lifetime commitment, or treating someone for Mother’s Day, a diamond is a truly timeless way to declare your love.

Anniversary Gifts

Anniversary Gifts

Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal, Glass
4th Linen (Silk) Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron Wood objects
7th Wool (Copper) Desk sets
8th Bronze Linens, Lace
9th Pottery (China) Leather goods
10th Tin, Aluminum Diamond
11th Steel Fashion jewelry
12th Silk Pearls, Colored gems
13th Lace Textiles, Furs
14th Ivory Gold jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
16th Silver holloware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th China Platinum
21st Brass, Nickel
22nd Copper
23rd Silver plate
24th Musical instruments
25th Silver Sterling silver
26th Original pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids
29th New furniture
30th Pearl Diamond
31st Timepieces
32nd Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Coral (Jade) Jade
36th Bone china
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl, Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby Ruby
41st Land
42nd Improved real estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire Sapphire
46th Original poetry tribute
47th Books
48th Optical goods (e.g., telescope, microscope)
49th Luxuries, any kind
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
75th diamonds, diamond like stones, gold
80th Diamond, Pearl
85th Diamond, Sapphire
90th Diamond, Emerald
95th Diamond, Ruby
100th 10-carat Diamond

Man giving wife an Anniversary Gift

Ring Sizes

Engagement Ring SizeNot sure about your ring size? There is an easy way to determine your ring size.

Materials needed:

  • a piece of string
  • a marker
  • a ruler with mm or millimeter markings on it

Wrap the string around the largest part of your finger, this in most cases is the base of the finger in which you want to wear the ring, however in some cases this is the knuckle above where you want the ring. Mark the string where it meets on your finger and measure it with the ruler, make sure to measure it using the mm or millimeter settings.

Want to buy a ring as a gift and you are not sure of the size. Sneak a ring that you know fits and slide it over a tapered candle. follow the directions above and measure the candle where the ring stops on the candle.

Tip: finger sizes can change during the course of the day. To ensure the best fit measure your finger at the end of the day. Or measure a couple of times during the day and order your ring in the largest size that you measured.

Ring Size Inches Millimeter
1/2 15/32 11.95
1 31/64 12.37
1 1/2 1/2 12.78
2 33/64 13.21
2 1/2 17/32 13.61
3 35/64 14.05
3 1/2 9/16 14.45
4 37/64 14.86
4 1/2 19/32 15.27
5 5/8 15.7
5 1/2 41/64 16.1
6 21/32 16.51
6 1/2 43/64 16.92
7 11/16 17.35
7 1/2 45/64 17.75
8 23/32 18.19
8 1/2 47/64 18.53
9 3/4 18.89
9 1/2 49/64 19.41
10 25/32 19.84
10 1/2 51/64 20.2
11 13/16 20.68
11 1/2 53/64 21.08
12 27/32 21.49
12 1/2 55/64 21.89
13 7/8 22.33