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When to Remove Your Engagement Ring

Once you’ve put your beautiful ring on your finger for the first time, we totally understand why you might never want to take it off!

Diamond and moissanite, some of the hardest and most durable substances on earth, are perfect for everyday jewellery — provided they are treated with care.

There are some situations where removing your ring may help to protect its long-lasting shine and durability. We recommend removing it while:

In the Shower, Pool, Hot Tub, or During Tanning

To maintain the beauty and longevity of your ring, and to minimise the risk of losing it, it's best to take off your ring before entering the shower, pool, hot tub, or engaging in tanning activities.

The high levels of chlorine in a swimming pool can add grime to the surface of your gemstone, blocking light from entering the stone and dulling its sparkle.

We recommend 18k gold because it resists chlorine damage better, which is a rare issue more likely to affect white and rose gold. White gold might lose its rhodium plating and rose gold can discolour, but our 18k yellow gold, made with high-quality alloys, is generally more durable. Significant damage usually only occurs with prolonged exposure to chlorine.

Copper in rings is specifically sensitive to chlorine, which can weaken the setting over time. Often, this damage is not visible to the naked eye and only becomes noticeable once the prongs of your ring become weak and compromised. If the prongs of your ring aren’t solid, the stone may fall out. But our high-quality alloys are designed to be strong, so this kind of damage is not common with normal use.

Similarly, the chemicals/heat temperature used in the shower, hot tub, or during tanning sessions can cause structural damage to your ring’s setting. To avoid damaging or knocking your ring, we recommend removing it before getting in the shower, pool, hot tub, or while tanning – and always make sure to put it somewhere safe!

At the Gym

It’s best not to wear your ring to the gym.

If you are performing any activity that involves contact (e.g. lifting weights, boxing), then you should definitely take off your ring. Activities that require you to grip something with force can damage the metal of your ring at once or gradually over time, and if repeated often they may cause your band to warp or snap.

In The Ocean

It’s important to take off your ring before going to the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Like chlorine, the sodium chloride in salt water can discolour the precious metals of your ring and weaken the joints of your ring’s setting. The impact of seawater on your ring is a gradual process and often isn’t noticeable until a prong becomes too weak to hold the stone in place – and by then, it may be too late.

Another reason we recommend removing your ring before getting into the ocean is to lower your risk of losing it. Cold water can temporarily shrink your fingers, meaning your ring will fit more loosely, and will be at risk of slipping off. To be safe, it’s best to remove your ring before having a dip.

While Doing House Chores

When you're doing housework like cooking, cleaning, or gardening, it's important to look after your ring. Cleaning products, hand sanitisers with alcohol, and other things with chemicals can make your ring's precious metal change colour. Also, if you're using your hands a lot for tough jobs, your ring could get hit or damaged.

In Bed

This is entirely up to personal preference; however, for extra protection and safety of your ring, we recommend removing it before going to bed.

Although it isn’t necessarily dangerous for you to wear your ring to bed, there is a chance that you could snag it on your sheets, hair, or clothes during the night (especially if it features a raised setting!). Snagging can potentially damage the prongs of your ring and loosen the stone in its setting. If you do choose to remove your ring before bed, make sure to place it in a safe place such as a ring dish, fabric-lined jewellery box, or a ring pouch.