1. Spring Clean
Bleach and other household cleaners can damage the settings and mountings of your ring; some products can even alter the colour of your setting or the diamond itself. So, always wear protective gloves or remove your ring altogether when you're sprucing up the homestead.
2. Do The Dishes
Harsh chemicals and dish soaps can discolour, dissolve, or otherwise damage the stone or metal bands. There's also the risk of your precious stone falling down the drain, so take off jewellery before giving your pans a scrub. It's cheaper and less hassle than calling an out-of-hours plumber to scramble around your u-bend.
3. Go To Bed
Depending on the shape and size of your ring, wearing it while you sleep at night can be a bad idea. If you have an over-sized stone with lots of edges, remove it before going to bed to avoid scratching yourself or your partner’s face accidentally in the night. The settings and claws can also catch on fabric, ruining expensive bed linen or silk pillows.
4. Go For A Swim
Submerging yourself in cold water, such as an ocean or lake, can cause your fingers to shrink. No matter how sparkly your diamond ring, you'll have a hard time finding it in the dark depths of the sea. And there's reason to be wary around swimming pools too - chlorine can wreack havoc on metals, particularly if they're exposed to the chemicals frequently and for long periods of time.
5. Prepare Food
Always remove your wedding and engagement rings when it’s your turn to cook - especially if you’re making chapatti or naan. The mix can get caught in the setting, dirtying and dulling your diamond or precious stone. And who wants to spend the evening chiselling off roti dough out of their ring?
6. Style Hair
Serum, oil, mousse, gel, heat styling spray; there’s so many products that we put through our hair after every shower to make it look bouncy and strong.?While the ingredients are unlikely to harm pure metals, your ring runs the risk of getting tangled in the strands as you work the product through your hair.
7. Visit The Spa
Whether you’ve booked yourself in for a full body massage, a manicure or are simply planning to relax in the hot tub, take off your ring to avoid eroding the metals of your rock.