Prior to the wedding day, many grooms will say that they've never worn a ring before. That means that few think twice about keeping their new band on while doing the everyday activities they're accustomed to. As it turns out, though, some of the most common things we do each day can be incredibly detrimental to the health of our rings—wedding bands are sentimental lifetime pieces that should be cherished and taken care of. To that end, we asked jewelry designer Mark Broumand to share the five most common things men are doing each day that might be ruining their wedding bands.
Not having it sized.
It's very important that you choose a wedding band that's the correct size for your ring finger. "Make sure that you fit the band to be of the right size," says Broumand. "There should be a slight struggle over the knuckle so that the band does not slip off the finger easily. We recommend getting sized at a professional jewelry store. This will ensure that you do not loose this valuable piece." A loose ring doesn't just run the risk of being lost—too much movement during everyday activities could result in a bent or dinged band.
Take off your wedding band before going to the gym! It's crucial for the longevity of your ring. Broumand says, "The metal of the weights will bend it out of shape and create dings and dents that will wear out the shine of the metal."
Doing manual labor.
Whether you have a job that requires you to work with your hands or you spend a great deal of time cleaning up the yard and tinkering withy our car, your wedding band should be left inside when you're doing any manual labor. While the ring could get bent or dinged, it's a safety issue for you, too. Silicone bands are a good alternative option to wear during the workday if you don't want to go without a ring.
Washing your hands or dishes.
Hand soap can stick to the metal of your wedding band, thus dulling its shine. Taking your ring off each time you wash your hands (and carefully stowing it in your pocket if you're our in public) is important. The same goes for dish soap—take your band off before doing the dishes to protect the life of your ring, our expert says.
Not having it checked, cleaned, or refinished.
The easiest way to prevent major damage is to catch it early. That's why not having it looked at or refinished by a professional jeweler is the number one thing you're doing that will negatively impact the life of your wedding ring. During a routine cleaning, your jeweler will be able to identify any potential issues; these can often be remedied before unrepairable damage happens. Regular cleaning (every six months to a year, ideally) and refinishing are important steps you should take, too. "A refinishing of the band every one to two years is essential," Broumand says. "This includes the rebuffing and re-polishing of the piece so that it looks like new."