If you are recently engaged, you probably want to show off that bling whenever possible, which I am wholly supportive of! However, it's also important to take extra good care of it, because you probably want it to last...you know...forever.
So, there are a few times where it's totally okay to leave your ring out of sight, so you can keep it sparkling forever.
Here's exactly when to take off your engagement ring for safe keeping...
Working Out - A combination of fast movement, hard equipment, and a lot of sweat will increase the chances of damaging your ring. Even if you are playing a sport, it's possible it could slip off without you realizing until it's too late.
Swimming - Wearing your ring while swimming is a hard "no". Aside from the fact that if you lose it, it's a million times more difficult to find, the chlorine and chemicals in swimming pools can be extremely harmful. It's just not worth it.
Washing Dishes - The obvious reason here is that it would be truly inconvenient if your ring fell down the sink drain. Since dish soap makes things slippery, this is much more likely. However, if you aren't a fan of removing your ring for every load of dishes, just invest in a pair of rubber gloves. Plus? You'll also protect your skin at the same time!
Showering or taking a bath - can we just agree that activities with water, chemicals and/or soap we can just skip when it comes to engagement rings? Certain shower soaps can leave a residue that will make your ring look dingy and dirty.
Cooking or Baking - If you are making a simple meal, you don't need to worry about removing your ring, but if you are making something that is literally more hands on, take it off. Kneading dough, cutting veggies, or making fresh burgers could all effect your ring...I mean, at the very least, you don't want to get food stuck in the prongs.
Sleeping - I'm not going to lie...I sleep with my ring on, sometimes. However, it may not be the best advice. Over time, your setting could get bend or the stone could come loose.
Doing housework - Cleaning, gardening, painting, moving furniture...so many different ways to accidentally damage your ring while working around the house or renovating. Just play it safe.
Applying beauty products - like a lot of things, beauty products will create buildup over time. Some more abrasive chemicals, like acetone or toothpaste could even discolor or weaken your ring.
Ring Maintenance - A lot of jewelers will offer maintenance on your ring twice a year as a complimentary or discounted service if you've purchased a ring from them. Some will even require it if you've purchased ring insurance. I strongly recommend you do this. Even if you don't think it needs it, jewelers put your ring under a microscope and can take a closer look at bends/imperfections that you may not be able to see with the naked eye.
Can you think of any other times you would take your ring off or do you have a cautionary tale? Share it in the comments below!