5 Fall Activities for which You Should Remove Your Jewelry

Written by: Sue Fritz | | Jewelry

Removing Your Jewelry

Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’ll be cooking a big meal for Thanksgiving, plan to take your jewelry off before you start. No one wants to spend their holiday picking stuffing out of their wedding ring! Grabbing the metal handles of your pots and pans can scratch your ring bands. Even if you can’t see the scratches at first, if your rings clank against other metals often enough, they will collect a layer of tiny scratches that dull the band’s shine. There is also a health concern when it comes to cooking in your jewelry. Rings can collect all sorts of bacteria in their intricate settings, which is of special concern when you’re handling raw meat. You won’t want that bacteria lingering on your hands when you’re serving food, eating, or shaking hands with guests!

Working Off the Winter Weight

The gym is not a safe place for your precious jewelry. Your rings can easily get pinched between your fingers and the handles of kettlebells or free weights. This can damage your ring and hurt your hand! Many weights have textured handles to help improve your grip, but those metal grooves make scratching your ring even more likely. Wedding and engagement jewelry is typically made of gold or platinum, both of which are relatively soft metals that will scratch when ground against a tougher metal like a weight bar. The gym is also full of heavy objects that could crush a setting or chip a stone. And, when your heart gets pumping during a workout, your fingers swell because of the extra blood headed to your hungry muscles. This can make working out in your wedding ring super-uncomfortable! When you’re headed to the gym, it’s best to leave your jewelry at home, or stowed safely in a locker.

Fall Yard Work

Even though fall lawns don’t require weekly mowing anymore, there is still plenty of yard work to be done. Autumn is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, and to fertilize, rake, and mulch. Digging in the dirt can damage your rings in three ways: first and most obviously it will make a mess of your ring, especially as dirt gets packed into the setting. Secondly, dirt is abrasive, and can scratch soft metals and dull your gemstones. Thirdly, the chemicals in potting soils and fertilizers can degrade the metals in your ring. Also, wearing your ring while using tools like rakes and shovels will weaken your grip and can cause painful blisters. This is not to mention the possibility of losing your ring in the soil or in a pile of leaves. Imagine coming inside after a long morning of yard work and realizing that your ring is missing. Where would you even start to look? When you’re headed out for a day of yard work, leave your rings behind.

Cleaning for Company

Our homes have an influx of visitors in the fall: trick-or-treaters at our door, friends over to watch football, and family for Thanksgiving Dinner. Fall is the perfect time to spruce up your front porch and freshen up the guest bedroom, but we can’t say it enough: cleaning and delicate jewelry do not mix. The chemicals and oils found in virtually every household cleaner can damage your jewelry. Even organic cleaners contain vinegar, whose acidity can damage your precious metals, and detergents, whose oils will stick to the faces of your precious stones. The chlorine found in bleach and the abrasive scrubbers found in bathroom cleaners are especially bad for your jewelry. Remember to remove your jewelry before you do any vigorous household cleaning.

Seasonal Crafting

Tis the season to be crafting! It’s the season for Halloween decorations, jack-o-lanterns, teacher gifts, and burlap everything. A quick glance at Pinterest shows just how gleefully we embrace the coming of fall. But whether you’re painting pinecones or re-varnishing the back deck, take your jewelry off before you begin. Paint can be a pain to get off of jewelry. In some cases (like if you’re using spray paint or an oil-based paint) you’ll have to professionally clean your jewelry because the paint won’t come off with just soap and water. Hot glue guns, power tools, paints, and adhesives are all hazards to your jewelry, and it only takes one little slip of the hand to make a big mess. Even if a project seems quick and simple, if it involves paint, glue, or machinery, take off your jewelry before you start.

Removing your jewelry for these activities will ensure that it’s shining brightly for your family gatherings, holiday pictures, and all the other festivities of the season. When your jewelry is insured through Lavalier, you can have peace of mind as you enter this active season, knowing that your jewelry is protected in virtually every circumstance.

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