He placed an engagement ring on your finger after you agreed to marry him and you have never been happier. You admire it every chance that you get and enjoy showing it to anyone who looks in your direction. It is a beautiful symbol of your love.
In order to keep it that way, you need to be aware that there are times that you should go out sans custom engagement ring and it is not just when you are playing wingman for one of your friends or when you and your love get into an argument.
In order to keep the rock shiny and in place do not wear it to the gym. Regardless of which activities you participate in, it is best to keep the ring at home. This is due to the fact that it could get dented by a weight. It could also put pressure on the metal that makes up the ring and end up changing the shape. If the shape of your ring is bent enough, you then risk bending the claws that hold the diamond in place which could lead to your diamond falling out.
Another time that you should keep the ring in the box is when you are cleaning. Not only do you risk bumping the GIA certified diamond on a hard surface like the kitchen counter or the floor, you can also potentially damage the ring using harsh chemicals. Bleach and ammonia can change the color of the ring and stone.
If you are planning on going for a swim, leave the ring at home. In addition to the fact that sand will get into the ring if you take it to the beach, cold water makes your fingers shrink. This can lead to the ring slipping off and getting lost in either the tide or the pool filter. Moreover, chlorine can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring as well as your platinum, gold or white gold wedding band. Speaking of water, you should also not wear your ring in the shower. Not only could the ring get loose and end up in the drain, rings can become damaged due to soap and shampoo build up.
Other times that you should take off your ring include before you get ready to go out and while cooking. Cosmetics, hair sprays, perfumes and other substances and chemicals women commonly use can cause a build-up of grime, which can cause a weakening in the natural sheen of your ring. Take it off while cooking so that you do not get grossed out by finding pieces of meat in your ring at a later time.
Finally, when you go to bed at night, you should take your ring off. It can snag the sheets or scratch either you or your fiancée. In addition, the prongs could get loose and you can end up losing your diamond in the sheets. Unless you are Mariah Carey, it would be difficult to find.