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How to Protect Your Engagement Rings from Hand Sanitizer and Soaps?

24 Apr 2020 1:01:21 pm

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, washing and sanitising hands repeatedly has become an essential part of all our lives. This is an essential hygiene practice to protect yourself from the contagious disease. Moreover, it ensures that you remain healthy in the midst of this global crisis. In fact, even outside the pandemic, washing and sanitising hands is a great daily exercise to ensure utmost safety from harmful germs and bacteria. However, while washing and sanitising hands keeps you disease-free, it can cause damage to something that is very dear to you -- Your engagement ring.

An engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of love. At a time when such affection is supreme, you might want to ensure that the sparkle of your ring remains intact. Although, when using soaps and hand sanitisers is a mandate, a little wear and tear to your ring becomes a definite possibility. Let’s explore the different ways in which soaps and sanitisers affect your diamonds as well as precious metals.

Effect of Soaps and Sanitisers on Diamonds

Diamonds are one of the strongest substances on our planet. For this very reason, they don't crack or break when subjected to frequent exposure to chemicals in soaps of hand sanitisers. Nonetheless, a hand sanitiser with a high alcohol content can form a filmy layer on your diamonds. This can be washed off quite easily. But when the diamond is subjected to too many chemicals, its sparkle can decrease in the long run. Additionally, too much washing or rubbing can loosen the grip of the claws supporting your diamond and keeping it in place, thereby messing up the ring setting. Another common effect of sanitisers and soaps is that they may leave residues in the fine gaps in your diamond ring that might affect the overall look of your ring and make it seem worn out. 

Effects of Soaps and Sanitisers on Metals of Your Ring

Hand Wash and body soaps usually have no effect on the metal of your engagement ring. Nevertheless, something as strong as a lava soap can cause cracking or reactions. On the other hand, sanitisers, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic, play a huge role in wearing off metals in the long run. Alcoholic sanitisers may contain a very high incidence of alcohol while non-alcoholic versions may consist of chlorine. Both of these affect the ring metal badly. When it comes to white gold, these chemical agents cause the rhodium to crack or corrode off faster than the natural course. Similarly, copper alloys in rose gold also react with chemicals, leading to dulling and tarnishing over time. Albeit, when it comes to yellow gold, these chemicals usually have no effect since it requires no extra layer or film and pure gold is generally non-reactive. But even if one wears a yellow gold ring, taking care of it to avoid any wear outs is always the better thing to do. Chlorine-based non-alcoholic sanitizers usually have an ill  effect on sterling silver and may cause considerable damage to the quality of this metal.

Effective Prevention Measures for Your Engagement Ring

While soaps and sanitisers may cause some degree of wear and tear to your engagement ring, using these cannot be avoided. Keeping your jewellery shining may be important but it can never be compared to the significance of keeping your health sparkling. Here are a few ways in which you can more or less achieve both. 

  • Taking it Off

One of the ways to extend the life of your engagement ring is by taking it off when applying sanitizers or soap and putting it back on once your hand is dry. This will prevent your precious commodity from getting exposed to chemicals and prevent your diamond from long term dullness of brilliance and lack of lustre. However, if you follow a busy schedule, remembering to take off your ring each time you clean your hands might get cumbersome. 

  • Choosing the Right Product

As per the hygiene standards directed by WHO, a sanitiser having 60% alcohol content or more can keep viruses at bay. Choosing a sanitiser that has alcohol content within the range of 60-62% will have negligible effect on your ring. Additionally, it is prime to avoid using a lava soap as any normal soap will work perfectly in preventing diseases if you wash your hands properly for 20 seconds.

  • Thorough Ring Cleaning 

If you have an ultrasonic cleaner, you can put your engagement ring and other fine diamond jewellery in it two to three times a week. Although, not everyone may have this equipment. In such cases, soaking your ring in a solution of unscented soap/ dishwasher soap and warm water a few times a week will work just as well. 

  • Avoiding to Wear the Ring 

Another possible solution to avoid damage to your engagement ring amidst the current COVID 19 crisis is to keep your diamond ring, pendants, earrings and more locked up. You can start wearing these again once the pandemic is dealt with. While this may cause some emotional distress to keep your precious ring locked away, it is the safest solution

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