For most people, the thought of losing their precious engagement ring or wedding band is a nightmare. The sentimental value of these items alone makes them worth protecting. The reality is that most of us undertake activities every day which can easily result in the loss of one of our rings.
We have assembled a list of just some of the most common ways people lost their precious rings.
1. Swimming at the beach and the ring slips off due to poor sizing or leaving it in a bag unattended.
There are several ways to lose your ring around water and you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place whether you decide to remove your rings when you go into the water or leave them on. A ring that is poorly sized and is too loose on your finger is at high risk of falling off your finger. The current in water or your fingers shrinking in the cold can result in your ring slipping off your finger without you even noticing and the chances of finding it under the waves and in the sand is incredibly low.
Conversely, if you decide to take your ring off while you swim this generally means you are leaving it unattended in a bag. This makes it a prime target for thieves particularly at the beach or public swimming pool.
2. Hotel safes
When we’re traveling we tend to be a bit out of routine. Checking in and out of different hotels, sometimes at strange hours of the day can leave you vulnerable to forgetting your ring. Sure, it makes sense to put your ring in a hotel safe but what if you forget it when you leave? And how secure are these safes anyway? Many hotels won’t have insurance to cover the value of your engagement ring if it does get stolen or go missing so you are at risk of getting next to nothing back if this were to occur.
3. Damage from lifting weights at the gym and the ring getting warped
Hitting the gym is a daily must for many of us but if you choose to wear your ring while you work out it could suffer damage. Weight bars and dumbells are big, heavy objects and if they come in contact with your ring the stone or setting can easily be damaged. Direct impact or even strong pressure against the ring from the strain of lifting can cause a plethora of damage including a warped or scratched setting or a chipped stone.
4. Washing hands and taking the ring off and leaving it on the sink at public restroom
As soap is known to cause corrosion to your ring many people choose to remove their ring while washing their hands. If you’re in a public restroom and you take the ring off and leave it by the sink it is very easy to leave it behind. It then could be minutes to hours before you realise you’ve left it and countless people have probably used the sink since. It can easily be stolen and your chance of recovering it is slim.
Whilst gardening may be therapeutic for your mind it is certainly not the best activity for your precious ring. The soil in garden beds is very dark in colour and soil on your fingers can allow the ring to move enough to fall off. If your ring comes loose whilst digging around in the soil it will be incredibly difficult to find. Not to mention soil will become lodged in every nook and cranny of the ring and damage can occur.
6. Falling down the Sink/toilet
It seems unlikely but it happens more often than you would think, your ring falls down the sink or into the toilet and is flushed away. Anytime you go near the toilet or sink with your ring on there is a chance it could end up down the waterway. As mentioned above, many people take their rings off to wash their hands and this can result in the ring being knocked accidentally down the drain. Or maybe you’re at the sink in the kitchen rinsing something and the cold water is enough to shrink your finger and allow the ring to become dislodged and before you know it it’s gone.
7. Kids misplacing them
Kids, especially toddlers can be enthralled by the sparkle of your ring. They want to wear it themselves and play with it. If they manage to get their hands on it they might not be as careful as you are. Kids put things in the strangest of places and getting a toddler to tell you where they put something is no easy feat.
You decide to do the right thing at the gym and decide to leave your ring in the change room lockers during your workout. Whilst you might be keeping your ring safe from damage you might not be keeping it safe from thieves. If you’re in a public facility, it is likely the staff members can still access your locker. Or maybe you don’t actually lock the locker when you think you have. Either way, opportunistic thieves can take your ring whilst it’s not under your watchful eye.
9. Sports and leaving unattended
Another chance for unscrupulous thieves to swoop is when you take off your ring for a sports match or training. Your ring could be gone in an instant even if you think you have your eyes on it most of the time. Big crowds that are often present in these scenarios make it even easier for someone to snatch your precious ring and be gone long before you realise.
10. Unsecured stone vanishes off claw setting while walking
Stones can be set in your ring in many different ways which is what makes your ring unique to you. However, this variety of settings also sees certain types of setting such as tension set stones more susceptible to becoming loose and falling out. Everyday wear and tear can also result in small movements and deterioration of the metal which enables the stones to become loose over time. Often it is not visible to the naked eye that a stone has become loose which is why it is important to take your ring back to your jeweller for maintenance and repair from time to time. Either way, if a stone is loose it can fall out anytime. For example if you are out for a walk a stone could vanish without you even realising.
So how can you protect yourself?
As you can see, accidents do happen and many of these things are just bad luck. Getting your rings insured can provide you with some peace of mind that you are protected if loss or damage occurs.