Many women are fearful of losing or damaging their engagement ring, and with good reason! You’ll be wearing that rock every single day for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to take good care of it. While diamonds may be one of the hardest substances in the world, there are still environmental factors which can damage both the stone and the band. Not to mention, there are situations where you might be as risk of the ring falling off your hand! There are some definite no-no’s when it comes to when and where to wear your ring, so here are five situations you should be wary of...

1. At the Beach

We all love the beach, unfortunately, our sparkly companions do not. There are a few reasons for this, the obvious ones are the sea and sand. If your ring slips off your hand on the beach or in the sea, your chances of finding it again are pretty slim. Another reason is less obvious, but definitely just as important. We all know how sand can get everywhere and anywhere, and you can almost guarantee bringing half the beach back with you everytime you go. Well much like the pesky grains getting in our beach bags and towels, sand can place itself within your ring, setting itself under the diamond.

2. Pumping Iron

If you’re an avid gym goer, be careful! Whilst pounding the pavements or treadmill won’t do your rings any harm, using weights will. If you incorporate weight training into your routine then it’s worth leaving your ring safe and sound at home. This is because the pressure applied by the weight of the lifting bar upon the band of your ring could cause it to buckle and bend under the strain. There's also the risk you could hurt yourself if your ring catches on a piece of gym equipment. This should be especially avoided if you have a pave’ style ring, or a cluster diamond ring, as the smaller stones are more prone to falling out of their setting.

3. Showering/Bathing

Just like suncream, any of your favourite bath bombs, soaps or beauty cult faves will likely cause a cloudy buildup on your ring, dulling its sparkle. Even worse, products have a way of getting right underneath your stone which can be even harder to remove, and is likely to cost you if you need to have it professionally cleaned. As a general rule, you should remove your ring whenever you are applying creams and lotions to your skin.

4. Swimming Pools

Unlike the sea, pools are not endless and filters can be thoroughly checked and even drained should you lose your diamond ring while swimming. However, as much of a headache as that would be, chlorine is the thing that you should stay well clear of. Chlorine is found in many pools, and even salt-treated pools will play host to a number of nasty chemicals that will damage the stone and the metal. The same goes for hot tubs, so it's best to remove your ring and keep it somewhere safe before swimming.

5. Spring Cleaning

In fact, cleaning anything! Washing the dishes, the car, or the bathtub can put your hands in contact with some fairly noxious chemicals. Diamonds and other precious gems are at risk of discolouration, so if you're going to be dealing with any cleaning chemicals it makes sense to keep your engagement ring safe.