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3 Reasons to Have a Clean Engagement Ring

Updated on March 28, 2017
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Clean Engagement Ring = Clean Hands

Germs Under Engagement Rings

There are a plethora of germs on our hands. Normally, the solution to preventing and getting rid of bacteria is to wash your hands. Most people assume that by washing their hands they are preventing illness and disease. However, it is important to know that if you wash your hands with your rings on, you are not getting rid of most of the bacteria that is on your fingers.

With all of the nooks and crannies that rings have, they are crawling with even more bacteria than the rest of your hand.

60 billion dollars worth of jewelry is sold every year in the U.S alone, and most of it is never cleaned. These un-cleaned pieces have been shown to have 10 fold higher bacteria levels than your skin - AFTER washing your hands!

— myvintagespirit.com

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A number of studies has been conducted regarding jewelry hygiene. British Medical Journal discovered that "mean bacterial counts were higher on ring-wearing fingers (1600 compared to 180 for non-ring wearing fingers). Their survey included 50 nurses working on medical and surgical wards who permanently wore rings and studied the microorganisms isolated from skin under the rings. Forty percent of these nurses (20 nurses) had Gram-negative bacilli on the skill under their rings."

Preparing Food

Preparing food is a particular situation in which bacteria and germs can be spread very easily, even without rings on your hands. If you don't wash your hands before preparing food, you can transmit whatever bacteria is on your hands to your food. If you're preparing food for others, you could possibly cause illness for them and yourself. If you don't wash your hands during and after food preparation, you can transmit bacteria from raw food to whatever you touch afterward. This could easily include your mouth, which could also cause you to develop a bacterial illness such as E.coli and Salmonella, that comes specifically from raw food.

Due to the fact that rings house a larger amount of microorganisms on and around themselves, it is wise to remove your rings before preparing food and, as mentioned above, wash your hands. Don't put your ring back on until after you've prepared the food completely and washed your hands again.

Many restaurants have a jewelry policy for handling food. According to Food Safety Magazine, "Anyone entering a food processing area must remove all jewelry, including rings, brooches, watches, pins, earrings, necklaces and visible piercings.​" It is important to understand the importance of avoiding contamination due to jewelry. HACCP Mentor explains the reasons for not allowing jewelry in any type of food preparation. One reason is that it is much harder to ensure your hands have been properly washed if you have rings on. Bacteria can hide within and under jewelry. Another reason is that the jewelry might fall into the food which would obviously cause contamination.

Using the Restroom

As you can imagine, using the restroom while wearing jewelry can cause the same type of implications that it does when using your jewerly during meal preparation. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) states that, "A single gram of human feces which is about the weight of a paper clip can contain one trillion germs." These type of germs can be picked up from touching almost anything in a restroom. If you don't remove your ring before using the bathroom, these type of microorganisms will be trapped under your ring, and will be spread onto everything else that you touch for the rest of the day.

If the information provided thus far hasn't convinced you to have a clean engagement ring, here are a couple more reasons.

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A Clean Engagement Ring is Beautiful

For the most part, women love shiny things. Getting your engagement ring inspected and cleaned regularly will ensure its shiny and beautiful look. Every time you get your ring cleaned, it will feel like it's brand new again. It provides a sense of freshness and cleanliness. Who doesn't like to feel and look sparkly clean and polished?

You Can Usually Find An Affordable Local Jewelry Store to Clean Your Engagement Ring For You


One more reason to have a clean engagement ring is because there are many local jewelry stores that will provide affordable (sometimes even free) cleanings and inspections for your engagement ring. This will make it simple for you to ensure that you are getting rid of a lot of microorganisms on your hands.

In the meantime, remember to take off your ring before using the bathroom and before preparing any type of food. This will help you avoid illness and disease until you can go in to get a legitimately clean engagement ring by a professional jewelry store.

© 2017 Matt

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