I never take off my wedding and engagement ring. I have thrown
clay, raised children, swam and gardened with them on. Perhaps one
solution for people with the swollen knuckles is to not take the
rings off. I understand that dinner rings, opals etc. should not be
worn daily but for women whose problem is with the
wedding/engagment set, once on, one option is to leave them on.
I can almost hear the collective "GASP" from every jeweler on
Orchid. You are doing what I advise every customer NOT to do. I take
great pride in the quality of my workmanship, and I just hate to see
my beautiful work trashed. I can warrantee my work only as long as
the jewelry is not abused, and this would clearly constitute abuse.
Of course, once you purchase a piece from me, it is yours and you can
do whatever you wish to it. Gardening and throwing clay in a handmade
ring is akin to driving a new Jaguar across a field, just because you
didn't want to walk across. Don't be surprised if your expensive Jag
is junk in a very short time. I cringe every time a customer says to
me: "I never take off my rings," then they lick their finger to pull
the undersized ring from their finger, and try to hand it to me. I
politely hand them a tissue to drop it in. Years of food, dirt,
hair, skin, and whatever else they came in contact with is packed
into that setting. I'm just glad I don't sell shoes... And, unless
the ring is extremely tight, you have a greater chance of losing your
ring while swimming than you have of coming out of the water with it
still on your finger. The cold water will cause your finger to
shrink, as it lubricates your hand, and the resistance of the water
will slide your expensive ring right off your finger. I hear this
every year from at least two customers.
Aside from the damage you will do to your ring, and the hygiene
issue, I'm not sure I would ever recommend to someone who has a hard
time getting a ring over their knuckle to jam in on and leave it
there. The knuckle will usually get worse, not better, and sooner or
later, that ring will have to be cut off. I have seen some very
extreme cases where the ring was so tight that it was cutting off
circulation to the finger. Americans love to sue their friends and
neighbors,especially jewelers and doctors, and I'm sure that I would
be sued for this advise if a problem ever arose.
Adjustable ring shanks are often a "last resort" in fitting rings
to an oversized knuckle. A square, or "finger-shaped" ring will often
work, and there are simple ways to keep an oversized ring from
rolling, like the addition of balls or bars inside the shank, or even
a spring-like attachment.
Make a jeweler happy: take your rings off.
35 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701