In general, all ring-wearers can follow the same basic guidelines for caring for their precious and meaningful bands and stones. The first thing to remember is that while hosting your ring on your hand publicizes your connection to the person you love, that doesn’t mean you should wear it all the time.
Specifically, you should avoid wearing your ring in situations that compromise its safety and quality. In other words, BECAUSE your ring is important to you, you should care for it by removing when the activity you’re performing or the environment you’re in could harm the ring.
Some examples of times you should remove your ring include when you’re engaging in sports or physical activity that involves physical contact with other people, or handling objects (like a tennis racket, a dumbbell, or a barbell, etc.) that could potentially harm the material of the band or the stone itself.
Other times you should take your ring off is when you’re gardening and cleaning the house. Dirt, shovels, hoes, cleaning supplies, chemicals and the like are all potentially harmful to your ring, no matter what it’s made of. It’s easier (and cheaper!) to take the ring off and put it in a safe place than it is to replace a lost ring or to fix a damaged band or stone.
That brings us to the next piece of advice, which is to designate one place to keep your wedding ring if you ever need to temporarily take it off. Be vigilant in placing your ring in that one place--even if you just need to take it off for a few minutes, it’s better to take the time to store the ring in that one place. This helps you completely avoid losing your ring, or having it drop down the sink. Avoid having a handful of places to leave your ring when you need to remove it.
Once you allow yourself to place your ring in any place but one, you let down your guard and risk developing bad ring-care habits. If you are nervous that people will know where your valuable gem and band are, just ensure that you don’t share with anyone where you keep your ring when it’s off your finger.
Camo engagement bands or wedding bands usually aren’t the first thing that pops into most people’s minds when they think of when they imagine a typical ring. But that doesn’t mean that camo isn’t making a strong comeback in a notable pocket of culture: high fashion.
That’s right, camouflage apparel has been featured by several designers over the decades, and fashion critics have taken note that it will almost undoubtedly reappear on the runway--in different iterations and contexts, it somehow always remains relevant. Designers like Valentino in 1995, Jean Paul Gaultier in 2000, and Louis Vuitton in 2001 incorporated camouflage prints into their designs, and models walked them down the runway while celebrities worked them on the streets.
Each designer’s motivation for drawing from the field of camo was different, but each sensed the bold statement that camo can make--and they were right. Most recently, the Versace house released a line for spring of 2016 that features camo, boldly continuing the trend of camo high fashion.
Furthermore, Pitti Uomo, which is a high-profile fashion event that happens twice a year in Florence, Italy, showed us that camo is alive and well in men’s fashion. The famous trade show, which lasts for four full days and allows brands to present their newest menswear collections, was saturated by different readings of camo in the form of fashionable apparel. Camo coats, t-shirts, and pants made their way among the busy streets, and fashion critics and photographers took note.
What can we learn from this? Well, for starters, if you have undergone any heckling for wanting a camo ring or a camo wedding, the joke’s on the hecklers. Just like these high fashion designers are constantly pulling camo prints into their lines, you are incorporating camo into a relationship you intend to be timeless. Camo is in vogue, your taste is on point, and it’s a good thing you’re vying for a pattern that is unconventional when it comes to marriage and weddings.
Unconventional is good! There are always ways to traditionalize wedding and marriage rituals. What’s more difficult is making your experience unique, and deciding on a camo ring indicates that you have a sense for what can be unique yet long-lasting.