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Taking Off The Ring

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Brides Guide, Featured | 4 Comments

Her wedding was touted as the celebration of the year and calling her rock “enormous” may be an understatement. However, recently Kim Kardashian has been spotted sans enagement ring.

In case you forgot, back in May, Kris Humphries presented Kim with a 20.5-carat platinum engagement ring designed by Lorraine Schwartz worth an estimated $2 million. On her actual wedding day (which will be broadcast on E! this Sunday, October 9th) the bride and groom exchanged wedding bands, also designed by Lorraine, that cost a mere $200,000.

One would think that with diamonds like those on her finger she would never want to take them off! But, don’t jump to any conclusions. Kim and Kris are not on the rocks. Instead Kim explains to Women’s Wear Daily why she doesn’t always wear her ring:

“I don’t wear [any jewelry] to work out. I was leaving the gym yesterday and I didn’t have my ring on, and there [were] all these photographers taking pictures, and I said to my sister, ‘Just watch, Kourtney. You will see a story ‘Kim Without Her Ring. Trouble in Paradise.’”

Kim is not alone is her decision to not wear her engagement or wedding ring. Besides the obvious and the most worrisome explanation (“trouble in paradise”) it seems that comfort is the main reason women don’t wear their rings.

Although it is customary, many times wearing your engagement ring and your wedding band on the same finger can be uncomfortable. For this reason, many women opt to wear only their wedding band and save their engagement ring for special occasions.

On the other hand, it seems silly to not wear your engagement ring. After all, it is quite the investment piece and for a ring that is supposed to represent love and commitment, it could be considered counter intuitive to take it off. For celebrities or women with large rings, the threat of it being stolen or scratched is also a definite possibility.

What do you think? Should engagement rings be worn at all times or are there exceptions?


  1. Travis Drouin
    October 6, 2011

    My wife does this … she won’t wear her rings to the gym or when she cooks, etc. She’s worried about comfort and keeping them clean. Drives me nuts though! I wear mine 100% of the time, and those rings for her cost a lot of $$ … I want to see them get their use and then some! :-)

  2. Elisabeth
    October 11, 2011

    I don’t care about it getting scratched or dirty… Your ring SHOULD look used. Your relationship is a part of your life no matter how rocky it gets, your ring should be too. The only times I take it off is if there is a chance of it falling off and getting lost because it’s irreplaceable (much like my fiance).

  3. Rachel Jones (Posh By Jones)
    October 11, 2011

    In my opinion; taking off of the engagement ring or wedding ring shows the value of the object. I often took off my engagement ring(3 carats) when washing the dishes, yard work so that I would not damage it. But you can beat after everything was all cleaned up I put it back on. ;)

  4. Linda
    October 11, 2011

    It is the relationship that is important, not the ring. I would have been willing to marry my husband with no ring at all, and in the beginning, we only had two modest gold bands. After we had been married for 10 years, I lost my wedding band – he had lost his much earlier than that! We remained happily married for the next 25 years without rings, and I never felt less married.

    Now, after 35 years, we are replacing our rings. You can be sure I will take better care of my new one, because the ring we are getting now is MUCH more expensive than my original $75.00 14K gold band. My new band is 18K gold, fancier in design, more fragile and many times more expensive. When I do things that might damage it, I will be leaving it safely in my jewelry box until the gardening, housework, exercising is done. I will enjoy wearing it when I am more dressed up, but for regular work days, I intend to protect it. Wearing my old ring all the time and everywhere is how I lost it in the first place and I want this ring to last the rest of my life.

    My husband is also buying me an “everyday” ring made of sterling silver, and that will be the ring I wear most of the time. It will still function as a wedding ring, but losing or damaging it won’t represent such a heavy loss.

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