Your lifestyle isn’t something that often pops to mind when you're thinking of choosing a new ring, whether as a gift for yourself, someone else or as an engagement ring. However, it’s actually an important factor that you should consider in order to get the most out of your jewellery.
Whether you’re at work or play, there are a number of factors to consider before you go ring shopping. Let’s take a look:
What type of work do you do?
If you work with your hands often - for example, gardening, cleaning, sculpting or labour - it’s important to choose a ring that’s more sturdy, alongside being easier to clean. As such, smooth detailing is a must, without nooks and crannies in which dirt can get easily trapped.
Also, you should consider the safety of the environment in which you work. If you work in the armed forces, are a police officer or security guard for example, it’s perhaps best to choose something a little more discreet. Not only is this a more professional look, but a less noticeable ring means it’s less likely to get stolen or damaged.
On the other hand, however, if you are in the jewellery business yourself, or other professions which require a more affluent professional image, such as a salesperson, estate agent or fashion designer, you have free reign to go a bit wild with your design.
Of course, this entirely depends on whether you’re going to be wearing your ring at all times - if you want a more lavish ring but are working in a sector in which it wouldn’t be appropriate, you could always consider getting a separate, more simple band to wear at work, and keep your main ring for everything else.
What do you do in your free time?
But it’s not just work life that matters when it comes to choosing a ring. Ensuring you have a ring that fits into your hobbies and lifestyle is just as important!
For example, if you’re a sports enthusiast, it might be a bad idea to wear a large, intricate diamond ring whilst you’re playing. Not only might you damage the ring itself if you take a knock, but there might even be a risk of scratching or hurting your teammates. As such, if you’re planning on wearing your ring while you play, choosing a simpler, sturdier band like platinum is important to ensure it doesn’t get damaged.
If you enjoy travelling and go travelling often, you similarly might want to go for a ring that’s a little more discreet. Also, you’d want to make sure it’s a relatively tight fit on your finger! There’d be nothing worse than losing your new ring somewhere abroad.
The bottom line really is that it’s important to consider the practicalities of your new ring, but don’t feel like these are set in stone rules to stop you! If you want a design that practically wouldn’t work, then just consider when and where it’s best to wear it instead.