The last few months, the whole world is captivated by the coronavirus. The virus can spread easily and to avoid this, various guidelines have been drawn up such as to avoid close contact with anyone that has a fever or cough, covering the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and frequently washing your hands. However, the risks that jewellery brings along hasn’t been discussed that much. As a result, we get many emails and DMs from you guys asking if it’s safe to wear jewellery right now or if the virus can be spread through it. In this blog post, we will tell you if it’s better not to wear your jewellery for a while or if it doesn’t matter that much.
Should I take my rings off during the Coronavirus crisis?
We use our hands and fingers for most daily tasks. As a result, they are one of the most common ways the virus spreads from one person to another. That’s why it’s so extremely important to wash your hands regularly. If you do this on a regular base, either with water and soap or with hand sanitiser, and follow the guidelines communicated by the RIVM, you might think that bacteria don’t have a chance. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true if you wear rings. Most people aren’t aware of this, but your rings can cause the virus to spread further.
Bacteria can gather under your ring because they like moist, warm places. When you wash your hands with your ring on, you don’t wash part of your finger so bacteria can remain there. It’s also not enough to ensure that your ring is completely clean if you just wash your hands as advised by the RIVM. Instead, you could take your ring off when washing your hands. To avoid recontamination, the ring should always be thoroughly cleaned before you put it back on. However, cleaning your ring too often can damage it.
All the rings of our collection are made of stainless steel. Although this material doesn’t discolour, if it comes in contact with water and soap too often, it can become dull. Also, hand sanitiser should be used with caution if you wear rings. Hand sanitiser can tarnish the ring because of the alcohol it contains. So based on both safety and the lifetime of your rings, it’s advisable to store them in your jewellery box for now (after you’ve cleaned them properly) and put them back on after the pandemic.
Can I wear my bracelets, necklaces, and earrings during the Coronavirus outbreak?
But what about your bracelets, necklaces, and earrings? How easily can the virus be spread through those jewellery items? You could take these items off, just to be sure, but luckily the chance that the virus is spread through these jewellery items is much smaller than through rings. However, it’s wise to clean your bracelets, necklaces, and earrings more regularly during this pandemic. To clean your items, we recommend using a soft polishing cloth because this doesn’t damage your jewellery items in any way.
Are you going to store your rings for a while? And what about your other jewellery items? Let us know in the comments below!