If you just got engaged, congratulations! We wish you the very best in your new chapter.
But you are not here because of this – while you may be over the moon over this new step in your life, you may be feeling confused and a little frazzled, especially if your engagement is leaving behind a mark.
Even if your other fashion rings may have at some point left marks on your finger, your engagement ring leaving a mark on your finger may point to something else, which is what we will be addressing in this article.
So, let’s get right into it.
Should my engagement ring leave a mark?
While your engagement ring shouldn’t leave a mark, ideally, there is a chance that your engagement ring may still leave a mark, even if you do everything right and even if yours is the best quality engagement ring.
There are different circumstances in which the ring may leave a mark without causing any discomfort, so if your engagement ring leaves the ring but is also associated with discomfort and pain, you may want to take it off or rethink keeping it on.
In most cases, the engagement ring leaves a mark, even when there is no pain on your finger. So, while the engagement ring shouldn’t leave a mark, there is a chance that it will leave a mark on your fingers.
Why Does my ring leave a mark?
Rings leave marks of different kinds on the fingers, and there are many instances where the ring may leave marks. So, why would your ring leave a mark on your fingers?
Metallic Abrasion. Metallic abrasion happens when the metals that the ring is made of react with the components in the lotions and cosmetics.
Since most of the creams and lotions contain some minerals, these body care products are hard and will wear out the jewelry, albeit at a microscopic level.
When this happens, the tiny metal particles in the ring will be worn off the skin, and these particles will then react with the chemicals that come in contact with your skin, forming some kind of black film or dark, hence the mark or the discoloration that you will notice on your skin.
So, whenever you apply lotions, creams, or makeup, you should permanently remove your jewelry, choosing to wear the jewelry as the last step. Also, you could try different jewelry options if you think it will end the problem.
Perspiration may also cause the ring to leave a mark on the finger, especially if the ring is made of metals or metal alloys that are used and are reactive.
So, if the engagement ring is alloyed with metals like copper or nickel, it may react with your skin, causing an allergic reaction, which may leave your skin with black or green marks.
Note that you can expect the marks on pieces of jewelry made of copper such as sterling silver or tungsten carbide and even white gold that may have some nickel incorporated in them.
To avoid the dark marks, some of the metals that make the best engagement rings include Argentium Silver, platinum, or cobalt chrome options.
Tightness/ Incorrect Ring Size. The ring may also create marks on your finger if it’s too right. While your engagement ring should be a little right, the tightness shouldn’t feel uncomfortable or painful.
Some of the signs of a tight ring include the appearance of a muffin top, tingling on your finger, pain, inability to remove the ring, or the fact that you cannot turn the ring around.
How tight should an engagement ring be?
While your engagement ring needs to have a tight fit, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. So, how tight should it be?
Well, your ring should be tight or snug, but you should be able to get it off easily.
The ring should slide off the knuckles with little friction and resistance and without causing any pain, meaning you should use very little force when removing the ring.
If you have to remove the ring using soap and water, then the ring is too tight.
The ring is also too tight if it forms a muffin top or a bulge around it. The ring should also fit snugly, but it shouldn’t swell, hurt, or tingle. Also, it should leave any indentation marks on your finger.
And if it leaves indentation marks too deep in your finger, then it’s too tight – you can tell that the ring is too tight if it leaves a depressed indentation mark or if it leaves a discolored mark where the ring was when you finally take it off.
How to wear your engagement ring comfortably
For comfort when wearing your engagement ring, you need to make sure that the ring slides over the knuckle seamlessly or with very little friction.
It should fit your finger snugly but without causing pain, itchiness, or any other kind of discomfort. If the ring forms a muffin top, or is too hard to remove, or leaves you in pain, it’s too tight, and you shouldn’t probably get it resized.
Your engagement ring may leave a mark where it sits, but if it leaves a deep mark and causes pain, a muffin top, or even itching, you should avoid wearing it.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.