Engagement Rings for Nurses
Shopping for engagement rings for those who work with their hands can be a stressful experience. It is important to consider how easily damaged the ring is, how obtrusive it is, and of course, personal taste. Perhaps diamond engagement rings for nurses may seem impossible to pick out, but fear not, there is an engagement ring out there for everybody if they just know what to look for!
Since nurses will typically wear their rings in the hospital, the cleanliness factor remains of the utmost importance. Bezel set rings provide a smooth outer layer of metal to not only protect the diamond against dirt and grime, but to also prevent the ring from being scratched, or worse, scratching someone else. A bar setting, on the other hand, allows for the ring to have many accent diamonds, but since the diamonds are set so close together, it makes it nearly impossible for dirt to make its way into the crevices. No dirt means easy clean-up!
Engagement Ring Metal & Setting
Although gold is the typical engagement ring metal, nurses may opt for something a tad more durable. Platinum, for example, can mimic the shine of metals while still remaining relatively scratch-free. For someone who is constantly using her hands, switching out the metal is almost a must. Gold is simply too soft to take care of, and the woman will be spending more time thinking about her poor ring than going out to save lives.
A lower setting engagement ring is also ideal for a nurse. With a diamond located closer to the hand, there is less risk for the ring to get in the way of her everyday duties. The less obtrusive the ring, the better!
How to Care for the Ring
Ultimately, a nurse will inevitably have to take extra care to make sure her ring is not getting damaged. Although many nurses may be tempted to take off the ring throughout the day to avoid scratching it, this practice actually has more negative effects than positive ones. Taking the ring on and off gives the nurse more opportunity to lose the ring. Typically, this is when rings get misplaced. It may be part of a nurse’s duty to touch alcoholic or other harsh chemicals throughout the day. While these chemicals may be necessary to complete her duties, a nurse should try to avoid touching these chemicals with her ring hand to prevent damaging the ring. Additionally, making sure the ring fits well and will not slip off is important with any engagement, but it carries special importance with a nurse. Think of all of the time a nurse has to lose her ring because she uses her hands all day every day. With a properly fitted ring, her odds of losing the ring go way down.
Some nurses may choose not to wear their engagement rings at all while on the job. Commonly, many may wear wedding bands for nurses or attach the ring to a chain to wear around their neck during the day. This choice is all about what works best for the nurse to be able to operate on a daily basis. See our top ring picks below for ring styles that work best for nurses.