Well, it's that time of year again in Arkansas when the heat isn't the only thing that is going up. Often as the humidity rises our fingers swell making it very hard to put on and take off rings. Below are some tips you can try before calling the fire department or making a trip to the ER. (By the way, you don't have to do either. We can cut your ring off for free and it isn't painful either.)
Tip 1 to getting a stuck engagement ring or wedding band off your finger is to relax. Pushing and pulling can, and often does, cause your knuckle and finger swell. Give it some time to rest. Then relax your knuckle, finger slightly bent, grab the top of your engagement ring with your pointer finger and middle finger on either side of the diamond, and your thumb at the bottom of the shank (band at the bottom). Push up with your thumb from the bottom while relaxing your finger with a slight bend in your knuckle. Pull gently while pushing from the bottom with your thumb. Most of the time the ring will slide off. If it doesn't just slip off try twisting from side to side. But if it's really on there try tip 2.
Tip 2 makes me think of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", Windex. Yeah, Windex, I know what your thinking, really. But Windex is perfect amount of slip and slide without making a nasty thick coat on your ring and clouding up your diamonds and gemstones. It will actually help clean your ring and add a little sparkle back. You can also pore a little in a travel size spray bottle and keep it in your purse.
Tip 3 gives me the chills, cold water. Lets get real, it's HOT in Arkansas and we have the humidity to back it up causing a nice mix of body swelling factors. (We aren't going to talk about the salty foods and drinks at cook outs.... nope, not going to use that one,.....yep, it's the weather, I'll blame it on the weather.) So, the opposite of heat is cool. Ever notice how your ring fits loose in the winter and tight in the summer? So we have to just add the cold factor and see if it works. Soak your hand in cold water for a few minutes. Try and see if it comes off then.
Tip 4 is one I have never personally tried, but I've heard of people doing it. Dental floss wrap method. What you do is take one end of the floss and run it between your finger and the shank (bottom) of the ring. Then you take the rest of the floss and wrap it around your finger to the knuckle. Take the end that is sticking out from under your ring and slowly unwind it towards the knuckle. Again, I have not tried this one, so you will have to let me know if it works for you.
Tip 5 Now if you have tried all of the above and it hasn't worked, don't get Uncle John's wire cutters and start hacking away at it. You can really do damage to the ring and your pocket book. Come in to see us, you don't have to have an appointment. We have a special saw that will protect your finger from the blade and will give us a nice neat line in the cut so we can just size it up no problem. Also, if the cut is jagged you can really cut your finger trying to pull it off. So just be safe and come see us. Takes a few minutes.
Now that the ring is off your finger, do you have a nice "ghost ring" still on your finger? If the answer is yes, give your finger time to fill back in. We recommend waiting about two weeks to see if it fills back in. If you have had your ring on since your wedding day in 1953 and it's never been off since, you might have to wait longer. But boy I bet you both have had a great time over the years... =)
Now, sometimes it not the back of the finger that is the problem, but the knuckle. Sometimes just sizing a ring up can allow for you to take it off and on, but the ring will spin once on. Which drives most women crazy. Come in and see us about different options we can offer to help with that problem as well.
****Note, this information is not recommended if you have injured your finger. PLEASE go see a doctor about your finger and we can worry about the ring later.****
3rd Generation Jeweler and Sales Manager for Wirt’s Jewelers