If you’ve just been presented with a sparkly new engagement ring, chances are you want to do everything you can to protect it and keep it looking brilliant for years to come. One great way to add an extra layer of security and some bonus sparkle is to invest in a ring guard.
In this guide, we’re going over the basics of ring guards, including what they do and whether or not you need one to keep your ring in mint condition.
What Are Ring Guards?
As you probably guessed, ring guards are meant to guard your engagement ring from damage or falling off. They feature either a straight or curved design around the center stone or any other protrusions, helping to keep the ring in place and protect the edges from scratching. Unfortunately, ring guards generally don’t protect the stones in the setting, and your center and accent stones could still fall out. However, they can help prevent your ring from falling off or getting scratched.
For many people, the protection aspect is just a secondary benefit. Ring guards also serve as extra accessories designed to help enhance rings and make them look bigger, more sparkly or more unique. They often look like they’re part of the original ring and add something to it. Although they’re often used to complement solitaire engagement rings, you can use ring guards to enhance your wedding band and fashion rings as well.Shop Our Wedding Ring Sets For Complementary Rings
Types of Ring Guards
Thinking about going big with a glittery guard? There are two common types of ring guards you should know about before committing to one.
- Stacking Ring Guard – A stacking ring guard is a pair of rings that goes around your main ring to protect it around the edges. These two rings, which are usually identical or very similar aesthetically, act as a guard for the middle ring to prevent it from scratching or falling off. If you love the chic look of stacked wedding rings and want a little extra protection, this is a great option.
- Enhancer Ring Guard – Also known as a single ring guard, the enhancer-style ring guard is one ring that looks like two. It features a slot in the middle so the center ring can be inserted between the two bands, protecting it around the edges. This will help keep the ring in place and add some bulk and depth all around.
Why Use a Ring Guard?
Ring guards are often made to be equally as beautiful as your main ring, featuring either an all-metal design or a band enhanced with sparkly gems and elaborate designs. Many people choose to wear ring guards to enhance the look of their current ring, make it look bigger or upgrade it to something more elaborate or special. Other people choose to wear a ring guard — well, to guard their ring!
Do You Need One?
So, now for the ultimate question: Do you really need one? The answer is no. Even typical engagement rings are meant to be worn every day and stand up to some amount of wear and tear. Look for rings made from durable materials like sterling silver with a rhodium plating to ensure that they stand the test of time. Choosing more affordable styles with simulated diamonds is also a safe bet if you work and play in more rough environments.
Unless you want to change the aesthetic of your ring somehow — to add volume, sparkle or create that uber-popular stacked look, for example — you really don’t need a ring guard. Instead, know how to properly care for your ring so it stays protected and keeps its great shape for years to come. Know when to take it off — hint: anytime you’re getting wet or sweaty — and keep a silicone ring in the rotation for when you don’t want to risk damaging your precious one.Shop Our Silicone Wedding Bands and Rings
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