Updated: Mar 14, 2019
What? Silicone rings? Why would I want to wear a silicone ring instead of my beautiful, expensive wedding band? That’s just crazy talk! I’m here to tell you…there are many reasons why, with the first and foremost being safety…finger safety. Does that sound dramatic? It IS dramatic!
How many people do you know who have had their finger swell so much they had to have their ring cut off? Sometimes it’s due to an accident, and sometimes it’s from too much Pad Thai over the weekend. Either way, you can’t get that ring off. It can be painful and dangerous! Sometimes cutting the ring off is the only way to save the finger.
Why Buy Silicone Rings?
Silicone rings have become a recent trend for people who live an active lifestyle. These rings are a safealternative to your traditional wedding bands. Silicone rings are comfortable, attractive, and designed to break away if caught on something that won’t give. There is not a ring on the planet that is worth losing a finger over!
Work and Missions
People who participate in activities that could damage the ring, or injure their finger are prone to leaving the ring at home. Many people work in industries that are not conducive to wearing jewelry.
For example, firefighters, airplane mechanics, professional athletes, police, military… these fields and many more can put your ringed fingers at risk. People in these fields are prime candidates to wear silicone rings. Lastly, let's not forget about missionaries serving, or preparing to serve, a full time mission. Missionaries often where rings that represent their faith, such as a CTR ring. Missionaries use their hands in several service projects during their mission and silicone rings are the best option to preventing injuries.
Many people don’t wear their expensive jewelry when they are on vacation. The risk of having jewelry lost or stolen is not worth it. Scuba diving, zip lining, deep sea fishing…all things where you could lose a ring, or have an injury. Silicone rings are a great alternative to wear while keeping your “real” rings in the safe at home.
Active lifestyles such as CrossFit, weightlifting, basketball, rock-climbing…all activities that can not only damage your ring, but put you at risk for losing a finger. Dunking a basketball or hopping over a fence have both been known to separate a finger from the hand. This injury is called ring avulsion, or degloving.
What exactly is ring avulsion? Ring avulsion occurs when you catch your ring on something as you fall or jump. Violently torn off your finger, the ring takes the flesh, muscle, and tendons with it. Ouch! Ortho Bullets, a physician learning community, goes into quite a bit of detail on the subject but be warned, the pictures are graphic and pretty disturbing.
Healthline.com also discusses the phenomenon. They make a point of saying this injury can happen to anyone, not just those in high-risk careers. I mean, if it can happen to Jimmy Fallon in his own kitchen, it can happen to anyone. Jimmy tripped on a braided rug in his kitchen, caught his wedding ring on the edge of a table while he was falling, and nearly lost his finger. In this YouTube video Jimmy Fallon tells his story.
The University of Utah HealthFeed discusses what happened to Jimmy Fallon’s finger. “The ring ends up pulling the skin off,” says Douglas Hutchinson, M.D., a hand and microvascular surgeon with University of Utah Health Care. “Then it pulls the arteries, tendons and bones. It’s not a clean cut at all, which makes it very difficult to fix.“ He goes on to say that most of these injuries cannot be fixed. They end up cutting the finger off.
Ring Avulsion Prevention
Silicone rings are made to break away if they get caught on something. The silicone ring will break, not your finger. The rings are affordable, so if you break it, it’s easy to replace. You can buy them in sets that have several colors to match your outfit, or even stackable for a different look.
Are Silicone Rings Right For You?
All-in-all I think these silicone rings are fantastic! Keep your jewelry AND your fingers safe. I have friends that spent many years in the military, and most of them were unable to wear a wedding ring due to the hazard. Now I am starting to see some folks wearing these new silicone rings. Most of them say their wives wear them too. Maybe it’s time to consider getting one for yourself, but they also make wonderful gifts.
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