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You're about to remove your ring, and—ouch!—it won't budge. You tug and pull, but it seems to have a mind of its own. Suddenly, you feel like you're in a horror movie, and the ring is the zombie about to tear your hand off.

If you find yourself in this situation, don't panic! First, you can try a few things to get the ring off without causing any damage. With some knowledge and patience, your ring will be back to normal. Below, we'll show you five simple ways to remove a stubborn ring.


Why do Rings Get Stuck?

There are a few reasons why a ring can get stuck on your fingers. 

  • If a ring is too tight, it can cause the finger to swell, making it difficult to remove. 

  • If a ring is made of a material that doesn't allow the skin to breathe (like some metals), it can make the ring hard to remove. 

  • Also, if a ring has sharp or rough edges, it can catch on the skin and become stuck, or worse, cut the skin leading to infections. 

If you find yourself in this predicament, here are some ways to loosen and remove the ring.


4 Ways to Get Rings Off Your Fingers

1. Soap and Creams

The easiest and most common way to remove a ring stuck on your finger is to use soap, hand cream, or even olive oil. Going to a jeweller who has experience in taking rings off is the next port of call if you cant do it yourself.

Apply cream or oils to the area around the ring, then try to wiggle it from your finger. If it still doesn't come off, apply a little oil and try again.

2. Ice Cubes to Numb the Finger

Another way to get a tough-to-remove ring off your finger is to put a  ice cubes in a water bowl and submerge your finger for about 10 minutes. This is an effective strategy because the cold reduces the swelling where the blood has pooled in your finger from the trauma of trying to take it off. 

Make sure to have someone around, as there's a chance you won't be able to slide it off by yourself . Sometimes you might have to repeat the process twice

3. Thin String

Also, consider wrapping a piece of dental floss between the finger joint and the ring to reduce the swelling. Then as you unwrap the dental floss, slowly, adjacent to the ring, slide the ring from the finger. Watch this video to learn more

4. See a Professional

Seeing a professional is the best course of action if everything else fails. A certified and experienced jeweller can use specialised tools and techniques to remove your ring safely.

At this point, you'll need to have the ring cut off (which isn't as scary as it sounds). Professionals do this with a rotary tool that contains a diamond-tipped bit and operates like a tiny saw to cut through metal. But, again, it's important to note that this isn't a DIY job. It requires extreme precision to avoid damaging the ring itself.

The good news is that; jewellery experts can do this without scratching or denting your ring. Of course, once it's off your finger, you can have it re-sized professionally and wear it again.

If you can't get to a jeweller, you should go to the hospital, which always has tools to cut your ring off your finger. If your finger is turning blue, even slightly, go straight to the hospital.

Final Thoughts: Jewellery Insurance Can Also Save the Day

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to remove a ring that won't easily come off, try any of these above methods. With a bit of patience, you should be able to remove the ring.

When you cover your ring with specialised jewellery insurance like Q Report's, your jewellery can be replaced—should it get damaged. Our coverage is comprehensive, and you could have peace of mind knowing your jewellery is covered. 

Get Q Report jewellery insurance today to cover your precious jewellery from some unexpected disasters. Contact us to get started, or get an instant quote here.

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