Do Wedding Rings Rust

By Kathy •  Updated: 12/08/21 •  3 min read

Wedding rings are a symbol of love and commitment. It is therefore important to ensure that they are maintained in good condition. Rust can easily cause the metal to lose its luster, and the shine may even disappear completely. If you notice your wedding ring turning a yellowish color, you need to replace it immediately. In addition, there are a number of other ways in which rust can attack the metal of your ring. This article will look at these ways and how you can prevent them from affecting your ring.

Causes of Rust on Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are usually made of gold or silver, but some other metals may also be used. There are several ways in which rust can attack wedding rings, including the following:

Exposure to air

In order for rust to form on your wedding ring, it needs air exposure. Air is actually one of the most important elements that rust requires in order to grow and thrive. If you do not wear your wedding ring often enough, there is a high chance that it will be exposed to air for long periods of time without being cleaned or protected properly from scratches and abrasions by the skin on your finger. When this happens, your ring will start to develop rust, which is a serious issue.

The combination of moisture and friction

When you wear your wedding ring, it rubs against your skin. If you sweat or wear it while doing other tasks, it will also rub against the metal of the ring. This can cause damage to the metal and make it susceptible to rust. This is because the moisture in your skin will cause the metal to lose its shine and become more prone to rusting.

How to Prevent Rust on Wedding Rings

To prevent rust from attacking your wedding ring, there are a number of things that you need to do on a regular basis so that your ring does not suffer from any damages that can lead to rust. These include the following:

Use a soft cloth

You need to ensure that you always clean your wedding ring regularly so that it does not develop rust. You can use a soft cloth that is made of cotton or another material that will not damage the metal of your ring. You can also use rubbing alcohol, which is a liquid that contains a chemical that is used to remove dirt and other substances from surfaces. Rubbing alcohol is easy to use and does not contain any harmful chemicals, making it safe for you to use on your wedding ring.

Avoid wearing it in humid conditions

In order for rust to form on your wedding ring, it needs moisture in order to thrive. If you wear your ring in humid conditions, there is a high chance that it will develop rust quickly because the metal will lose its shine over time and become more prone to corrosion and rusting. This can cause damage over time, especially if you do not regularly clean your ring or change its settings regularly.

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Kathy is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about all aspects of a wedding—from the planning to the event itself. She graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney (yes, Australia!), with a degree in media and communication. She also became an American citizen and loves her new home country. Kathy has somewhat of a boho spirit and enjoys some great rock-n-roll music. She is married and enjoys working from home with her husband, who’s also a writer. They both try to get out as often as possible by taking long walks, visiting wineries on the weekend, and more. While they don’t yet have kids, Kathy and her husband have plans to expand their family in the next year or two!