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How To Get A Stuck Ring Off Your Finger

We love a good ring (or rings) on our finger but we don’t love when they get stuck. So what should you do if your favorite ring doesn’t quite want to spend a moment without you? Welcome to our How to Get a Stuck Ring Off Your Finger Guide where you will find all the answers you’re looking for. Keep reading to discover what to do when your jewelry turns against you.


How to get a stuck ring off your finger

In a grand, romantic gesture, your beloved has just put a ring on your finger. Though you wish you could live in this moment forever, you soon find yourself doing ordinary things again like washing the dishes, taking a shower, or sweating it out at the gym. Cue the moment you try to take your new engagement ring off for the first time and realize there may be more than one “forever” in this deal. It’s incredibly common for gifted rings, cocktail rings, or family heirlooms to not fit perfectly on the first try. It happens to the best of us. But don’t worry. That claustrophobic moment when you think your engagement ring is also on board for the whole “‘til death do us part” thing won’t last forever.


Don’t force things!

When a ring is stuck on your finger, avoid tugging on it multiple times. In most cases, this won’t make it easier to get the ring off. In fact, this might cause the ring to get even more stuck in place or lodged deeper on your finger (ouch). Trying to force the ring off may hurt your finger and cause it to swell, which makes it even more difficult to slide the ring up and off.


Ice it up

To get that stuck ring off your finger, you first need to take the swelling down. Get some ice from the fridge, raise your hand, and apply the ice to your finger. Wait for a couple of minutes and gently try to take the ring off. If that doesn’t work, then don’t panic. There are other methods to get a stuck ring off the finger.

woman wearing a gold solitaire ring with gemstones

Hand sanitizer is your friend (unless you have an open wound)

Apply hand sanitizer to your finger and wait for a couple of minutes. Hand sanitizer is not only a lubricant; it also shrinks the skin temporarily. Using hand sanitizer can help you get a stuck ring off your finger but make sure you don’t have an open wound around the area first. If you do, it may hurt even more and could further irritate the area.


Try hand lotion or Vaseline

Most rings would come off by now but, in case you are dealing with ringzilla, you might need a little extra help. Get some dental floss and slide it under the ring to have something to hold on to when your hand gets slippery. Apply lotion or Vaseline to your finger and tug gently with the dental floss to get the stuck ring to move. You should only do this if you don’t have an open wound or broken skin. If you do, then it’s best to skip to the next step.


The classic soap & water

We usually don’t recommend this method to get a stuck ring off your finger because there is that little black hole called the drain. We also know that rings don’t especially like water but, if nothing else works, you can try this method as well. Just make sure that the drain is covered and, when you finally manage to get the stuck ring off, rinse and dry it immediately.


The last resort

If none of the DIY methods work, the best thing you can do is to pay an emergency visit to the closest jewelry shop. The jeweler will have to cut the stuck ring off your finger and then repair it. This may be costly (and sounds kind of scary) but it’s definitely effective for removing a stuck ring.


What about ring resizing

Luckily, ring resizing guarantees you get the same product just in a better fit. If a jeweler or the above methods can’t loosen your ring, we recommend seeking professional medical help. On the bright side, you will be able to get your stuck ring off following our methods in most cases. Shop Ana Luisa’s wide selection of beautiful, dainty rings totally worth being stuck to.


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