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Hand Sanitizers Damaging to Rings?

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#1 Mystic

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    Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:00 PM

    Does anyone know if hand sanitizers like Purell cause damage to rings? I've heard people say they can weaken prongs or cause discoloration but I haven't been able to find any information confirming this online. My jeweler told me that I shouldn't have to worry about my platinum rings. Does anyone have any information or experience with these products damaging jewelry?

    I'm a nurse so I use hand sanitizer about 100000 times a day. Maybe some of you other nurse-brides have some input?

    #2 Sloan

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      Posted 27 October 2008 - 12:35 PM

      Ive never heard that and Im an RN too. Yeah, my ring is white gold, had it since May '08 and it still looks fine. I have to have mine inspected 2x year for insurance, so if the prongs are getting weak from sanitizer Ill find out next month when its due.

      #3 Bisha

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        Posted 27 October 2008 - 12:52 PM

        My rings are platinum and I've had my E-Ring for 4 years now. I can't say that I use the hand sanitized a 10000 times a day but, about 5-10 and haven't notices any effect on my rings. Actually, it's the first time I hear anything like that

        #4 ACDCDCAC

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        Posted 27 October 2008 - 01:05 PM

        i use it all the time (not 10K a day, but a few times haha) and i have WG bands. i havent noticed any discoloration or weakening, and i've had it inspected 2 times and rhodium dipped 1 time in the year that i've had it.

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        #5 *Casey*

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          Posted 27 October 2008 - 01:06 PM

          This is news to me... If you can't find much about it online, then I wouldn't worry too much about it.

          #6 lmg970

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            Posted 27 October 2008 - 01:14 PM

            I am also a nurse and use purell stuff quite a bit, I have yellow gold e-ring and no discoloration yet. I have had it since may this year

            #7 Sarah


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              Posted 27 October 2008 - 01:19 PM

              I'm an RN too, and I think I use Purell like 100 times a night. I've been wearing my e-ring (Platinum) for 2 1/2 years, and my wedding band for year and a half. I haven't had any discoloration or prong weakening....

              #8 Mystic

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                Posted 28 October 2008 - 12:36 AM

                Ok, I feel better now! I hadn't heard of it before either but recently heard it from two different people. Now that I think about it, how could an alcohol based sanitizer damage metal?

                On another note, it's nice to see other RNs on here!

                #9 EricaG

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                  Posted 28 October 2008 - 04:53 AM

                  Well here is another RN here for you that uses the sanitizers a LOT!!!!! I have had my e-ring for a while now and it is WG with no signs of damage from the alcohol. I seem to of heard that before too, but everyone at work wears their rings with no problems.
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                  #10 yamille

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                    Posted 28 October 2008 - 07:22 AM

                    I had the same worry about sanitizer! I also use a ton. My platinum ring is still in excellent condition.

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