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At times you may get somewhat over-enthusiastic, forcing a finger into a ring that later doesn’t want to come off! If you ever encounter those situations, a little hand sanitizer usually helps -- It is more skin-friendly than Windex (whoever thought of that one) and will evaporate without staining prongs and gems the way lotion or Vaseline does.
But what about rings that won’t come off due to fluctuating weight, enlarged joints, or injury-related swelling? Even if you don’t mind not being able to remove your rings, you risk running into trouble if a medical situation requires an MRI or a CT scan (it is kind of like putting metal in a microwave oven). The following non-destructive methods can work when soft tissue is the problem:
We are going to get into more desperate measures of removing the ring because, despite the above recommendations, it's still stuck -- Now, when enlarged joints prevent rings from being removed, or the finger just won’t contract enough, damaging the ring to remove it is inevitable. Some materials that can’t be cut, must be cracked. Rings made of materials such as tungsten carbide and ceramic can be cracked using long-nosed or medium-sized vise-grip locking pliers. Such extreme measures will require visiting a jeweler who is experienced with using such ring cutting/breaking tools. We have experience in removing stuck rings and have the correct tools for the job, so feel free to stop by our store if you ever need this service.
Once you have rescued the finger, allow your finger rest for a while to heal.