This post is sponsored by QALO and SheKnows Media.
After over 10 years of marriage, I’ve officially decided to swap my GORGEOUS wedding ring out for something a bit more practical. It’s not that anything was at all wrong with the rings I’ve worn now for over a decade, but I’m just at a point in my life where wearing the big, shiny, glitzy bling isn’t necessary, nor does it make sense for my lifestyle that’s jam packed with medical issues, doctors appointments, X-rays, MRIs, and the need to stay comfortable at all times. I toyed with the idea last year when my health began to decline, but still hadn’t committed until my husband gave up his own traditional wedding band.
A couple of months ago when my husband asked me about swapping out his traditional wedding band with a silicone ring from QALO, I wasn’t quite sure I was absolutely keen on the idea. The sappy girl in me was saying, “It’s been a symbol of our marriage that he’s worn for over 10 years now and he wants to take it off?”
Oh the nerve right?!
Well, not so fast.
The safe & practical girl in me won that inner battle by a landslide. During one of his most recent SWAT missions, not only could he have easily broken his finger or hand or both, but he could have potentially lost his life as well. As my husband was chasing a suspect and climbing a fence, his wedding band got caught on a loose wire, which stopped him in his tracks. He was stuck for a few extra seconds while dealing with his ring! In the end, the suspect was still caught, but the story could have played out much much different for my husband if his finger/hand didn’t free properly.
When you look at things from this perspective, the choice was easy!
Prior to and since this event we had heard many horror stories of other officers breaking or injuring their fingers while on duty simply because of the activity they encounter every single day, especially on specialty departments like SWAT and K-9. The near thought of anything like that happening to my husband again immediately changed my view on his desire to switch from a metal ring to silicone ring. Truth be told, I’m kind of bummed that we didn’t think of this sooner!
The only jewelry my husband has EVER worn in his life was his wedding ring and even that took a couple of months for him to get used to. When we first got married and were looking at rings, his only request was that we purchase the most DULL, non shiny, non glitzy, most basic band we could find. He didn’t want anything that brought too much attention to him or his hands. The new ‘Thin Blue Line‘ QALO fits his personality, preferences, and lifestyle SO much more… career, weight lifting, exercising, regular home improvement projects involving saws and power tools, outdoor activities, and daily volleyball with our daughter. Yes, the comfortable and SAFE silicon band makes so much more sense! We love the new ring so much!
So after his ring swap, I began to think of my own lifestyle and “activities”. Sure, my days look vastly different than my husband’s, but still unique with some limitations. It’s no secret that over the course of the last couple of years, I’ve had more than my fair share of medical issues. There have been weeks that I’ve been at the hospital or doctors appointments 2-3 times in one week. SO many regular scans and imaging work are done and it never fails: “Do you have any metal or jewelry on?” Yup. Wedding rings. Like my husband, I have never cared for wearing jewelry so my rings are the only form of metal I have on my body 99.9% of the time. I would usually end up having to take them off and store them in a locker before a diagnostic scan, something I’m never comfortable doing of course. My husband’s cheap metal wedding band is one thing, my engagement ring though? Yeah, it wasn’t exactly cheap and definitely not replaceable!!!
In addition to the X-rays, MRI’s, and other scans I routinely have done I also suffer from joint pain and swelling, especially in my hands. Some days my wedding rings fit perfectly and other days my fingers are swollen and throbbing. It’s nearly impossible to remove the rings during these times and it usually ends with me in more pain than just the swelling just from trying to pry them off. Other days Raynaud’s kicks in and my fingers are so cold and skinny. I lose so much circulation in my fingers that my rings can actually fall off. My body and I seem to be a mixed bag of tricks and I never know what the day (or hour) will bring!
After thinking about my own issues and falling in love with my husbands new QALO, I decided I would give the rings a try as well. When I went online to buy a plain, silicone band I was thrilled to see how many women’s choices I actually had!
So many colors, so many styles… how is a girl ever to choose??? Fortunately the rings start at UNDER $20 and there are LOTS of options to choose from!
As soon as I saw the STACKABLES, my mind was made up AND I decided to take things a bit further. Not only would I have a new wedding ring, but I also wanted to get a stack to honor my kids as well! Picking out the style and colors was easy…
Simple white wedding band for my left hand:
And then a stackable set for my right hand for our kids:
I had NO trouble figuring out what colors and styles I would pick for the kids rings. My son’s favorite color is black and like my husband, doesn’t like too much ‘going on’. Because the wedding band was solid white though, I picked the next closest simple style, which was a simple jet-black ‘step‘ ring. Then for my daughter, I was going to pick a chevron aquamarine ring and a pink topaz ‘twist‘ ring, but my heart soared the moment I saw this one…
It’s technically supposed to show support for lupus, but as it turns out the color purple also represents another autoimmune condition: rheumatoid arthritis… something my daughter was just diagnosed with only a couple of months ago! So, yup, easy choices: purple & aquamarine for my daughter, black for my son, and white for my wedding band. Although I must say, because QALO offers such a huge variety of color and style options, I could see how it may be more difficult for some people to decide. Luckily not me though 🙂
So. In. Love.
- Despite whatever doctors appointment I have, radiology imaging, medical testing, a day when my joints swell, or even just a day when I’m running errands in my favorite yoga pants I know my jewelry will NEVER be an issue or cause any type of discomfort. Better yet, if I’m having a really really good pain & symptom day and my body cooperates with me I may even be able to venture into the garage for a little workout! No need to take off my rings or protect my fingers from the weights or exercises!Even though the QALO rings were most likely designed for the active lifestyle, clearly they are versatile enough for ANYONE and EVERYONE! They are safe, comfortable, durable, and there’s a huge variety to choose from. Why oh why did it take me so long to find QALO?!!!!Who’s ready for a QALO of their very own??? Leave me a comment on this post telling me how a QALO ring suits YOUR own unique lifestyle! The company has generously offered up a prize pack and the winner could be YOU!Check out them out friends!!!
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KatherineApril 12, 2017 at 2:11 am
As a weightlifter, runner, and active mama, I’ve been interested in Qalo rings for a while. I didn’t realize they had so many styles!
Rebekah SmithApril 12, 2017 at 10:19 pm
I love the styles of these rings and would love to have one since my hands have lost weight, my wedding ring is too big.
Jill EidsmoeApril 14, 2017 at 3:11 am
We are backpackers and total outdoors people. My husband lost his wedding ring over 25 years ago and mine hasn’t fit since I was 110 pounds! We are candidates for this type of ring!
corinaApril 14, 2017 at 3:30 am
oh yes you are… I actually thought of you guys as soon as I said “outdoors”. Thats you and your husband, no question!!!!
AmyApril 14, 2017 at 3:14 am
Have you seen their military line ?
corinaApril 14, 2017 at 3:29 am
YES! The day we ordered they didn’t have an Air Force one, but they got them in like 3 days later LOL! I love the one we got Joe though!!!
Kylie ZieglerApril 14, 2017 at 4:10 am
These Qalo rings are my husband favorite! He is a police officer and sports the thicker solid black band currently which is flexible and better for his job. He’s going to love the new blue stripe! I can’t get him to wear his actual wedding band anymore because he prefers his Qalo. Theyre also so versatile! I have a thin black one for my shifts as a RN because who wants to get things on your wedding set! I would recommend these to anyone! Great product!
JessiApril 14, 2017 at 4:31 am
Love them! Such a great idea!!
MichelleApril 14, 2017 at 4:51 am
QALO work for us because for 1 I’m a stay at home mom of 3. If I’m not knee deep in dirt with my son, I’m baking with the baby or playing volleyball with my oldest. The constant clean up around the house and yard plus Washing dishes. I don’t have to worry about taking them off or losing them; even worse throwing them in the garbage by accident.
My husband is a mechanic for the transit system. He is Constantly washing his hands after working with gasoline or oil, even grease. Sometimes he’s called out to tow a bus and just hooking up the lines from the tow truck there’s no worries he will lose his gold band or get his finger caught on anything.
Thanks for the chance and QALO ROCKS!!!!
Ryan MonteroApril 14, 2017 at 8:31 am
These rings have been with me through work (firefighter), work outs (weight lifting), and countless Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training sessions. I’m glad to see you team up with Qalo. I love their support of the fire service (thin red line) and police (thin blue line).
Heather McMackinApril 14, 2017 at 10:39 am
That’s one big reason why my hubs doesn’t wear his on duty!
MeganApril 14, 2017 at 11:12 am
Ahhh! These are so cute! More days thN not I don’t wear my ring and this would be so perfect!
Michelle AdamsApril 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm
My husband is an airline mechanic and has had the same issue with it getting stuck on things and almost ripping his finger off. I work at an elementary school, but had the same thing happen to me, my ring got stuck on a door handle! I would love to keep hiss hands safe with one of these, thanks for the chance!
Jennifer RApril 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm
I was just looking at their rings this week to swap out for my wedding set when I workout. I’m at a bootcamp in a public space and not only is it unclmfortable while working out but I just don’t want to have anything valuable on me when I’m in a vulnerable setting. I love to wear my rings but hate now wearing anything while working out so this would be perfect!
Robin BakerApril 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm
These are awesome! They would be great for my husband who is an electrician …. and for me because my wedding ring was lost ?
Danette AlvarezApril 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm
What a gorgeous ring! My fiancée would love this!
AllisonApril 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm
Would love to win a ring like this for my hubby. He refuses to wear a ring because of his law enforcement job and the fear of it getting caught on something while on duty.
Jennifer HallApril 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm
That looks cool.
LizaApril 15, 2017 at 6:08 am
Definitely ideal for my husband and I. As a Nurse and a Police Officer, with my frequent hand washing and gloves going on and off. And the scary story about Joe’s foot pursuit has got me sold. He’s getting one for father’s day. 🙂
ClaudiaApril 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm
Wow I had no idea these cute rings existed! A great idea especially since I use so much sanitizer and soap on my hands everyday at work. Plus I don’t have a dishwasher! 🙁 The stackable are adorable.
Vicki LovelaceMay 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm
I have major medical issues, requiring MRI’s, yet again! I’m engaged to be married in October 2017. My I intended can’t wear a ring for more than a week; even titanium causes an uncomfortable callous as he engineers and installs major phone systems.
So excited about QALO rings! They are the perfect solution for us!
JeffreyJune 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm
Qalo would come in handy in both my profession as a firefighter and on my days off when I am running and exercising.
Ken CJune 14, 2017 at 2:46 pm
With trying new activities all the time, obstacle racing, trail runs, tris,kayaking, this is a great way to protect my ring but still show my commitment
Denise SJune 14, 2017 at 4:38 pm
This would be great, because being active with my hands while wearing rings makes me nervous and I avoid it.
Julie HawkinsJune 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm
We have a very active lifestyle, always camping, hiking and sailing. These rings would be perfect for me!
Julie HawkinsJune 25, 2017 at 10:52 pm
I tweeted https://twitter.com/heidiho5152/status/879109844715712514
susan smoaksJune 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm
i would use the ring when i exercise and lift weights it wouldn’t hurt my finger like the traditional ring does
susan smoaksJune 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm
Bert RuizJune 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm
I could use these when I serve at our Church’s Food Pantry. Thank you for the giveaway
Bert RuizJune 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm
shared on twitter https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/879736508902756352
MitaJune 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm
MitaJune 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm
I would like to have one to wear around the gym
Erica B.June 28, 2017 at 12:51 am
I love the chevron design.
Victoria RileyJune 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm
I would love to own a QALO ring. I had to stop wearing jewelry due to MS. These look like what I need. I love all the styles. Thank you for the opportunity!
erica bestJune 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm
i love the if u lose i will not have to worry about it
erica bestJune 29, 2017 at 8:47 pm
SandJune 30, 2017 at 1:56 am
I like the WOMEN’S LILAC LAUREL Q2X™ SILICONE RING.
Kathy PeaseJune 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm
I would love these on the treadmill I have to take of my metal rings because when I hold the bars it hurts my fingers
Kathy PeaseJune 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm
Buddy GarrettJune 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm
A Qualo ring would suit our active lifestyles.
Laurie EmersonJune 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm
It suits my lifestyle as I am allergic to almost all metals and with this ring I could wear it all the time.
LeelaJuly 1, 2017 at 2:50 am
I like the Women’s Silver Smooth Stackable Silicone Ring.
My husband would love the blue and black one as well.