Will Silicone Rings Break?
Silicone rings have become one of the biggest fashion accessories in recent memory, but it’s not just because they are super stylish and affordable (although they are both of those things). For many people, wearing a silicone ring is more practical than a metal ring, and a lot safer too. One of the most common questions that people ask about silicone rings is whether they will break, and the answer is yes—but that is a good thing.
Making Silicone Rings
To understand why silicone rings can break, first it’s important to understand how you make a silicone wedding ring. It’s a synthetic material, but that is just a term that means it’s made by mixing various materials together to create something new. While synthetic, these rings are made of a combination of naturally occurring elements, including:
Silicon (a material that comes from silica, or sand)
This is different from rubber, which in its purest form actually comes from a rubber tree first discovered in South America that is used to make latex. Any other rubber is man-made. Silicone requires several complex steps to create, which is why the cost is often higher for silicone than it would be for latex rubber. During manufacturing, a strong silicone-oxygen bond creates the silicone ring’s flexibility and durability even when exposed to extreme temperatures (anywhere from -75 degrees to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit).
Silicone Rings and Safety
Silicone is also a synthetic elastomer, which means it has “elastic properties” and will stretch. If enough force is applied, a silicone ring will also break. For people who want to wear a ring in certain situations, this is a very important property. Metal rings do not stretch, and they generally do not break, which means that if your ring gets caught on something and force is applied, it’s your finger that will break or suffer the damage while the ring remains intact.
Millions of people over the years have experienced these painful and dangerous ring avulsion injuries. For that reason there are a lot of workplaces that don’t allow metal rings, such as construction sites, mechanic shops, heavy machine operators, military, and law enforcement. These professionals understand the risks of a ring that won’t break and would prefer to keep their employees’ hands and fingers safe.
If your ring does break in the process of saving your fingers from traumatic injury or even amputation, the good news is that it’s easy to replace a silicone wedding ring. They are extremely affordable, so you can select a new one and wear it happily, knowing it’s as safe and stylish as the last one you had.
Shop Enso Rings today to see our selection of affordable silicone wedding rings.