July 27, 2022
So you want a silicone ring and you’re doing your research on what to buy … should you start by looking at styles? Colors? Engravings? General price and availability?
Actually, the best beginning is a reminder of what silicone is and why the simplest ring design when using silicone is the most effective.
Silicone is a man-made polymer; its primary ingredient is silica — one of the most commonly occurring forms of sand. Silicones are incredibly versatile, and produced in multiple forms, including fluids, resins, or flexible rubber. When used to make rings, silicone is, obviously, made up of the latter; it is still solid and strong, but flexible in a way that metal rings are not.
This flexibility, in fact, is how silicone rings originated: to protect active people from ring avulsion injuries — losing or permanently damaging a finger when your ring gets caught on an object. Flexibility is also a silicone ring’s main marketing aspect.
But there is more you need to understand about the product. To be straight:
RECON Rings offer a basic, smooth design with no frills. There’s a reason for that. Smooth silicone is stronger than textured silicone, which lends itself to tears or holes. Silicone rings are actually meant to break under pressure, but that doesn’t mean you want them to fall apart through general use.
Not everyone understands that silicone rings are, in a sense, made to fail. When they work properly, they break — they break so the wearer doesn’t lose a finger or suffer a horrible finger injury. This is a key component to buying your silicone ring: Buy from a retailer or manufacturer who offers a good warranty. Since silicone rings are meant to fail, any worthwhile manufacturer will send you a new one when that happens at no cost.
At RECON Rings — veteran owned and operated — we’ve seen ring avulsions while serving, and our mission is to provide safe comfortable silicone rings for those that live in kinetic environments. We want our customers to remain active, push limits, and live life without worrying about their ring. So if you break it, we’ve done our job right, and we want to make sure you get a replacement.
That said, silicone is not perfect, and it does wear out over time. This is why we recommend — and we make — all our rings 2.5mm thick. Start thick and allow your ring its natural wear. If you buy thin silicone, the life span of your ring is reduced.
Similarly, we don’t recommend engravings. Engravings disappear during the general life of a silicone ring. Also, if your ring breaks while protecting your finger, there goes your engraving with it. So, honestly, customization is a waste of money when going with silicone. We understand why you would want it, but the truth now is always better than disappointment later.
And there it is: Simple is best when buying your new silicone ring. A smooth, thick design with no texture and no frills will last longer and live stronger.
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