Nicole Kidman and the Art of Ring Maintenance

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Nicole Kidman and the Art of Ring Maintenance

If you watched the Oscars or read any of the recaps, you probably noticed Nicole Kidman's hilariously awkward clapping.

Photo of Nicole Kidman awkwardly clapping at an awards show.

She recently addressed it during an interview, and we loved what she had to say: "I was like, 'Gosh, I want to clap. I don't want to not be clapping,' which would be worse, right?" Kidman explained. "'Why isn't Nicole clapping?' So, therefore I'm clapping, but it was really difficult because I had a huge ring on that was not my own, but was absolutely gorgeous. And, I was terrified of damaging it."

photo of actress in peach colored dress with bracelet and large diamond ring on her hand

We don't know the exact carat weight of the ring Kidman was referring to, but we do know that she was wearing an eye-popping 119 carats total worth of diamonds on Oscar night!

Photo of NIcole Kidman holding her husband's head on the red carpet.

We say kudos to Kidman for understanding how to take care of fine jewelry! It's a little known fact that if you're wearing rings on both hands, clapping can be incredible damaging to your jewelry. Think of the force you're using to crush your rings together. It's true that diamonds are extremely hard, but the metal that holds the diamonds into your rings is not. This is how rings get bent out of round (which can cause diamonds to fall out), how prongs can get bent, and even how diamonds can get cracked (diamonds are hard, but can still cleave if hit at just the right angle). Delicate pave styles are especially susceptible to this type of damage. In addition to clapping, any other activity that puts metal against metal can damage your rings. Think gardening, weight lifting, and even clutching a pole for stability while riding the bus. If you do find yourself with both hands full of rings and you are called upon to applaud, we recommend the elegant golf clap.

image of baby bunny rabbit with the words "golf clap" below.