Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Jewelry Care

Hi, everyone! It's the first day of summer, and you know what that means - weather permitting, it's the season for barbecues, sunbathing, beach trips, and all-around fun in the sun!

With all that fun, though, you need to take care of your jewelry. Nothing wrecks the beautiful shine on jewelry quicker than sweat, lotion, and water (especially lotion, hoo boy).

So, here are some common threats to your jewelry that you'll find in summer, and what to do about it:

1. Sweat
It's kind of gross, but let's face it: pretty much everyone sweats. The salt and moisture can wreak havoc on the finish of jewelry.

2. Salt Water and Pool Water
It's best to just avoid wearing jewelry in the ocean or the pool if at all possible. The water can leave a scummy-looking residue, and some pool chemicals can actually wear down the finish. Additionally, sand at the beach can, well, sand down your jewelry, leaving it dull. Sand can also get wedged into stone settings, loosening them and leaving it easier for the stone to fall out.

3. Sunscreen and Lotions
Just like sweat and water, sunscreen and lotions can also leave a film on your jewelry, dulling the shine.

4. Sun
Yep, the sun! Some stones, like amethyst, are sun-sensitive and will change color after exposure. Stones that have been dyed or treated can fade in the sun, too.

5. Heat
Heat, too, can affect stones in jewelry. Stones can crack when going rapidly from hot to cold, like going from the hot tub to the pool. Heat can also make metals soft, and may deform wire wraps, chain, or metal bands. Story time: way back when my husband and I got married, before I knew some of this stuff, we used to wear our wedding bands in the hot tub. Both of ours are now so deformed from knocking them on the doorway on the way back in that they're basically unwearable. Learn from our fail! :)

So, what are you supposed to do? Me, I wear my jewelry in the summer (except for into the ocean or pool), try to prevent issues when I can, and take care of it afterward.

Take your jewelry off when applying sunscreen, and wash your hands afterward before putting your jewelry on. Try to avoid wearing your jewelry in pools or on the beach. When you're done wearing it for the day, wipe down your jewelry with a soft, slightly damp cloth. Store your pieces in a dry, clean, relatively dark location. Jewelry boxes with felt or some other cloth lining and dividers are best - they keep the jewelry from knocking against each other and forming scratches.

Hope this helps! :)

Have any tips or disaster stories you'd like to share? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

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