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How to Care for Jewelry in the summer months

By jamesm

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You love your jewelry, take the best care of it, but it goes through a beating in the summer months. Even if you only wear jewelry for special occasions, wear the same things every day or switch it up daily, you still need to consider the elements affecting your metals and stones.

Swimming

Thinking of wearing your new ring to the pool? Think again. Chlorine and jewelry are not a match made in heaven. Chlorine can cause serious erosion on the precious metals and stones in your jewelry. It can even leave a sheen on your gemstones or change the finish on them over time.

Saltwater can be just as damaging to jewelry. Your new personalized necklace looks cute with your swim suit, so you think you should wear it. Don’t. Salt is corrosive to some metals, including copper. Remember that copper is used to make rose gold. Softer gem stones, like turquoise and copper, can also absorb the salt water and eventually it can cause them to rot from the inside out.

If you can’t avoid contact between saltwater or chlorine and your jewelry, you should always remember to rinse your jewelry after a swim. Washing with semi-warm water and a mild detergent or ammonia, can help deter damage. A simple wash with lukewarm water will do in a pinch.

Wearing a necklace to the beach can be hazardous as well. If you’ve ever ripped your shirt off in a changing room or on the beach, and realized you’ve also ripped your necklace off too, chances are you’re familiar with a broken chain. Be careful when adding or removing layers.

It’s also important to consider what type of earing you wear swimming. An earring that dangles or doesn’t have a back piece keeping it your ear can be risky, as it could come off in the surf or water, never to be found again.

Being active

Sweat and metal also do not mix. Try to avoid wearing jewelry when you’re working out, or taking a hike in the summer. Sweat and natural body oils can tarnish sterling silver, causing it to turn black.

If you can avoid it, do. It won’t seriously damage your jewelry, but it will make it harder to keep it in pristine condition.

Beach

Remember that sand is also harsh on stones and metals. Sand often contains the same substance used to make glass, depending on the beaches you frequent. It could scratch your gemstones or metals, and cause abrasions or faster breakdowns.

Something important that most people don’t think of is how cold water affects the size of your fingers. So if you’re swimming in a cold ocean or lake, you could lose a ring or two.

Take away

It’s probably best to leave your jewelry at home when you’re adventuring in the outdoors. Whether you’re taking a hike or laying on the beach, there is damage that can occur to your jewelry and gemstones. You should always consider if it’s better to leave your rings, earrings and necklaces at home.

 

 

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