As temperatures climb, so do the number of jewelry repairs and cleanings in the summer months! Summer fun often means harsh weather elements and increased activity outdoors which can easily damage your jewelry.
But thankfully, just a bit of precaution can go a long way in protecting your favorite pieces:
1. Be water-wise and don't wear jewelry while swimming.
Both chlorine and saltwater can cause precious gems and metals to dull and corrode - but even worse, cold water can cause your fingers to shrink and significantly increase your odds of losing a ring.
2. Keep your fine jewelry out of the great outdoors.
Softer metals (like high karat gold) and even some gemstones (like opals and pearls) can scratch easily when sand or dirt is in the mix, but even the most durable jewelry pieces are still subject to getting particles inside small crevices and settings.
3. Make jewelry the last thing you put on before you go.
The chemicals in sunscreen, bug spray, and other summer skin essentials will rarely cause permanent damage to your jewelry, but the residue and film they leave behind will cause your jewelry to appear dull and dirty.
The safest and simplest way to care for your fine jewelry this summer is to leave it at home stored in a cool, dry, and hidden place within your home - ideally in a safe.
Together with these tips and proper year-round maintenance, you can protect your pieces for years, decades, and generations to come.
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Julie and the Walton's Team