Posted on April 07 2017
If you’ve ever accidentally dropped your ring down the sink drain or realized an earring was missing in the middle of the mall, you know how easy it can be to damage or lose your jewelry. Most jewelry accidents seem to happen in the spring and summer months. Spring break is right around the corner, and it’s almost time to start planning your summer vacations. Here are some simple jewelry safety tips to help you avoid damage to your jewelry as you hit the beach or spend a day at the pool.
When to Take Off Your Jewelry
Sometimes it’s best to remove your jewelry to avoid damage, especially during summer months when you’re frequently playing in the surf or sand. Always take your jewelry off before swimming, whether you plan to take a dip in the ocean or a backyard pool. Both salt water and chlorine are potentially damaging to jewelry. Chlorine can discolor the metals in your jewelry or dull the finish on gemstones. Plus, a dip in cold water could cause your fingers to shrink a bit, making it much more likely that you could lose a ring in the bottom of the pool.
You should also remove your jewelry before you hit the gym or head out for a run. Sweat can damage sterling silver, and you’re more likely to lose your favorite ring when your hands are slick with sweat. Jewelry can also get snagged or broken during workouts or strenuous activities. It’s best to leave it behind and put it back on when you are finished working out.
Before you apply bug spray or sunscreen, make sure to remove your jewelry too. These products can build up in the tiny crevices of necklace chains or ring settings. Over time, it can damage the finish on sterling silver, leaving it dull and dingy. If you’re heading out for a day in the sun, consider leaving your jewelry at home. The sun’s rays can bleach out plastics or other natural elements used in some jewelry.
Store Jewelry in a Safe Place
When you take off your bling, make sure you put it in a safe place. Don’t leave it lying on the dresser or let it linger in a pocket of your purse. If you don't put it away, you're asking for trouble and will increase the odds that your favorite jewelry pieces will get lost or broken. Instead, keep jewelry in a fabric-lined case or in a jewelry box that has compartments to keep the pieces separated. Proper storage will prevent scratches, tangles, or snags.
Give Your Jewelry Some Extra TLC
Sometimes regular wear and tear can take a toll on jewelry so make sure you take the time to clean your bling regularly. Warm soapy water and a toothbrush can do wonders to remove any build-up and make your jewelry shine like it’s brand new.