Summer Jewelry Care: Keeping Your Precious Pieces Safe in the Sun

2024-02-29

As summer rolls in, it's time to embrace the warmth and sunshine, soaking in all the joys that this vibrant season brings. It's a time for reconnecting with loved ones and indulging in some much-needed relaxation. However, amidst the summer fun, there's one thing that needs extra care – your jewelry. 

 

The thrill of summer adventures can take a toll on your precious pieces, exposing them to harsh elements and risky situations. Sunscreen, sand, and pool water can all affect your jewelry's shine and durability, while traveling with your favorite pieces adds another layer of vulnerability. But fear not! There are simple steps you can take to safeguard your jewelry during these sunny months. Keep reading for our top tips on keeping your jewelry safe and gleaming throughout the summer.

 

 

Safeguarding Your Jewelry During Summer Fun

 

Whether you're a beach enthusiast or prefer lakeside lounging, the delightful weather and adventures of summer expose our jewelry to harsh elements and potential loss, putting a damper on the fun. Apart from everyday activities that can harm your jewelry, summer brings specific risks to the safety and quality of your precious pieces.

 

Beaches, Pools, and Lakes – Oh My!

 

Summer wouldn't be complete without water fun, but these aquatic havens are notorious spots where jewelry often meets its demise. While you may retrieve lost items from a pool, the chances are slim in the vast expanse of the ocean or a lake's murky depths. Cold waters exacerbate the risk, causing rings to slip off easily due to finger shrinkage.

 

To safeguard your jewelry, Brittany strongly advises removing it before taking the plunge. Storing your pieces in a secure, dry place ensures they'll be waiting for you post-swim, sparing you the agony of potential loss.

 

Chlorine Concerns

 

In places where poolside bliss is a staple, chlorine emerges as a significant threat to summer jewelry. While essential for water safety, chlorine wreaks havoc on precious metals, causing damage and discoloration. Even precious gemstones like diamonds aren't spared, as chlorine can strip away their luster, leaving them dull and darkened.

 

Sand and Saltwater

 

Beaches pose their own challenges for jewelry, as saltwater and sand can wreak havoc on metals. Rose gold, with its gold and copper alloy, is particularly prone to discoloration in saltwater. The abrasive nature of sand can scratch precious metals and loosen stones in jewelry settings, leading to potential damage. Should you encounter such a nightmare scenario, Brittany's is here to help. We can tighten stones and repair any damage that has occurred.

 

Watch Out for Buildup

 

As you venture outdoors this summer, bug spray becomes essential for warding off mosquitoes. However, bug spray and jewelry don't mix well. Residue from bug spray can quickly dull the sparkle of your jewelry, turning it lackluster. If you find your pieces in need of a refresh, we recommend a professional cleaning to restore their shine and brilliance.

 

Sunscreen, while crucial for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, can also lead to unsightly buildup on your jewelry. It's best to avoid applying sunscreen directly onto your jewelry to prevent this issue.

 

To spare your jewelry from frequent cleanings due to buildup, consider removing it before applying bug spray or sunscreen. Your jewelry will thank you for the extra care!

 

Jewelry Care on the Go

 

Summer travel brings excitement and adventure, but it can also spell trouble for your precious jewelry. Before you embark on your journey, it's essential to consider how to protect your valuables while on the move. Here are some key tips to keep in mind before you hit the road or take to the skies.

 

Travel Intelligently

 

First and foremost, assess whether bringing precious jewelry is necessary for your trip. Traveling increases the risk of misplacing or losing items, so opt for versatile pieces that complement most of your outfits. Packing light and minimizing the number of jewelry items you bring reduces the likelihood of mishaps.

 

If you do choose to bring your entire jewelry collection, avoid packing everything together in one bag. To prevent damage, pack each piece individually. Some stones and materials are more durable than others, and storing them together may lead to scratching. For comprehensive guidance on storing your jewelry at home and on the go, explore our top three tips.

 

Secure Your Valuables

 

Never stow your jewelry in checked luggage! If your jewelry holds sentimental or monetary value, keep it close by storing it in your carry-on bag. Checked bags can sometimes go missing, putting your valuables at risk.

 

Upon arrival at your destination, prioritize security by storing your jewelry in a safe whenever possible. Avoid leaving your jewelry unattended where it could be mishandled, misplaced, or stolen. Consider bringing a portable safe for added protection.

 

For additional peace of mind, consider jewelry insurance. While it can't replace the sentimental value of your pieces, it can provide financial protection in case of loss or theft. If you're unsure about jewelry insurance or need an appraisal, we're here to assist you every step of the way.

 

 

Maintain Your Jewelry's Shine, Season after Season

 

At our company, we understand the importance of keeping your jewelry sparkling and secure, especially during the summer months. With meticulous care and attention, our experts provide personalized maintenance, identifying any areas needing special treatment to restore your jewelry to its pristine condition. Count on us to safeguard your jewelry’s brilliance, ensuring it shines brightly through every summer and beyond.

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