HOW TO PROTECT YOUR JEWELRY FROM

 HARSH SUMMER ELEMENTS


How to Protect jewelry
How to protect jewelry
Summer is an excellent time for going outside and having fun in the Sun, but it can also be very harsh on your precious jewelry. No worries, you can take some simple steps to ensure that your favorite jewelry pieces stay shiny and beautiful all summer long!


Read on for some helpful tips on protecting your jewelry during summertime.


close   SUN

It might surprise you, but your jewelry does not like extreme temperatures ― and neither do you. Just as you need to protect your skin from the Sun's damaging UV rays, your summer jewelry needs protection from the harmful rays of the Sun.


The Sun is not safe for jewelry. First, the high levels of UV rays will cause your beach jewelry to age and weather faster, damaging its finish or even transforming its original color into a dull shade of gray.


Next, metals with lower melting points may melt or warp in the heat, while higher melting metals can lose their beautiful luster and sparkle.


✔️ Pay attention to the temperature of your jewelry when you're at the beach. Hold jewelry in your hands; if a piece heats up quickly in the sunlight and gets too warm to touch comfortably, it's time to put it away for safekeeping. The same goes for wearing a ring or earrings that cause an unpleasant burning sensation on your skin.


✔️ Jewelry is sensitive to temperature changes; so it is best to store jewelry in a dry, well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight with a constant temperature. The sun's UV rays can cause the jewelry to age and weather faster or even melt or warp the metal.


close   LOTION

We all love the feel of suntan lotion. It is smooth, silky, and luxurious. But you might not realize that this creamy substance can damage your jewelry. Suntan lotion contains a glycerin chemical that can dissolve or tarnish the metal in your jewelry.


✔️ The effects of summer products are more damaging in the long term than single-use. The best way to keep your jewelry looking beautiful is to avoid exposing it to lotions for extended periods. If you need sunscreen, make sure you wash your jewelry off afterward to prevent chemical buildup.


close   SAND

Whether you're at the beach or playing in the sandbox, sand can wreak havoc on your jewelry. The tiny particles can scratch and dull the surface of your jewelry. Sand can also get trapped in settings and crevices, making it difficult to clean.


Sea salt, table salt, and Epsom salt are just a few examples of the types of salt that can cause damage to jewelry. These crystals can etch metals and gems, making them appear duller than before. The good news is that you can clean and polish your jewelry to remove the effects of salt. But it's best to avoid exposure to salt in the first place.

 

✔️ Since sand can easily scratch and damage your fun summer jewelry, it's essential to keep jewelry in a secure place when you're at the beach. You should keep jewelry in either a soft storage pouch or cloth bag to protect your gemstones from all of those tiny, potentially dangerous particles.


✔️ If you must wear your jewelry in the sand, avoid activities that will cause excessive abrasion. Try not to rub your jewelry pieces against anything rough, and if they become covered in sand, gently brush them off before continuing to wear them.


close   SALTWATER

Beware, saltwater is not safe for jewelry. Saltwater contains minerals and chemicals that can corrode, discolor or damage jewelry. When saltwater comes into contact with your jewelry, it will usually cause both rust and tarnish over time.


✔️ A quick rinse with water and a soft cloth after getting out of the ocean is sufficient, but if possible, store jewelry in airtight bags made of non-water-soluble materials such as plastic (or even Tupperware).


✔️ Some jewelry pieces—like rings with gems set on the underside—can be "turned" so the gems are on top, which lessens the chances of them getting wet, if possible, hold jewelry above water levels.


close   CHLORINE

Chlorine can not only leave a bad taste in your mouth, but it can also be the complete opposite of good for your jewelry accessories. 


Chlorine can cause a number of problems for your jewelry. When metals come into contact with chlorine, the element will actually start to eat away at the metal, causing it to weaken and potentially break. In addition, chlorine can also cause metals to change color or lose their luster.


✔️ The first tip is to remove all jewelry while swimming or lounging in a pool. Removing your jewelry will help prevent harmful chemicals from getting onto your pieces. And even if you can't take off your jewelry pieces, avoid exposing them directly to water for long periods.


✔️Leaving your jewelry in damp conditions can also damage it. After you swim, dry off all of your jewelry pieces--especially the underside. And be sure to store your jewelry in a dry place.


close   SWEAT


One of the things that happen when you step out into the scorching Sun and sand is your body sends more blood to the surface of the skin, needing to cool itself off. In essence, you sweat more, not just any kind of sweat! The sweat from the heat and outdoor activity is salty – not precisely what we want touching our skin, let alone our precious jewelry.


✔️ One method for dealing with a sweaty situation at the beach is to wipe yourself down with a clean, dry towel before putting on your jewelry. Wiping down jewelry pieces will eliminate some sweat. You can also wait until you're a bit cooler before putting your accessories back on.


WRAPPING UP


Summertime is a great opportunity to show off your personality with some fun beach jewelry. But it's important to take care of your jewelry so it continues to look its best. To avoid damage, be sure to keep it away from harsh chemicals and abrasive materials. With a little bit of care, you can enjoy your summer jewelry for many seasons to come!