Taking care of your delicate and high-quality jewelry pieces is important all year round, but with summer right around the corner, you should take some extra precautions to ensure the longevity of your favorite pieces. Want to keep your finest jewelry in great condition for longer? Here are a few of our jewelry care and cleaning tips to make sure your jewelry always stays shining.
How to Store
Having a safe place to store your jewelry is a necessary step when caring for your pieces. It’s important to keep your jewelry in a clean, dry place. A soft-lined jewelry case or soft-lined pouches are great options to store rings and bracelets. Each piece should be stored separately, without touching each other, to avoid scratching or tarnishing. Hanging necklaces individually will also prevent scratches and tarnishing.
Things to Avoid
Chlorine and saltwater
Remove all jewelry before jumping into the shower, pool, or jacuzzi and before plunging into saltwater. Chlorine and saltwater are known for damaging and discoloring metals like gold and platinum. Saltwater and chlorine can also erode the finish and polish of gemstones. Rings and earrings are prone to fall off when swimming, and no one wants to lose their precious pieces. Make sure to store your jewelry somewhere safe before heading out for a beach or pool day.
Sunscreen and lotions
We’re not here to tell you not to wear sunscreen. You should be wearing sunscreen every day, but make sure to take off all jewelry when applying it. Sunscreens and lotions easily build up and can cause the finish and stones of your pieces to become dull. Be sure to apply sunscreen, lotions, and other beauty products before putting your jewelry on to prevent your pieces from losing their brightness.
Summer calls for family and friend gatherings and loads of food. With loads of food comes loads of dishes. Make sure to take off all your rings and bracelets when washing dishes. Harsh chemicals and certain soaps can cause discoloration of stones and metals, and loose stones and rings have the potential to fall down the drain. Remember to remove jewelry before doing dishes or make sure to have someone do the dishes for you (our preferred option), so that you know your pieces will remain in great condition!
How to Clean
To clean your nicest jewelry, make it a habit to wipe your pieces after wearing them. Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to wipe away any film or grime from your jewelry. Avoid using a paper towel as it can cause scratches. When done, lay your pieces to dry to avoid excess moisture before storing them in your jewelry case. Certain pieces require additional care and cleaning, so after the summer season, make sure to get your pieces professionally cleaned to ensure that your pieces continue to shine as brightly as you!