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Summer Jewelry Care

Jewelry care summer

July 18, 2023

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During the warmer months, your jewelry is prone to coming in contact with an array of substances that can seriously dull their shine - from pool chemicals, to saltwater, to sunscreen… the list goes on. While properly caring for your jewelry may not be at the top of your priority list this summer, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure your jewels stay in tip-top shape through the sunny season and beyond. 

Read on for our summer jewelry care tips…

Don’t wear your jewelry in the ocean or pool

The main reason why you shouldn't wear your jewels in the waves is simple - you have a high risk of losing them (and this happens way more often than not!). Salt water can also be harsh and break down components of gold over time, so this can speed up the wear and tear on your pieces significantly. When it comes to pools, it’s also best to avoid it altogether. Although you have less of a chance of losing them due to a more “controlled environment” in comparison to the ocean, pool chemicals like chlorine can actually break down alloys in gold (no thanks!).

Insure your jewelry

If taking off your wedding ring gives you separation anxiety (we get it), the best thing to do is have it insured. Although best practice is to take it off during activities that can lead to damage (such as cleaning, swimming, or working out), insuring your jewelry with a good repair policy will keep you covered. This also applies to those that like to bring their jewelry on their summer escapades. Just remember… no two natural stones are exactly alike, which means you won’t be able to get the same exact one twice should something happen.

How does jewelry insurance work?
Jewelry insurance protects your valuable pieces against risks like theft, loss, and damage. It typically covers repair or replacement costs and can be purchased as a standalone policy or as a rider to your homeowners or renters insurance. To get coverage, you need an appraisal and documentation, and the claims process involves reporting the incident and submitting necessary information for assessment.

Be Mindful of Temperature Changes

Temperature changes can cause certain materials to expand or contract, leading to potential damage. Heat can also make your fingers swell, while cold temperatures can cause them to shrink - this means if you jump into a cold body of water after laying out in the sun, your rings might easily slide off.

Travel like a Pro

Invest in a trusted travel case or box to protect your pieces from knocking around while not in use, which could cause scratches or even result in a loose stone (we recommend one with individual compartments to keep your pieces organized and safe!). If your important jewelry is traveling with you, avoid packing it in your checked bag.

Better yet? Swap out your wedding band and/or wedding ring for a simple Travel Band. Our Everyday Travel Band is dainty and perfect for an everyday travel ring.

Know your stones... and how to care for them

Let’s start with harder gemstones, which include diamonds and sapphires. The best at home cleaning method for these durable stones is simple and you probably already have these items on hand. Use a soft bristled toothbrush (a kid’s one works great) and gently scrub your pieces with warm water and a dash of blue Dawn dish soap. If the piece is older or hasn't been touched in a while, make sure to do this cautiously over a bowl or enclosed space. Why? Oftentimes, dirt and other particles will hold a stone in place so cleaning can cause the stone to become loose or even fall out. 

When it comes to delicate stones (opal, emerald, topaz, moonstone, tourmaline, sunstone and onyx), cleaning them with warm soapy water and a soft cloth will do the trick. Make sure to avoid vigorous scrubbing and ultrasonic cleaners with these gentle beauties. 

Pearls (aka our go-to summer accessory) will need to be treated most delicately of all. They should be wiped with a soft cloth after a long day of wear, and can occasionally be cleaned with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to apply your perfume, sunscreen, and hairspray before styling your pearls.

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