Having worked in jewelry for over a decade, I can tell you that I have seen my fair share of summer related jewelry accidents. What's worse is that they were all avoidable! From wearing gold jewelry in chlorinated pools to sunscreen mishaps; here are 5 simple tips to safely enjoy your jewelry all summer long!
1. Chlorinated Water
Chlorine should never come in contact with 14KT and 18KT gold! This is because 14KT and 18KT are not pure gold. These golds are mixed with other metals to make them stronger, more malleable, and to add color. However, these metals will deteriorate when they come in contact with chlorine, leaving you with damaged and broken jewelry. Heat can accelerate the process making the damage occur faster, so be especially careful in hot tubs. To be safe, always remove your gold jewelry before swimming in pools or lounging in hot tubs.
2. Suntan Lotion
Let's face it, sun screen is a must to protect your skin from the damaging affects of the sun. However, sun tan lotion and jewelry do not go well together. First, the lotion can act as a lubricant that, when you hands react to cold water by shrinking, can make a ring slip right off your hand. Also, suntan lotion can also act like glue, capturing dust, dirt, and sand in the nooks and crannies of your ring.
3. Cold Water
When summer's heat and humidity set in fingers swell. Cold water reduces that swelling. As your fingers start to shrink down, a snug ring can slip off your finger. And, if you loose your ring in the water it is likely to be gone forever! Suntan lotion can aggravate the problem by adding a lubricant making it that much easier for a ring to slip off. Best bet, leave your rings at home or in the hotel safe.
4. Traveling With Jewelry
Does traveling with jewelry sound risky? It can be, but here are some easy tips to take the worry out of travel so you can enjoy your jewels anywhere!
- Airport Security - Have you ever gone through airport security and your belongings get through before you do? Who is watching your tray of jewelry? NOBODY! Wait till you get through the security check point before putting on your jewelry. Keep it tucked in your purse or carry on instead. After you get through security you can accessorize till your heart is content.
- Lock It Up - Lock your jewelry in your hotel safe when you're not wearing it. It's just as likely to get knocked off the night stand and vacuumed up by house keeping as it is to get stolen.
- Get It Insured - Always insure your jewelry. It's not expensive and if you have a loss, it will take the sting out of a difficult time.
5. Packing Jewelry
Overpacking your jewelry means you have more things to worry about. Focus on a few versatile pieces of jewelry that can effortlessly take you from day to night. And, be sure to pack your jewelry carefully. Poorly packed jewelry can result in scratched or broken stones and tangled chains. Visit Bella's Pinterest board for ideas.
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