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Summer Jewelry Care

By Robin Silva 9 months ago 1796 Views No comments
Summer Jewelry Care


Who doesn’t love spending a day at the pool, lake, or beach in the summer? Or maybe you travel for the winter and enjoy leisurely activities year-round. Regardless, be careful with your jewelry in and around water.

  • Clean jewelry and sunscreen don’t mix. Take your jewelry off before applying sunscreen or lotions. Sunscreen coats gemstones, leaving them dull and discolored. As lotion dries, it gets caught under prongs and stones, collects dirt, and can even force stones out.
  • Sunscreen can permanently damage your jewelry. If you don’t remove your jewelry or clean it right away, some stones can become permanently discolored. Sunscreen saves your skin, but destroys jewelry.
  • Don’t wear jewelry in pools or hot tubs. Pools, hot tubs, and jewelry don’t mix. The various types of chemicals found in either a hot tub or pool water can chemically react with the alloys in precious metals. This reaction can cause your jewelry to dull and discolor.
  • Don’t wear jewelry in fresh or salt water. Small pieces of jewelry, especially rings, can slip off undetected. If this happens, you are likely never going to find that item. If you misplace your jewelry while at the beach, you’d better have a metal detector on hand to recover it.

Another reason to take your jewelry off before you hit the water is that the sand or dirt in the water will stick to your jewelry and scratch the metal and stones. There’s a reason they call sandpaper, sandpaper: Sand and dirt are abrasive, can cause considerable damage, and will make your item appear dirty, as well.

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Most of the things that cause jewelry to get dirty can be easily avoided. If you’re having the family over for dinner on a Sunday, don’t stand around making meatballs with your rings on. Don’t leave your rings near the sink, or anywhere in the kitchen either. Would you leave $6,000 in cash sitting next to the stove or sink? Probably not, so do your best to keep your jewelry out of harm’s way.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Stay ahead of keeping your jewelry cleaned and your items will be with you for a good, long time. For a complete guide on Jewelry cleaning year round click visit: https://www.braunschweiger.com/weblog/your-guide-t...


We recommend that you bring your jewelry, especially your rings, to the jeweler of your choice at least twice a year for a cleaning and professional inspection. Here at Braunschweiger Jewelers, we provide this as a complimentary service to prevent unwanted damage and ensure your jewelry is looking its best.

To learn more about jewelry cleaning and inspections, come visit either of our New Jersey jewelry store locations in Morristown or New Providence to talk to any of our expert jewelers.