Nothing is better than diamonds sparkling in the sun. But many of the things we love most about summer can be a bit tough on jewelry. Follow these simple tips to keep your jewelry shining all summer long.
TAKE IT OFF BEFORE JUMPING IN
Before you dive into a pool, ocean or hot tub, take off your jewelry and put it in a safe place. Your diamonds don’t mind a dip but chlorine and salt can damage or discolor gold and silver and some gemstones.
Since your fingers swell in the heat but shrink in cold water, it’s more common than you would thing to have a ring slip off in the water. And looking for your ring or earrings in the surf or sand is a pretty lousy way to spend a day at the beach.
DON’T SANDBLAST YOUR JEWELS
A scrub with sand might be great for your toes but for your jewelry, not so much. The abrasion can scratch the metal and embedded sand can loosen your setting. So leave your jewelry at home or leave the sandcastles to the kids.
PUT SUNSCREEN ON YOU, NOT YOUR JEWELRY
If you want to keep your jewelry shining, take it off before you rub on sunscreen and lotions. Lotions have chemicals that leave a greasy film on your jewelry and cloud your gems. It’s harder to scrub it off than to keep it from building up in the first place!
WIPE IT AFTER WEARING IT
It’s hot and sweaty out there! Make sure salt from your skin doesn’t stay on your jewelry. Wipe each piece with a soft damp cloth after you wear it to remove any residue before you put it away. It will be ready for you to wear the next time.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Hey, summer happens! When your jewelry gets messy, clean it with dish soap and water. You can also take it to your jeweler and have it professionally cleaned at the end of the summer. Ask your jeweler to check and make sure that all the prongs are tight so you don’t lose a gem.
Now that your gold jewelry is clean and ready for the summer, all that’s left to do is wear it! If you’re looking for unique gold jewelry to purchase and wear, or if you’re looking to sell your gold jewelry, Parker Pawn & Jewelry will help you with all your needs! Visit us online at parkerpawn.com or visit one of our storefronts in Fayetteville and Spring Lake. Give us a call today at (910) 321-0500.