Winter vacation season is upon us! But before you jump in the pool, slather on sunscreen or head to the beach, it never hurts to know where dangers can lurk. If you’re not careful, a vacation can take a toll on your jewelry.
Be like this smart couple and take off your rings before you hit the beach.
In honor of rings resting on the ocean floor, bracelets lost while scuba diving and gems fallen victim to a wicked game of beach volleyball, here are five situations when not to wear your wedding ring, or any other fine jewelry you’d hate to damage or lose.
While swimming or exercising. Salt water and chlorine can be damaging to your jewelry, especially for karat gold and sterling silver jewelry. And sweat can make sterling silver jewelry tarnish quickly.
While applying makeup, sun block or bug spray. Substances like lotion can get stuck in crevices of chains and prongs, making it hard to clean out. Plus these products form a film on your jewelry, making it appear dull and dingy.
In direct sunlight. The sun can bleach certain materials, especially natural gesmtones like pearls.
In cold water. The cold temperature of the water in pools, oceans, lakes and rivers causes your finger size to shrink temporarily. When this happens, rings can easily slip off the finger without your knowledge, until it’s too late.
While using a hot tub or swimming pool. While it won't harm your diamonds, chlorine can damage and discolor metals such as gold and platinum, and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones.
As always, it’s good practice to bring your jewelry in to Family & Co. Jewelers for inspection and cleaning. Your pieces will be in that much better condition to withstand any vacation activities.
The only surefire way to guarantee not losing or damaging your jewelry while on vacation is to simply take it off and leave it at home. Insuring your precious jewelry is recommended. Family & Co. Jewelers can expertly appraise your jewelry (no charge on items purchased from us) and also recommend a very good insurance company that only insures fine jewelry.