Protect your Jewelry this Summer

May 24, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer; the beginning of cookouts, swimming pools, and summer getaways.

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, summer can take a toll on your jewelry.

When not to wear your wedding ring

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 ruined from gardening and gems fallen victim to a wicked game of beach volleyball, here are six 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 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. Chlorine can damage and discolor metals such as gold and platinum, and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones.
  • While gardening. Dirt and small rocks are abrasive to jewelry. If not cleaned right away, jewelry can be permanently damaged. Beware the dangers of gardening gloves, too.

Because pearls are an organic gem, please avoid household chemicals, cosmetics, hair sprays, and perfumes. Don't use ultrasonic cleaners. Wash with mild soap and water and store in a protective chamois pouch or tissue paper.


Never put perfume or cologne on directly where the pearls will be in contact on the neck. The same holds true for your pearl earrings. In my opinion said scents should be applied to the throat and/or cleavage or wrist unless you are wearing a pearl bracelet. The alcohol will destroy the luster of the pearls.


Also if you wear your pearl necklace on average once a week you should have it restrung once a year. Or when the pearls slip over the knots and get sloppy.

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 summer activities.

The only surefire way to guarantee not losing or damaging your jewelry this summer 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.

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