There are few possessions as prized and personal as our jewelry. Whether it's your engagement ring that represents your love, a pendant that is a family heirloom, or the diamond earrings you couldn't imagine living without, jewelry is more than worth taking care of.

Especially in extreme weather such as summer and winter, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect our jewelry and preserve its beauty. Summer months (especially those extra-hot days in Florida!) present unique challenges to protecting fine jewelry. With a few easy and simple precautions, you can maintain the dazzling allure of your jewelry through this summer and for years to come.

Traveling

For many, summer means vacation days and traveling. Make sure that if you are taking any jewelry with you on your travels, that you properly store and pack these items to ensure their safety. Never toss loose jewelry into a suitcase as it could easily be lost or damaged. Try and pack jewelry in a padded area of your suitcase, preferably in a box or pouch that was provided with the piece. If you’re flying, consider keeping your jewelry close by packing it in your carry on so you can keep a close eye on it’s whereabouts and condition. It may be a good idea to purchase a travel jewelry box made with special materials and with designated compartments to protect and store your jewelry.

Summer Activities

Long days in the sun and the sand… summer means tons of fun activities to enjoy with friends and family. Some of these pastimes however, are not so jewelry friendly. These activities sometimes present extreme conditions that can pose serious threats to the state of your jewelry. When planning on spending time in a chlorinated pool or saltwater, it is best to leave your jewelry at home to ensure that none of your precious pieces are lost or damaged. Always store your jewelry in a safe place, shielded from excessive heat, sunlight, and moisture.

Another important factor to consider: residue buildup can cause stones to appear cloudy and lose some of their sparkle. Summer weather often calls for special skin care, like the increased use of sunscreen. When caring for your skin, make sure  you’re also caring for your jewelry. Remove any jewelry before washing your hands, bathing, or applying lotion.

Clothing

Warmer weather can mean more changing— whether due to heat or summer activities. When getting dressed and undressed, pay attention to rings, earrings, and the like. A simple rule to follow is to put your jewelry on only after getting fully dressed, and removing jewelry entirely before getting undressed. If you wear hats or accessories that may cover your jewelry, just make sure to take special care when removing these articles.

Have fun this season, but make sure to protect your jewelry so you can continue to enjoy it for many summers to come!

 

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