Let’s not mince words. Summer is not your jewelry’s friend. Just about everywhere you turn, some summer element is trying to damage or break your jewelry. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorites…but you should seriously consider these important tips to keep your jewelry safe and looking great.
Chlorine and Saltwater
If you’re going swimming, take your jewelry off. Both chlorine in swimming pools and saltwater in the ocean are harsh and can damage or discolor metals. They will slowly erode the finish and dull the polish of gemstones. Remember that heat will make your fingers swell, but shrink when you jump in the cold water. This combination is a sure-fire way to have rings slip off and get lost. Your best bet, take your jewelry off before swimming.
Certain gems, including amethyst and kunzite, are sensitive to UV rays from the sun. Too much exposure can change the color irreversibly.