Jewelry Safety Tips to Avoid Damage to Your Jewelry

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When packing your suitcase, keep in mind what items are delicate. Most pieces in your suitcase are almost always delicate, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and wedding bands. Jewelry can slip, bounce and fly around in your bag, so you want to pack as light as possible. Take a photo of each piece pandora charms you bring with you on vacation and pack it separately so if one piece does get damaged you can easily find its location. Make sure to pack items that can be displayed on a door or window sill, to prevent them from getting broken or lost.

Don’t forget to pack a pair of shoes for a beach vacation. Sand can be incredibly rough on shoes, but this is often overlooked when packing.

Always check your hotel room for mirrors before opening the door, as they are common hiding places for children.

When to Remove Your Jewelry

When you’re not wearing it, a piece of pandora charms are always at risk for damage. However, summer is the prime season for jewelry injury. Large pieces such as rings and bracelets typically face the most hazards. “Avoid the temptation to remove jewelry if you’re in the middle of a busy social situation, or you’re not planning to have the piece on very long,” advises Ben Cook, certified gemologist and director of research and development for Swarovski. “Under any circumstance, remove your jewelry when you’re not wearing it. Not only will this prevent accidental damage, but wearing your engagement ring or wedding band all day will significantly reduce the overall pleasure you get from wearing your jewelry.”

Where to Store Jewelry

Jewelry should be stored in its original packaging.

How to Care for Your Jewelry

Dirty, sandy jewelry isn’t the worst thing. Just take it out of the water, and rub a little dishwashing liquid and salt inside, and it will be as good as new. If the jewelry is a little wet, though, you may want to remove the bands and take a quick rinse under the tap.

Avoid Sweating

Lucky for us, we don’t need to avoid all physical activity to keep our jewelry safe. While sweat and even moisture from water can get into a precious stone and prevent it from shining, a little wear and tear is inevitable. Dab a little mineral oil on the gem and then gently polish until there is no more discoloration or dirt. It won’t hurt your gem, and your jewelry will look great for years to come.

Clean your jewelry regularly

Most jewelry—jewelry and costume jewelry—has an outer layer made of plastic. This is called the outer polish or texturing. Cleaning this layer regularly is the best way to prevent ring scratch and crack. Oil-based products like liquid detergent and baby oil can break down the plastics and remove the protective layer. These products are great to use on other items such as fur, yarn, upholstery and most skin accessories. Gentle soap and water with a cotton cloth can do the same job.

Never wear rubbers

Rubbers are synthetic rubber beads, chains, adornments and other materials. It’s not uncommon for many rubbers to be found attached to the fingers of children. Rubbers are cheap and stretchy, and can be a quick way to pass the time at the beach.