Jewelry Care Tips for Winter

winter jewelry care tips

While winter doesn’t officially begin until mid-December, cold weather is in full swing in many parts of the country. In all of the commotion of the holidays, you might not be thinking about keeping your jewelry clean and safe. After all, what’s so different about jewelry care when the temperature drops? A lot, actually!

From finger shrinkage to pulling your ring off with your gloves, many things could happen to your jewelry during the wintertime. But never fear—we’ve got 5 winter jewelry care tips to help keep your accessories shiny, safe, and looking great. 

Ensure A Proper Ring Fit

Anyone who’s ever worn a ring will tell you that sometimes their rings fit snugly while other times, it feels like they might fall off at any moment. Some people think that it’s just their imagination, but we assure you, it isn’t! While fluctuations in finger size can be caused by weight loss or gain, arthritis, pregnancy, or water retention, the weather is also a large factor in how your rings fit. 

Our bodies react to temperature changes: when it’s cold outside, your body constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow to the skin. This is why your rings might feel loose in the wintertime and more snug during warmer months, when your hands are more likely extra warm and mildly swollen.

Now, here’s where things get complicated: people often size their rings to fit their fingers in the summertime, so when cold weather hits, the rings become loose and risk slipping off. Semi-annual ring resizing isn’t practical, so a good jewelry care tip is to buy a ring guard to hold your ring in place when the weather is colder. 

Take Care When Layering

If you live somewhere snowy, you’re no stranger to the art of layering. You’ve probably gotten quite good at choosing your base layer, your warming layer, and your outerwear layer. You’ll likely throw a scarf, hat, and gloves into the mix. All of these layers are great for keeping warm but can spell disaster for jewelry. The more layers you add, the higher the risk of snagging your rings on a sweater or on the inside of knitted gloves. If your ring snags and you don’t notice it, it could slip off and become lost. It’s also possible to actually damage your ring by getting it caught on clothing! To prevent this from happening, dress carefully and pay close attention to your jewelry before, during, and after getting dressed.

Remove Jewelry Before Winter Sports/Hobbies

Winter is a great time to embark on adventures you can’t have any other time of the year. There’s skiing, ice skating, snowball fights, ice fishing, ice hockey, and many other activities that can lead to damaged or lost jewelry. Before heading out for some chilly fun, one jewelry care tip is to remove your jewelry and store it safely. And remember to remove your rings before preparing and cooking any holiday dinners. You don’t want your engagement ring to become the unintentional centerpiece in that pumpkin pie! 

Clean Your Jewelry Regularly

Another good jewelry care tip is to have your jewelry professionally cleaned about 1-2 times a year. But did you know that you can easily clean your jewelry at home? We recommend regularly cleaning your jewelry to keep it looking gorgeous—especially during the winter months. During cold, dry weather, you may tend to lotion your hands more frequently. Over time, lotion builds up in the crevices of your rings; this build-up can make gems and jewels look dull. Treat your rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces to regular cleanings to keep them looking their best. 

Get Jewelry Insurance

Of course, even after applying all the winter jewelry care tips mentioned above, things still happen. Life comes at us in unpredictable ways, and sometimes those ways result in lost, damaged, or stolen jewelry. The best defense against this is to purchase jewelry insurance for your accessories. The best jewelry insurance policy, like what Zillion offers exclusively through our partner network, will protect your treasures against theft, loss, accidental damage, and natural disasters.

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