While pumpkin spice season may be just around the corner, there’s no need to bid farewell to trips to the beach and pool just yet. It’s important to take care of your jewelry year-round, but summertime means extra exposure to things that can damage your treasures. All that fun in the sun can wreak havoc on your diamond engagement ring. Here are a few tips on the best ways to care for your jewelry during the summer.
Take Jewelry Off Before Applying Sunscreen
We all know that wearing sunscreen is important. When you’re itching to get in the water, it’s easy to just slather lotion on yourself and dive right in — but wait! Before you protect your skin against the sun, protect your jewelry against your sunscreen. That’s right, sunscreen can cause a buildup of film on your rings, necklaces, earrings, and other accessories. That filmy buildup can make your engagement ring lose its luster — and we know you don’t want that! Slip your jewelry off before applying sunscreen for the day — preferably while you’re at home or in your hotel room so you can stow it away safely instead of having to tuck it in a beach bag. This leads us to our next point…
Properly Store Your Jewelry
One of the best ways to protect your jewelry — both at home and while traveling — is to make sure it’s stored properly. The best protection for your jewelry at home is in a clean jewelry box or other jewelry storage receptacle. Make sure you use a protective, cushioned fabric or soft type of felt to ensure your wedding ring (and other jewelry) doesn’t get scratched.
While traveling, storing jewelry in a travel-friendly jewelry organizer (with aforementioned protective fabrics!) is a great idea… but don’t stop there. Jewelry theft can happen even in the sanctuary of your hotel room so if the hotel offers a safe, take advantage and keep your jewelry safely stashed in it.
Don’t Wear Jewelry While Swimming
When that clear, sparkling body of water beckons on a hot day, it’s tempting to just dive right in. If you’ve already applied sunscreen and are following our tips, you’ve already removed and stored your jewelry by now… but just in case you’re swimming in an indoor pool or forgot our first two tips, make sure you take your jewelry off before taking the plunge! Chlorine and salt water can discolor and damage gold or platinum and slowly erode a gemstone’s polish. Not to mention the risk you run of losing your jewelry. When your fingers are cold, they constrict — and if your rings are even a little loose, they could slip off your finger and get lost in the water without you even realizing it.
Clean Jewelry Regularly
There’s nothing like a freshly cleaned ring that absolutely shines. While you can — and should — take your jewelry for professional cleanings every now and then, sometimes you just need a quick polish. Cleaning your jewelry on a regular basis is a great way to keep it protected and beautiful. Whether cleaning your diamond engagement ring or gold jewelry, DIY cleanings are a quick fix for gunky gems when done properly.
Even when you follow our tips and take the utmost caution to care for your jewelry, accidents can happen. That’s where we come in! A comprehensive jewelry insurance policy from Zillion ensures that your treasures are well-protected through all four seasons. Our standalone policies cover your jewelry in the event of theft, loss, accidental damage, or natural disasters.
Get your free quote today. When you’ve got Zillion on your side, you do more than just wear your jewelry — you wear it with confidence.