Jewelry Care 101: What Not to Do with Your Fine Jewelry

Jewelry Care 101: What Not to Do with Your Fine Jewelry

It's important to take proper care of your precious pieces to ensure the longevity and brilliance of your jewelry. While wearing your jewelry all the time may be tempting, there are certain activities where it's best to give your jewelry a break. In this blog post, we will explore why you shouldn't always wear your jewelry and provide valuable tips to help you keep them safe and in optimal condition.


  1. Avoid Wearing Jewelry in Water-Related Activities: Remember the iconic moment when Kim Kardashian was tearful in the ocean after losing her diamond studs? Whether you're at a swimming pool, beach, or lake, it's crucial to remove your jewelry before taking a dip. Apart from the risk of losing your jewelry, the exposure to water can cause damage over time. Chlorine in pools and saltwater can corrode metals and gemstones, leading to discoloration and potential structural damage.


  1. Remove Jewelry When Showering: While it may seem harmless to wear your jewelry while showering, the chemicals present in soaps, shampoos, and conditioners can leave residue on your precious pieces. Over time, this buildup can dull the shine of gemstones, degrade the metal, or even cause gem settings to become loose. To avoid this, make it a habit to remove your jewelry before stepping into the shower.


  1. Exercise Caution at the Gym: The gym is not an ideal place to wear your fine jewelry, especially during intense workouts or weightlifting sessions. Metal bars and weights can scratch or damage your jewelry, particularly delicate pieces. Additionally, the combination of sweat and salt can cause corrosion and tarnishing.


  1. Avoid Putting on Jewelry before Applying Beauty Products: Beauty products such as skincare, perfumes, or sunscreen can leave behind residue, especially if they contain oils or active ingredients. When you wear jewelry before applying these products, the residue can accumulate on your pieces, gradually diminishing their luster and causing a dull appearance over time. Prioritizing your skincare routine first ensures that your jewelry stays free from potential build-up.


  1. Store Jewelry in a Safe Environment: When you're not wearing your jewelry, it's crucial to store it in a safe and secure place. Avoid storing your jewelry in direct sunlight and humidity, as these factors can contribute to tarnishing and other forms of damage.


What if My Jewelry Already Lost Its Shine?

In most cases when your fine jewelry has lost its shine or forms a layer of residue, you can easily clean it by soaking it in warm water with a few drops of soap, gently rubbing the jewelry, and patting it dry with a clean cloth. However, if your jewelry is NOT a fine jewelry piece, attempting to revive it may not yield the desired results. At Boston Bay Diamonds, we specialize in crafting fine jewelry made of high-quality materials like gold and sterling silver, ensuring that our pieces are fine jewelry and designed to last.


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