Summer Jewelry Tips and Cleaning

Keep your jewelry looking as bright and fresh as a summer’s day with these easy jewelry care and cleaning tips from your Dallas jeweler. It’s especially important in summer because of how likely you are to come in contact with everything from sunscreen and bug spray to saltwater, chlorinated water, and even drippy treats like ice cream cones! While there’s a lot of well-meaning jewelry cleaning advice from friends and family, learn the best summer jewelry tips here. 

Be Safe in Wearing Your Jewelry

Of course we all love our rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces and want to wear them everywhere we go. But sometimes in the summer, it’s best to consider leaving them at home. A great example of this is wearing jewelry at the beach. Sand, saltwater, and sunscreen can damage gems and metals. Depending on how many sandcastles you build, you could break and lose your jewelry or gemstones, too! Theme parks and yard work are other common ways to dirty your jewelry. After wearing your pieces, wipe them gently with a soft cloth to remove debris, oils, and saltwater. Then, store each piece carefully in a jewelry box or pouch, separated from other pieces to avoid scratches.

Skip the Old Wives Tales

There are so many pieces of well-meaning advice out there that have been passed on to us from our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and friends, but rarely are they actually good for our jewelry. So skip the toothpaste and toothbrush for jewelry cleaning because the bristles can put undue pressure on prongs and links, and the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste can harm soft gemstones. Avoid pouring hydrogen peroxide, bleach, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice over your jewelry or allowing your pieces to soak in them; all of these substances can damage gemstones and alloy metals.  

Rely On Your Jeweler

Keep your jewelry in top shape by making a visit to your Plano jeweler before and after summer. Beforehand, the jeweler can inspect each piece to make sure prongs, clasps, and links are secure. Your jeweler also has at-home jewelry cleaning solutions for sale that can safely lift common grime from gemstones and metals. In most cases, it’s easy to immerse the jewelry in the cleaner for a few minutes and then rinse it (except for pearls). After the summer season, your jeweler can verify the integrity of each piece and make sure there’s no unseen damage. An after-season visit can also give your jeweler a chance to professionally clean your pieces, thoroughly but gently. It’s the safest way to make sure your favorite summer jewelry pieces look great season after season.

With some simple care steps and extra attention from your Frisco jewelry store, it’s easy to keep your earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets sparkling all summer long, year after year. Avoid harsh chemicals from sunscreens and pools, trust cleaning solutions from your jeweler, and store jewelry properly for safekeeping. A little extra TLC will keep your gemstone safe and secure while looking sparkly, and your metal pieces smooth and scratch-free.

Visit Gem Classics to have your jewelry inspected and get summer jewelry tips specific to your jewelry needs.

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