9 Tips for Taking Care of Your Jewelry This Summer
With the rays of summer officially upon us, many Arkansans are having fun in the sun and going to the lake, the beach and spending more time outdoors.
But Bill and Sharri Jones, CEO and Executive Secretary of Sissy’s Log Cabin, warn that too much exposure to sunshine and the elements can mean bad news for your favorite pieces of jewelry.
Fortunately, the Jones family has some advice to offer to AY’s readers for taking care of your jewelry while enjoying the great outdoors.
Take off your jewelry before applying sunscreen or lotions
Be sure to wait until the sunscreen/lotion has been absorbed into your skin before putting your jewelry back on.
Stay away from chlorine
Chemicals in chlorinated pools can be harmful to some gemstones and metals, causing them to blemish or tarnish over time.
Keep jewelry out of saltwater
Saltwater can damage some gemstones, so be cautious while taking a beach dip.
Sunshine does not equal jewelry-shine
Some gemstones, including ruby, aquamarine and amethyst, can fade in direct sunlight.
Beware of sand
Abrasives, like sand, can cause soft metals to scratch. Sand particles can also be difficult to dislodge from intricate jewelry mounts.
Keep it clean
If you’ve been sweating, give your jewelry a gentle clean with warm water and mild soap, then dry with a soft cloth.
Simple for active, glamorous for going out
For active adventures, select simple stud earrings or classic stackable bracelets, and save your finest jewelry for evening soirees and weekend brunches.
Let your jewelry travel in style
Protect your jewelry on the go by tucking it into a soft-interior jewelry case while you drive or fly.
Go to the pros
Stop in your nearest Sissy’s Log Cabin for a professional jewelry cleaning or for additional jewelry care advice.
Sissy’s Log Cabin typically recommends regular six-month professional cleanings for frequently worn jewelry, like wedding rings and staple favorites. For a quick clean at home, Sissy’s Log Cabin offers a jewelry cleaning kit, with its professional team only a call away to answer any questions. Sissy’s Log Cabin has five locations total: Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Conway and Jonesboro in Arkansas and another in Memphis, Tennessee.