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Esther F Gorden

CaptiveLove’s Jewelry Survival Tips: Summer Edition

Summer means sun, beaches and for you, not so great for your jewelry. Here’s why.

* Summer’s heat brings on sweat. Besides the unwanted aroma, sweat contains body acids. An acid environment can hasten tarnish on your shiny metals and eat away tarnish from your oxidized jewelry.

* Chlorine and saltwater can interact with some metals and other materials, affecting finish or color.

* The sun's UV rays can damage popular gemstones like amethyst, citrine, sapphires, rose quartz and smoky quartz.

* Lotions and sunscreens contain chemicals which can affect finishes.

* Sand can scratch gemstones, metals, and resins.

The best solution is to not wear your fine jewelry at the beach…leave those diamonds, emeralds and pearls at home. Jewelry sliding off your fingers from oil in your sunscreen into the sand, ocean or pool is common. Remember seeing those guys with metal detectors walking the beach? They are looking for someone’s misfortune.

It’s not all doom and gloom if you want to add some sparkle...keep it simple with real 14K gold or sterling silver chain jewelry, no fancy finishes. Plated or overlay will not hold up over time.

If you cannot resist a game of beach volleyball, rinse off your jewelry promptly, then gently pat dry. At home maintain your jewelry by using a polishing cloth like Sunshine Polishing Cloth to keep your shiny metals at their best. Refresh your oxidized sterling silver with a polishing/surface sealant product like Renaissance Microcrystalline Wax.

Search “Beach” on the CaptiveLove® website for summer jewelry suggestions available in a brushed matte silver finish. Have a great summer!

Photo:  Matthew Henry

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