Summer Care Tips for Charms and Jewelry

Jun 26th 2023

Summer Care Tips for Charms and Jewelry

By Charmco

How to Care for Your Charms + Jewels in Summer

Summer is the perfect time to show off your favorite charms and jewelry - short sleeves to highlight your collection and all the sun to make it shine. However, summer also brings unique challenges that can affect the condition of your cherished pieces. Summer is the season of sweat, SPF, saltwater, chlorine, and sand, which often don't mix with fine jewelry. But don't worry! With our essential care tips, we'll help you protect your beloved treasures during the summer months, ensuring they remain beautiful and sparkling for years to come.

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Hydrate Your Body, Not Your Jewels

One of the most crucial summer care tips for charms and other fine jewelry is to remove them before engaging in water activities. Whether swimming in the pool, relaxing at the beach, or even taking a shower, exposing your jewelry to water can have detrimental effects. First and foremost, did you know the number one place people lose their jewelry is in bodies of water? Well, now you do! Additionally, where there is moisture, bacteria will follow, and constant contact with water can increase your risk of skin irritation as moisture and bacteria build up in the crevices of your pieces and between your skin and your jewels. Plus, chlorine and salt water can be particularly harsh on jewelry, leading to discoloration and corrosion with prolonged exposure. Play it safe and make it a habit to remove your jewelry before any water-related activities.

Skincare First, Jewelry Second

Say yes to SPF....before you adorn yourself with your jewels. Skincare products like lotions, perfumes, and sunscreen contain chemicals and oils that create a film on the surface of your jewelry, dulling its luster and attracting dirt and grime. Over time, this grime will build up in the crevices of your jewels to the detriment of your pieces and even your skin. Skincare products can often contain various chemicals that could damage your more delicate charms with prolonged exposure. To prevent this, apply your skincare products first, allowing them to fully absorb your skin. Once your skincare routine is complete, you can pile on the jewels! Just remember to take them off again when you reapply your SPF like the diligent sun worshipper you are.

Delicate Gemstones and Vintage Treasures

Some charms feature precious gemstones that require extra care, especially during summer. Gemstones like opal, pearl, and emerald are relatively soft and prone to damage from heat, sunlight, and chemicals. To protect these delicate gemstones, avoid exposing them to direct sunlight for extended periods and keep them away from excessively high temperatures. When not wearing your charms, store them in a cool and dry place, preferably in a jewelry box or pouch, to prevent scratches or accidental damage. Vintage charms, similarly, often need a little extra love, especially if they have enamel. These charms may be more delicate due to age and should be handled with care. Avoid subjecting them to excessive force, extreme temperatures, or prolonged exposure to sun and moisture.

Ready for Sun

Friends, you are now ready to embrace summer at full throttle! Following our summer care tips will ensure your jewelry remains in excellent condition for many summers to come. We can't wait to see what you and your charms get up to!

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