When Not to Wear Your Jewelry

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Before I went to work in the jewelry industry, I did not give much thought to how I wore my fine jewelry. Like many others, because I loved it, I wore it...any time and any place! But I soon discovered, like a fine automobile, the way I treated my jewelry made all the difference to its lasting beauty and track record of loss or repairs (which can be costly).

The best advice I have ever been given is, “Jewelry should be the LAST thing you put on when ready to go out and the FIRST thing you take off when you get home”.

We often think to remove decorative jewelry, but neglect to consider our engagement and wedding rings. Sometimes, the first hurdle is to allow ourselves permission, for the benefit of those pieces we love, to temporarily remove and store them for safekeeping in the same secure place.

Over the years, our Jessop’s staff has had the experience of listening to tales of woe from many customers. We have seen firsthand the damage done that might have been avoided by following a few good tips.

Don’t wear your jewelry...

Doing home improvements, gardening, or cleaning around the house
Working with rings or bracelets on in tight spaces or around chemicals, rocks and dirt, paint, power tools, etc. is a recipe for disaster.

Playing sports or pumping iron at the gym
Rings can be scuffed or scratched on textured handles or bent under the pressure of lifting weights. Stones can get chipped if accidently hit against heavy objects. Necklaces may get caught on equipment or earrings lost during floor exercises.

While swimming at the pool or relaxing at the beach
Chlorinated water, over time, can cause damage to metals, and sand is very abrasive and hard to remove from jewelry crevices. It is best to leave your jewelry at home or in a locker. If you remove it once you are poolside or at the beach, it is much more likely to get lost or stolen.

While cooking or doing dishes
Many kitchen tasks involve handling raw foods, cooking over heat, or using chemical cleaning products that are harmful. Bacteria and grease can also build up in the cracks and crevices of rings or bracelets.

While bathing or grooming
Soap film, lotions and creams, cosmetics, hair sprays, and perfumes can make your jewelry dull and cause a buildup of grime. They can also act like glue making it harder to detect repairs that may be needed or stones that may have become loose.

While sleeping
A long night of tossing and turning means jewelry is susceptible to excess body heat, pressure and stress that can break, bend or warp. There is also the possibility for prongs to snag on clothing or sheets which could cause a stone to come loose or be lost in a pile of bedding.

While caring for small children
Small children are often interested in sparkly or dangling objects making earrings, necklaces, and bracelets “fun” to grab, pull, yank, or break.

Jewelry, of course, is meant to be worn and enjoyed! However, by simply being aware of potential dangers and taking some simple precautions, you can minimize the risk of loss or damage and enjoy your jewelry for years to come.

Jill Mattingley
Jessop’s Sales Associate

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