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A guide for protecting jewellery from damage when travelling

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A guide for protecting jewellery from damage when travelling

Sep 14, 2022

A holiday is all about sun, sea, sand, and sunscreen, however, these can also damage your jewellery. Once your jewellery gets exposed to harsh chemicals like salt water and chlorine, it can be damaged. Precious metals can even be weakened. So, to prevent your jewellery from coming under constant threat during your holiday, here are some crucial steps to protect it.

Clean with lukewarm soapy water

According to jewellery experts, precious metals and gemstones should never encounter perfumes, chlorine, salt water, skin lotions/cream, or salty air. If you cannot avoid some of these factors, it is important to clean your jewellery with lukewarm soapy water and a soft brush. Do not immerse the jewellery directly in the water. It will help remove dirt or grime and protect the jewellery from further damage.

Managing jewellery after beach time

As relaxing and rejuvenating as the beach is, it isn’t suitable for your jewellery. But that doesn’t mean you cannot do anything about it. You can certainly take care of your jewellery after exposure to beach hazards. If you notice contaminants on jewellery, use a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth to wipe off the residue gently. It will help maintain the natural shine of the stones or metals and prevent it from further corrosion.

However, if the pieces require a heavy cleaning job, wash the jewellery thoroughly and use a soft, non-abrasive cloth and gentle soap to clean them. Do not use harsh chemicals and other cleaning treatments to clean your jewellery. Once the jewellery pieces are cleaned, use another soft cloth to dry them. It is important to dry the jewellery before you store them. 

Avoid too much sunlight

Just like our body needs protection from UV rays, so does our jewellery. Make sure that all your favourite jewellery pieces are not exposed to heat, UV rays, and natural sunlight. Too many UV rays can cause discoloration and deterioration of jewellery. The sun can even bleach certain materials. It means you need to be extra cautious and remember to take off all your jewellery when you are in the sun for prolonged periods.

When the monsoon is in full swing

Gold jewellery is prone to catching dust and dirt when kept in a humid environment. If your holiday destination is somewhere where the monsoon is in full swing, take extra care of your jewellery to protect it from damp weather. So, to protect your jewellery from air and humidity, store it in air-tight bags made of anti-tarnish paper. You may also use plastic zip lock bags made of mylar or polyethylene. These bags reduce air exposure and keep your jewellery safe for a long time.

Pay special attention to leather

Many pieces of jewellery have leather components. And, it is essential to note that leather jewellery should never get wet. Keep your leather ornaments far away from the sea. In case of an unavoidable situation, clean the jewellery with a slightly damp cloth. You may also use a specialised leather cleaner; specifically designed to remove contaminants from leather jewellery.

Above all, it is always a good idea to schedule a professional cleaning of your jewellery when you return from vacation.

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