Long days at the pool, beach days filled with lots of sunscreen and getting your hands dirty in the warm summer sand- Summertime is FINALLY here! It’s easy to forget how much of a toll all these summer elements such as sand, chlorine, and sunscreen can impact your cherished jewellery pieces. While you should always take good care of your jewellery, during the hot summer months you should pay extra attention to your jewellery cleaning and care routine of your precious gems, stones and jewels. Here are some tips and tricks for jewellery cleaning and care this summer.

Avoid Chlorine & Salt Water Pools

Many people don’t realize how a day at the pool or the beach can cause damage to your jewellery. Chlorine and saltwater can not only discolour or tarnish certain materials but can also cause erosion of silver or platinum elements making your jewellery dull and dingy over time. If the water you’re swimming in is especially warm like a hot tub, we do not recommend wearing your sterling silver pieces into hot tubs because the increase in temperature, along with the chemicals, will cause it to tarnish – Thankfully at J.H. Young, we can bring any piece of jewellery back to life with our refinishing process.

Keep your Jewellery Safe

Jumping into that refreshingly cool water after a hot day is an irreplaceable feeling, unfortunately, that ring that just slid off your finger may also be irreplaceable. When you go swimming, be sure to remove your jewellery before jumping in. Cool water can cause your fingers to shrink temporarily making it easy for jewellery to slip off your finger onto the bottom of the pool, lake, or ocean before you even notice it’s gone.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an imperative part of outdoor summer fun, and while it protects us from harmful UV rays, it does not protect jewellery. In fact, wearing your jewellery while applying or wearing sunscreen can cause the lotion to get stuck in small crevices of your pieces causing them to look dull, dirty, or worse – dingy. If your jewellery is in need of some TLC, bring it to us for cleaning- We can do it for you, or you can purchase one of our jewellery cleaning kits!

Keep your Jewellery Sparkling with J.H. Young

Keeping your jewellery clean and well cared for is a great way to protect it – we have many tips and tricks to protect your beloved jewellery, just come in and see us!  Whether you’re hanging out in the backyard, at the pool, or at the beach, we will ensure your favourite pieces sparkles and shines all year long! If you need help cleaning your jewellery, or your jewellery is in need of refinishing, give us a call – our jewellers are professionally trained and experienced in jewellery repairs and restorations of all kinds.