It’s beach season- the time to go bold with your jewelry or go home. But before you jump in the pool, slather on the sunscreen or head to the beach, it’s wise to know where dangers can lurk. If you’re not careful, summer can really take a toll on your jewelry. So in honor of all the rings resting on the ocean floor, the bracelets ruined from gardening and the gems fallen victim to a wicked game of beach volleyball, here are tips to keep your jewelry safe!

1. Visit Vik, our jeweler, to check for loose stones, prongs and clasps. It’s easy to lose a piece of jewelry or individual stones if you’re not giving your jewelry the regular check-ups it requires.

2. Always remove your jewelry before swimming and strenuous activities. Salt water and chlorine can both be very damaging.

3. Be a beach babe without bling. Suntan lotions, bug sprays and sunscreens can coat a stone, reducing the refractive and reflective light, resulting in loss of the stone’s brilliance. To avoid this, clean your gems regularly and go bare when in the sand.

4. Stay out of the sun when wearing your jewels. The sun can bleach certain materials, especially natural elements.

5. Don’t wear rings in cold water. The cold temperature of the water in pools, oceans, lakes and rivers causes your finger size to shrink temporarily. When this happens, rings can easily slip off the finger without your being aware of it.

6. Be mindful that this year alone a home burglary (nearly 70% of all robberies) will take place every 14 seconds. Second to cash, jewelry is the most commonly stolen item and most of the jewelry is never recovered. More thefts happen in summer than any other time of year. So while you’re planning weekend getaways and summer vacations, it’s important to know how to protect your treasured possessions.

7. Remove all jewelry before going into a hot tub or swimming pool. The chlorine can damage and discolor metals such as gold and platinum and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones.

8. Clean your jewelry regularly. Your own sweat and body oils can dull the shine of your jewelry. DIY cleaning calls for warm soapy water and a toothbrush. After the season, bring it in and we will professionally clean it to maintain the luster and sparkle of your precious baubles.

9. Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place. Keep your pieces in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers to prevent pieces from scratching each other.

10. Get your favorite jewelry insured! You’ll have the peace of mind that regardless of your surf and turf adventures, your jewelry is protected. Consult an insurance agent and make an appointment with our Principal, Peter, for an independent appraisal report to ensure a fair replacement if the article is lost, stolen or damaged.