You’ve no doubt built up a wonderful collection of beautiful jewellery thanks to Showcase Jewellers, and every day you find a reason to show off your shiny pieces. In the interests of keeping your jewellery in pristine collection, we’ve put together a list of three places where you should resist the temptation to wear your precious ornaments.
Thermal hot springs
Most people will know this one by now, but in case you missed the memo: Do not wear your silver jewellery in thermal hot springs. The high sulphur content of the water is great for your skin but terrible for your jewellery. Immersing your silver in thermal pools and other geothermal areas will immediately tarnish your jewellery, leaving it looking darkened, dirty, and decidedly dull. The tarnish can be removed, either by yourself or a professional, but why subject yourself to an unnecessary headache?
When you fall in love with a piece of jewellery it can be tempting to wear it 24 hours a day, and there’s something whimsical about falling asleep with your most prized possession against your skin. However, you wriggle around a lot when you sleep, and this movement can put your jewellery at the risk of getting damaged.
Rolling onto your side can force your body’s weight against your arm and wrist, which could potentially caused link bracelets to become irreversibly kinked, while solid bracelets may stretch and get bent out of shape. Earrings should also be removed as they may catch on your pillows and linen during the night – a painful way to wake up that may also damage the earring.
The surf and sand presents a variety of risks to your jewellery that you should strongly consider before wearing your new diamond ring to the beach. Swimming for extended periods of time can cause your hands and fingers to wrinkle (which is actually shrinking them), posing the danger of your ring loosening and falling off in the sea, probably to never be seen again.
Make sure you leave your rose-gold jewellery at home, as its copper content is very susceptible to the corrosion caused by salt air. Sand is highly abrasive and can damage rhodium-plated and gold-plated surfaces, among others. Diamonds and other hard gemstones should be fine at the beach, but softer gemstones such as amethyst and citrine are also vulnerable to being scratched by the sand.