5 Things You Shouldn't Do While Wearing Jewelry

A common misconception that jewelry owners have about their pieces is that they think they’re indestructible. After all, some jewelry is made out of metal and precious stones- what could possibly cause harm? A lot of things can, actually.

Treat a piece of jewelry right and it can last forever: Treat it carelessly and you can have some issues

At Hamra Jewelers, we know what needs to be done to take great care of your jewelry. We know which situations and activities aren’t safe for jewelry. If you remove your pieces before doing any of these 5 things, you will extend the life of your jewelry.

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Cooking

If there’s one room in your home where jewelry doesn’t belong, it’s in the kitchen. Cooking while wearing jewelry can cause long-lasting damage. Cooking oils and fats can stain your metals. Particles of food can get lodged in ring settings.Detergent and soaps can cloud up your stones, putting out their inner fire. Your kitchen is also a place where you can easilylose a piece of jewelry: A ring could slip off and fall into the garbage disposal, or a bracelet could tumble off your wrist and land in your food.

Swimming

People like to look their best at the beach, so it’s natural to want to wear jewelry when you hit the sand and surf. But you should think twice before wearing your priceless pieces to the beach. If you’re going to go swimming, take them off beforehand. If you lose a piece in the ocean, it could be impossible to find, especially if there are waves or you are in deep water. Make sure when you take them off that you secure them safely: Bring a small box or container and make sure someone you trust is taking care of your jewelry while you’re in the water. A loose ring or an earring could roll into the sand and be lost forever.

It is not just the ocean you should worry about: You shouldn’t wear your jewelry in a swimming pool, either. Chlorine can cloud up and tarnish your jewelry over time.   

Athletics

There’s a time and place for elegant jewelry: Exercise and sports isn’t one of them. Most diamonds and gemstones are sturdy and durable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be damaged. Stones could get chipped and cracked if you’re engaged in strenuous physical activities. Your gemstones could also scratch and damage other objects and surfaces, which is why wearing jewelry when doing anything that involves a lot of handwork is not a good idea.

It’s not just your stones you have to worry about. A lot of jewelry have clasps and mountings that could easily be damaged by athletics. You’re better off leaving your precious pieces at home before heading out to break a sweat.

Makeup

When getting ready to go out, save your jewelry for last. DON’T put on makeup or any beauty products while wearing your jewelry. That goes for makeup as well as hair care products and lotion. These products can create buildup on your jewelry that can tarnish your stones. Some hair care products have chemicals in them that can eat away at precious metals.  A good rule of thumb:  apply your makeup and perfume a good 15 minutes prior to putting your jewelry on.  This gives time for your skin to absorb anything that can be damaging..

Sleeping

Take off your pieces before going to bed. While the risk of damaging them while sleeping is minimal, the real danger comes from hurting yourself or your loved ones. Engagement rings can have sharp prongs.You don’t want to run the risk of scratching yourself or someone you share your bed with in the middle of the night. Always take off your jewelry before getting some shut-eye.

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