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4 Simple Tips for Taking Care of Your Jewelry This Summer

June 20th, 2024

A beautiful necklace laying in soft beach sand.

Here in Miami, there’s no shortage of ways to have fun in the sun. However, as the summer heat beckons us outside, safeguarding your cherished adornments becomes paramount. From poolside gatherings and trips to the beach to traveling across the world, we at Kirk Jewelers understand the importance of ensuring your jewelry radiates brilliance throughout the season. Discover expert insights and lifestyle-inspired tips designed to safeguard your treasured adornments as you enjoy all the activities summer has to offer. Embrace the allure of summer with confidence, knowing your jewelry is protected with our preventative measures.

Avoid the Water

While the allure of a refreshing dip in the pool or an invigorating swim in the ocean is undeniable, protecting your beloved jewelry means exercising caution around water. The chemicals present in pool water, along with the corrosive nature of saltwater, pose significant risks to the luster and integrity of your precious pieces, potentially causing discoloration or irreversible damage.

Moreover, the unfortunate possibility of losing jewelry in the water looms large, with the depths offering little hope of recovery. To safeguard against these perils, avoid wearing jewelry if you plan on hitting the water. Otherwise, avoid the water if you’re wearing your favorite adornments. Both options ensure the longevity and security of your cherished adornments, even while enjoying aquatic activities.

A black and white close-up shot  of several strings of pearls.

Take Care of Sensitive Stones

During the summer months, it's crucial to recognize that not all gemstones are created equal in terms of resilience. Some gemstones, such as pearls, opals, and turquoise, are inherently porous and susceptible to scratching, heat, and chemical damage. These delicate beauties require extra vigilance to preserve their natural allure, especially at the beach or poolside.

Conversely, heat-sensitive gemstones such as amethyst, topaz, and emerald demand particular care, as exposure to high temperatures can lead to flaws, cracks, or undesirable alterations in color. To protect sensitive stones from becoming damaged, keep them away from direct light, high heat, and any chemicals or abrasives like beach sand. Proper care for these exquisite stones ensure they will continue to dazzle, even amidst the sizzling Miami summer.

A close-up of a woman gently holding an elegant gold necklace.

Keep Your Jewelry Clean

Maintaining pristine cleanliness is key to safeguarding your jewelry's brilliance and longevity, especially during the hot Miami summer. Harsh chemicals found in everyday products like sunscreen, lotion, bug repellent, and cosmetics, and even your sweat can tarnish your treasured pieces or compromise delicate clasps.

Regular cleaning at home can mitigate these risks, using gentle solutions and soft brushes to delicately remove any accumulated residue— especially if you wear your jewelry often. A soft cloth can then be used to gently polish and restore the jewelry's natural luster. By incorporating these simple yet effective cleaning practices into your routine, you not only preserve the vibrancy and strength of your jewelry, but also uphold its exquisite allure for seasons to come.

Travel Carefully

Whether you’re traveling across the city or across the world, ensuring the longevity of your cherished jewelry while traveling requires careful consideration and proactive measures. Proper storage in your luggage, such as by utilizing separate compartments or soft pouches, shields your pieces from potential damage and prevents dreaded tangled chains. Additionally, storing jewelry safely in a hotel safe or in your luggage upon arrival minimizes the risk of theft or loss.

While indulging in wanderlust, exercising mindfulness is paramount in keeping your beloved adornments safe— sometimes, leaving select pieces at home is the wisest choice to safeguard against unforeseen mishaps. By prioritizing protection, you can embark on your travels with peace of mind, knowing your jewelry remains safe and secure.

A woman in stylish gold jewelry under dappled sunlight.

Explore the Hottest Jewelry this Summer at Kirk Jewelers

There’s nothing quite like a Miami summer, and since 1947, our family at Kirk Jewelers have proudly carried the hottest jewelry for every season and occasion. From jewelry by the most esteemed designers to luxury timepieces that effortlessly blend style and functionality, discover the adornments of your dreams within our showroom in Miami. Visit us or contact us today to find your next statement piece and discover for yourself how our family has helped Miami stay fashionable for generations.