Summer is here. Nothing better than enjoying the hottest season of the year with lots of sun, beach and heat. Either if you are planning your vacations or enjoying the season in full, it is always good to take care of our body, mind, clothes and accessories. In our case, the jewels, in this season they deserve special attention.


Sun

Avoid direct extreme sunlight, it can damage crystals, gemstones and metals especially the plated ones. Although I don’t use plated metals, in the case of Suspiro jewels the copper ones, have antioxidant protection, which could be damaged with the extreme heat.
With polymer clay jewelry, extra care should be taken, although it becomes more flexible with heat without losing quality or characteristics, depending on the technique used some finishes may be corrupted.
Also to remind that with heat rising, metals get hotter and they can burn you. Also, wearing jewels while sunbathing can ruin your tan.

Sand

6 Summer Elements that Damage Your Jewelry and How to Avoid Them - sand

In addition to scratching the jewelry, sand can be housed in areas that are difficult to clean, and over time salt in the sand spoils the piece.
In addition, the sand between your jewelry and your skin creates abrasion and may cause some small annoying injuries.
If any jewelry gets dirty with sand, clean the jewelry by washing it in running water without rubbing and dry thoroughly with an absorbent cloth or paper.

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Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen or lotions, when wearing jewelry will cause a film to form on your jewelry metals and crystals, making them appear dull and lifeless.
In the case of polymer clay, depending on the composition of the summer lotions it can compromise the clay molecules causing irreversible changes in the pieces.
Like perfumes, you should put your sunscreen first thing in the morning, and then wait 5-10 min before putting your jewelry.
If you’re heading to the beach or the pool for the day, leave your Suspiro Jewels at home, and be sure to clean them regularly all Summer.

Water

In the Summer with the temperatures rising you only think about being in the water, right?
Think well if you want to take jewelry with you!
First, cold water shrinks the fingers and, with the ring larger than the original finger thickness, rings can be lost end up on the seafloor.
And second, you may already know that chlorine and saltwater can damage and discolor metals and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones.
So, remove all jewelry before going into the water, and by mentioning water I’m talking about the ocean, pool, hot tub, shower, creek, lake or anything with water.

Dirty

When you remove your jewelry and don’t wipe it, you are allowing summer lotions, sweat, bug sprays, makeup, skin oils, salt, chlorine, etc. to settle on your jewelry, creating a layer of dirt that in addition to leaving the jewelry dull will slowly erode, damaging the jewelry structure.
Use a soft cloth, preferably a jewelry cleaning cloth, to wipe jewelry after wearing to remove any dirt. This will enhance the jewelry’s luster and will ensure that it is clean before storage and ready to go the next time you want to enjoy it again.

Poor Protection

Poor jewelry storage places or bad travel jewelry transportation can damage your jewelry.
Start with the basics, store your jewelry in a clean, dry place. Keep each jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, plastic zip bag, or in a box with compartments and dividers to prevent pieces from scratching each other.

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