Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 1:30 pm by Howard
Howie K is the CEO of Robert Irwin Jewelers and a regular contributer to rijewelers.com.
Summertime is here and if you are one of the 50 million plus Americans who are about to embark on a relaxing beach vacation you need to know what that cool ocean water, and sandy beach can do to your jewelry. So after you pack your cooler, stock up on sun screen, dust off the beach chairs, and pack your swimsuit, READ these tips to make sure that relaxing day at the beach doesn't become a tense moment of panic and despair.
- Suntan Lotion - Before you lather on the Hawaiin Tropic or Copper Tone remove your ring. Suntan lotions can leave residue on your sparkling diamond and cause them to appear dull and lifeless. Not to mention that oil from the lotion could cause your ring to slip off your finger.
- The Sand - Although beach sand usually does not affect the metal and diamonds that are in the typical engagement ring, there are other things to be worried about. Sand particles are so tiny that they can invade the tiny crevices in the prongs or setting that your diamond is set in and can cause the diamonds to become loosened.
- Salt Water - Not only does a mouth full of unexpected salt water from an unanticipated gargantuan barrel wave ruin your relaxing back float, but it can also have negative effects on your diamond engagement ring. Salt water is corrosive to metals such as copper. While most gold rings will hold up fine, be careful if you choose rose gold. Rose gold contains copper which is one of the least resistant metals to salt water. If you spend lots of time in salt water, I recommend that you choose a platinum engagement ring.
- Cold water - Like cold weather, cold water can make your fingers contract. Smaller fingers can equal looser rings. Looser rings equals greater potential for loss or mysterious diappearance. Be aware of "shrinkage" when entering cold water. If you are headed to a beach in the north Atlantic you might want to leave your rings at home so they don't accidentally fall off your finger and end up at the bottom of the vast ocean.
I personally have worn my wedding band to the beach many times before and have never had any issues. The decision on whether or not to wear your diamond jewelry and engagement rings to the beach is up to you. My advice is that when you return from your relaxing time away that you should bring in your jewelry to the nearest Robert Irwin Jewelers location for a free cleaning and inspection so you can be sure your precious jewels are in tip top shape.
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