Your dream holiday might not be the one of your jewellery. The chlorine in the pool and the many layers of sunscreen that you apply can definitely damage certain gemstones – especially more delicate ones such as pearls, turquoise and coral. Even the most durable gemstones like diamonds require some care to be taken to ensure they remain sparkling and undamaged.
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Here you will find some tips on how to take care properly of your jewellery and the best ways to transport and protect them.
Although pearls come from the sea, the seaside is not necessarily the best place for them. Pearls are delicate gemstones that require extra care. Remember that chemicals, like those in perfume and hairspray, can damage the pearl’s nacre, causing it to dull. Chlorine is especially damaging to pearls so never wear your pearl jewelry in the pool.
If you decide to wear pearls during your vacation, be sure to save it for a special evening out. When getting dressed and ready to go out, your pearls should be the last things you put on (after your perfume and makeup) and the first thing you take off when you return.
When it comes to storing your pearl jewellery for travel, it is important to keep your pearls separate from your other pieces to ensure they don’t get scratched. If your pearl jewellery has a clasp, be sure to keep them separated as the metal could scratch the pearls. Do not store your pearls in a plastic bag, because plastic emits a chemical that will damage the surface of pearls. Instead, store your pearls in a soft cloth or breathable pouch.
With all of this in mind, pearls are the perfect jewellery addition to your evening outfit to imbue a sense of elegance and timelessness. So as long as you treat pearls with care, pearl jewelry can be a classic and versatile accessory for your vacation wardrobe.
Turquoise can sometimes resemble the clear blue waters of your favorite beach destination or the bright blue sky. However, it is another delicate stone that should be treated with care during your travels.
Turquoise is a porous, which makes it more susceptible to damage and breakage if it’s not treated with care. Chemicals, perfume, cosmetics and even natural skin oils can discolor this gemstone, so remove turquoise jewellery when putting on makeup or skincare products such as sunscreen and lotion.
When packing, you should place your toiletries in a separate compartment or bag to prevent accidental leakage onto your jewelry, which could result in damaging the stone. If you need to clean your turquoise jewelry for any reason, you can do so simply with warm, soapy water.
Your coral jewellery may be just right for a beach getaway since coral comes from the depths of the ocean. But again, the gem material is delicate and porous making it easy damage or scratch.
Still, coral, in its varied colors like white, pink, red, orange, blue, and black suits perfectly a tanned skin and brings extra vibrancy into your summer wardrobe.
It is absolutely out of question to leave it at home! Just avoid to wear coral in a chlorinated pool or expose it to heat or chemicals. It’s best to save it for a special night (or afternoon) spent at a restaurant, as opposed to a long, hot day at the beach. When traveling with this special gemstone, be absolutely sure to store it in its own cloth pouch so that harder gemstones won’t scratch its surface.
Diamonds are the hardest and most durable gemstone, making diamond jewellery a great choice for all kinds of travel. In fact, you wouldn’t leave the house without your diamond engagement ring, would you? Still, you need to take some care to protect your diamond jewellery and keep it sparkling.
Chlorine can erode some of the metal alloys used in diamond settings, possibly resulting in damaged or loosened prongs, so it’s best to take your diamond jewellery off before getting into a chlorinated pool or hot tub.
Diamonds lose their brilliance when oil and dirt collect on its surface, which will dull the appearance of the stone. If you’re applying lotions and sprays to your body during your travels, your diamond jewelry will likely require a cleaning upon your return. While diamonds that aren’t heavily included can withstand cleaning in ultrasonic devices, the best and safest way to clean diamond jewelry is with warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush.
Best Travel Jewellery
The best jewellery to travel with is the most durable, so consider gemstones like ruby, sapphire, and diamond.
But it’s not just about the gemstones. Before you pack your jewellery, be sure to check the settings and clasps to make sure you will not lose the stone nor the jewel itself. Fragile items such as antique jewellery or jewelry featuring softer gemstones (tanzanite, peridot, citrine, opal, etc.) are best left at home or packed very carefully and worn with care during indoor activities (not including your hotel’s indoor pool).
In regards to packing your jewellery for travel, each gemstone has its own needs. A good general rule is to separate each item so the pieces don’t scratch one another. A soft cloth pouch is a good option that will protect your jewelry while still breathable. Also, it’s a good idea to pack your jewelry in your carry-on bag and keep it with you rather than placing it in your checked luggage.
For the sport addicts as much as the beach goers , following the few guidelines above will ensure that you return home with the same beautiful, undamaged jewellery that you departed home with.