Tips & Tricks
Whether you’re on a vacation you’ve planned all year or just relaxing at the local swim park, chances are you may be forgetting a very important rule in jewelry care. You would be surprised how many people don’t know this simple but oh-so-vital fact!
The chemical composition of chlorine (and bleach as well) wreaks havoc on gold jewelry. Most gold jewelry has been mixed with other metals called “alloys” to give the soft precious metal more strength. You might not see the effects instantly—in fact it may even take years for chlorine damage to manifest—but chlorine from swimming pools and hot tubs can break down these alloys’ molecular structure.
The metal becomes very brittle, often resulting in broken prongs and snapped shanks (which can lead to missing stones and lost rings). The gold can be temporarily repaired, but it’s liable to break again.
You probably clean your house, right? Lots of typical household cleaners contain bleach. Gloves are not enough. Take your rings and other jewelry off and put them in a safe place when getting ready to clean.
For more tips on the care of jewelry, check out this link: http://www.wmmarken.com/education/maintenance/