Lab-grown diamond rings are great year round, however, from swimming to sunscreen, the summer season creates many unique situations that pose challenges for jewelry lovers. To stave off any 'summertime jewelry blues' we have asked our team of experts what their favorite summer jewelry care tips are.
Here are the 3 things we think you should remember when rocking your bling during the summer season.
Rings cannot swim:
Whether you plan to hit the pool, relax in the hot tub or snorkel in the ocean, we cannot stress enough how important it is to remove your jewelry before jumping in.
Chlorine and salt water are both damaging when exposed to precious metals. Overtime or over exposure will erode or tarnish the metal and can even cause stress fractures, jeopardizing the integrity of your ring.
And let’s not forget, when your finger is exposed to colder temperatures it has the tendency to shrink, meaning your ring may be snug before diving in, but once you hit that cool ocean water, your ring may suddenly become loose and slip off your finger without you even noticing.
Rings love to sparkle:
If you are spending time outside, which is the best part of summer, then you will most likely apply sunscreen or bug spray at some point, however, before you do, be sure to take off your jewelry first. Whether spraying or rubbing on, if you get lotions on your stones, it will create a film that will cause your ring to lose its sparkle making it appear dull or cloudy.
Rings aren’t into outdoor activities:
Before gardening, building a sandcastle, riding that moped or playing beach volleyball, be sure to consider your jewelry. Dirt and sand can both be abrasive, which could cause damage to your setting. Also, activities, like riding mopeds or playing volleyball, could potentially damage your mounting or stone if an accident was to occur.
No matter what fun times lie ahead this summer for you, we cannot stress enough how important it is to care for your jewelry properly. After all, your lab-grown diamond ring as well as your earrings, necklaces and other jewelry are meant to be decorative, not indestructible.
Click here for tips on ‘how to care and clean’ your lab-grown diamond rings.