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Preserve Your Gold Pieces With These Tips

September 15th, 2023

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At Lewis Jewelers, we are captivated by the enduring allure of gold jewelry. However, jewelry is not invincible. It's essential to treat these radiant tokens of luxury with the respect they deserve. Gold adornments may show signs of wear over time, but fret not, for we're here to ensure their beauty endures. We’ve put together a guide of common threats you should avoid to help you maintain the magnificence of your cherished gold pieces, securing their splendor for generations to come.

Applying Cosmetics and Lotions

Before adorning your gold jewelry, take heed of the potential damage caused by cosmetics and lotions. These products can contain harmful substances and oils that dull the sparkle of gold, while chemicals in perfumes might tarnish its surface. It's recommended to wait until beauty products are fully dried before putting on your jewelry. This little step helps maintain the splendor and durability of your precious pieces.

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Cleaning Around the House

Beware when undertaking household cleaning duties while wearing your gold jewelry. Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that could discolor or even corrode the gold. This includes solutions used for washing dishes, cleaning floors, or laundering clothes. Removing your jewelry during such tasks helps protect it from potential harm, keeping its aesthetic appeal intact for years to come.

Bathing and Swimming

Consider the potential hazards to your gold jewelry when you're swimming or bathing. The chlorine and other added minerals in pools, hot tubs, and bathtubs can weaken gold and cause it to discolor. Even salt water at the beach can have adverse effects. Therefore, it's wise to remove your gold jewelry before such activities to preserve its luster and structural integrity for the long term.

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Cooking

If you're planning to whip up a homemade meal, remember to protect your gold jewelry. Certain food substances, particularly those that are acidic or oily, can discolor or even degrade your gold pieces. The high heat can also be detrimental and warp your gold pieces. By removing your jewelry during cooking, you not only ensure a safer cooking environment but also protect your precious adornments from potential harm and damage.

Gardening

Sprucing up your flower beds while wearing your gold jewelry might not be the best idea. Dirt, grime, and potentially abrasive substances present in the garden can scratch and damage your gold pieces. Moreover, rigorous activities such as digging or planting can strain your treasures and even cause deformations. It's always safer to remove your jewelry before commencing your horticultural endeavors, ensuring its longevity and beauty.

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Exercising

While you're committed to keeping fit, spare a thought for your gold jewelry. The salt in your perspiration can react with gold, while vigorous activities increase the risk of accidental impacts, causing scratches or bending. Ergo, remove any gold jewelry before starting your work out. This precaution keeps your precious pieces safe from potential harm, maintaining their integrity and shine.

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Protect Your Gold Jewelry at Lewis Jewelers

Unearth the sublime artistry of gold designer jewelry at Lewis Jewelers. Our exquisite collection, available at our Ann Arbor jewelry store, is a treasure trove of beautiful pieces that mirror your unique style and personality. Beyond providing you with an array of stunning options, our team is also dedicated to guiding you on proper care techniques and expert maintenance to ensure the longevity of your gold pieces. We invite you to request an appointment for a personalized consultation. Our dedicated team members are ready to share their expertise and assist you in making a cherished selection that lasts a lifetime.