You know at this time of year that you need to protect your car, and lag your pipes but did you realise that you should also make adjustments to how you treat your jewellery?
It’s practical advice, given that our gems come with sentimental and/or significant monetary value that we would look after them well – but be honest about how much you really do to keep them safe?
You should be caring for your Jewellery all year round as every season has its hazards, however winter, with ice, rain, central heating, and snaggy knits can really cause some problems with your precious accessories.
We spoke to the experts at Veritas Gifts to get their top ‘winter’ safe jewellery tips
- Make sure it fits
A common problem with new Jewellery, especially if it was bought as a gift, as sizing can be a little off.
The colder temperatures can cause fingers to constrict which makes Jewellery such as rings much more likely to fall off. Before you head out for your day or the big night out, give your fingers a little shake to ensure the ring is tight on.
If it feels loose, you may want to leave it at home to prevent losing it.
- Winter sports
With winter being the season for sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and many groups heading on holiday to get on the slopes, there are lots of opportunities for things to go wrong.
Wearing your Jewellery or even engagement ring on the mountain puts you at a higher risk of losing or damaging it, you may run the risk of chipping or breaking the Jewellery also.
It’s best to leave all Jewellery back at your accommodation so you know it’s safe.
- Watch the jumpers
Winter woollies are imperative over the cooler season, however, they can sometimes be problematic to those who love wearing lots of Jewellery.
When you put on and take off your jumpers and outerwear be careful not to snag against any clasps or delicate chains, many dainty pendants can easily break from being tugged that little too hard.
- Winter accessories
You wouldn’t think it but winter accessories such as gloves and mittens can become a hazard to your fine Jewellery.
Ring prongs can snag the inside of gloves and mittens and cause the gemstones or diamonds even to become loose and potentially fall out.
Again, take a moment to check that stones are secure and not at risk of being pulled out. Take your jewellery off if needs are or switch to a fabric less likely to pull.
NOW is when to keep your Jewellery clean as winter is when the dirt can build up, and in the colder months tarnishing can become a big problem.
The best thing to do is to try and limit your Jewellery exposure to makeup, lotions, and any other substances such as those, as these all contain chemicals that could damage the surface of semi-precious stones and metals.
Clean your Jewellery is by using mild soap, warm water and a small brush – or see a professional and get it shining in a flash.