Is the back of your neck getting dirty and gritty? You might not be outside digging ditches, but even just watering the pots on your patio can make a St. Louisan scurry back to the AC.
Without a doubt, summer is the worst time for our fine jewelry. The combination of sunscreen, sweat, chlorine, dirt, soap, shampoo, and lotion turns sparkling diamonds into foggy reminders of their former selves. A gold pendant chain can become grey with gunk, and don't even look between links of your bracelet watch --- you'll be shocked.
I'm not suggesting we all stop wearing our jewelry in the summer, because that would be blasphemous, but a bit of extra TLC is definitely called for at this time of year. Review my do-it-yourself instructions on how to keep your jewelry looking its sparkly best, and also some common sense tips on how to properly care and store your jewels. Just five minutes a week can make a big difference that you'll notice immediately.
If you're ever in doubt about how to proceed, stop by your jeweler for a professional clean-and-check or email me anytime and I'll offer suggestions. So stay cool, have fun, and shine on!
(Don't wear your ring in the pool Missy, and thanks to The Lovin' Spoonful for one of the best summertime songs ever written.)