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Things to Avoid While Wearing Your Fine White Sapphire Jewelry

Things to Avoid While Wearing Your Fine White Sapphire Jewelry

Follow our care and cleaning FAQ’s simple rules for proper and regular care, and avoid letting your jewelry encounter these harmful substances and situations too much, and there’s no reason your fine white sapphire jewelry from WhiteSapphire.com can’t last you a lifetime. For longest-lasting white sapphire jewelry, we invite you to familiarize yourself with these things to avoid.

  1. Water: Some water is OK and can cause no problems in your jewelry after years of exposure. Repeated exposure over time to other water can ruin gold, sterling silver and both natural and lab-created gemstones (including our white sapphire stones). It really just depends what’s IN that water. Since we can’t tell customers around the world what's in their local water with any certainty, our recommendation is to avoid getting your jewelry wet regularly (except when cleaning for brief moments). 

  2. Hard Knocks & Contact Sports: Try not to wear your white sapphire jewelry when it may be struck sharply. Even though white sapphires are very hard, they still have thin edges and points that can fracture if they are hit hard enough.  And even if the white sapphire stones can take the hit, your precious metal likely won't come out without a ding or two. Examples include contact sports, or sports with fast-moving hard objects that could hit you and/or your jewelry (think: softball, baseball, cricket, football, rugby, field hockey). Plus, if you're sweating a lot that's another reason not to be wearing nice jewelry (see below). 

  3. Rough Jobs: Some jobs qualify as "hard knock" environments, too including, but not limited to: manufacturing assembly line workers, food preppers, health professionals, athletes and coaches, welders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, construction workers, gardeners, fitness professionals, swimming pool cleaners/installers, and really anyone that works regularly with their hands around materials that are hard (like other metals, concrete, and so forth) or materials that can be considered corrosive (like bleach, acids etc) should avoid wearing rings in these environments.

  4. Harsh Chemicals / Ammonia / Bleach / Household Cleaners / Toothpaste: These substances can cause a chemical reaction that disintegrates the alloys in jewelry over time. Remove your rings and bracelets when disinfecting your house, or cleaning the tub with a harsh chemical like Comet or C-L-R. Don’t try to clean your jewelry with household floor/glass cleaners, ammonia, bleach, or toothpaste! 

  5. Chlorine: Whether it’s found in bleach used for cleaning or in the swimming pool or hot tub, extended exposure to chlorine can degrade even fine jewelry to the point of disintegration (stress corrosion cracking). So, keep your fine white sapphire jewelry out of the pool and hot tub! Because chlorine is a chemical that eats away at almost any metal, one hour in a pool or hot tub can be the equivalent of a year or more of normal wear-and-tear on sterling silver, gold, or palladium precious metal jewelry. Platinum will be fine with chlorine, but white sapphire stones may not fare as well with prolonged exposure to chlorine, take off your platinum white sapphire jewelry, too, before swimming or getting in the hot tub!

  6. Saltwater: Exposure to salt water can erode soldered joints on gold, platinum, or palladium jewelry (such as the connection between the prongs and the band of your ring). Salt water can also increase tarnishing effects on sterling silver, as well as, over time, create undesirable effects with even the highest-quality white sapphire stones (such as those from WhiteSapphire.com). Besides that danger, cold water will cause your finger to shrink...and that ring could be lost at sea before you know it. For these reasons, it is recommended that you remove any precious metal jewelry prior to swimming in a saltwater pool or the ocean.

  7. Cosmetics & Hand Soap: Makeup, hairspray, sunblock, bug spray, perfumes and certain hand and body lotions can contain chemicals that may damage jewelry. Necklace links and ring prongs are especially susceptible to getting gunked up with this stuff. Even gentle bar soaps can leave a residue on your jewelry, blocking the light from entering your white sapphire stones and diminishing their brilliance. Taking jewelry off before washing hands will help your purchases from WhiteSapphire.com last a long time. Putting jewelry on only after applying hairspray, sunblock, bug spray, perfume, makeup, or hand/body lotion will limit exposure of your jewelry to any potential damage. Don’t apply these substances to your hands or body while wearing your jewelry and you’ll be good; wait a minute after application, wash your hands and then put jewelry back on.

  8. Sweat: Any jewelry can become dim and less beautiful because of a build-up of sweat combined with dust. Plus, you’re more likely to lose a ring or earrings at the gym or on the playing field than almost any other activity anyway. So just take it off when you’re playing sports, working outdoors or working out. If you have naturally sweaty hands, just make sure to clean your WhiteSapphire.com jewelry items at least once a week with gentle dish soap and warm water to help maintain its luster and shine.

  9. Gardening: Dirt and small rocks are abrasive to jewelry. If not cleaned right away, jewelry can be permanently damaged. Plus organic material like leaves, grass and twigs can gunk up your WhiteSapphire.com jewelry items in hard-to-reach spots like between multi-prong accent settings and underneath a ring's center stone. Beware the dangers of scratchy-as-hell gardening gloves, too (i.e. don't just wear your ring under gardening gloves because you're just trading one problem for another).

Do you have smart, practical and easy tips on how to take care of jewelry items? Feel free to share them with us and if it's "publishable", we'll include you in a draw we usually hold for guest bloggers and guest content contributors for a chance to win a free pair of earrings.

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