Holidays should be a care free time, a time for relaxing and enjoying a well-deserved break. We all love to pack our favourite summer dresses and of course our jewellery! However, if you are taking jewellery on holiday this summer read our tips below on how to keep your jewellery safe and in sparkling condition.
Before you travel
Choose the jewellery to take with you
Leave your favourite, most expensive, or sentimental piece of jewellery at home. Only pack the jewellery items you are most likely to use and that match the outfits you are going to wear. Avoid wearing rings, as your fingers might swell up in the summer heat.
Insure your valuables
If you decide to travel with your valuable jewellery, the first and most important thing to do is make sure you have adequate insurance protection. It is a good idea to keep a record of everything you take with you and you can do this by taking photos using your smartphone.
Always carry jewellery in your hand luggage
When travelling always keep your jewellery in your carry-on hand luggage or simply wear your jewellery. Never pack anything valuable in your suitcase, airlines are notorious for losing luggage.
Don’t wear too many valuables and be aware of pickpockets in crowded places.
Avoid wearing your jewellery in water
Chlorine in swimming pools and salt in seawater can damage gemstones and tarnish metal.
Avoid taking your valuables to the beach
Sunlight can discolour or even crack certain gemstones. Sand can scratch metal and gemstones and valuables can easily get lost. Small pieces can easily be lost in the sand and sun screens can coat gemstones leaving them dull and tired looking.
Keep your jewellery safe
Use your hotel safe storage facility and never leave your jewellery lying around in your room.
Store your jewellery well
Store each piece in a separate pouch to avoid damage, sharp edges can cause marks and chains can get tangled up. To avoid this, pull one end of a chain trough a straw, then secure the clasp. If you travel frequently perhaps it is worth investing in a soft storage case with separate compartments for each piece, that will also fit nicely in your handbag.
And the most important thing of all don’t forget to have a wonderful holiday!