Sunblock and tanning lotion buildup can tarnish your jewelry over time
Summer is in full swing which means lots of fun outside. It also means you should take a little extra care for your jewelry. As I mentioned in an older post, it is important to keep your jewelry clean to preventing tarnish keeping it beautiful for years to come. One of the main culprits during summer months can be a buildup of sun block or sunscreen, so we suggest you remove your prized pieces before you apply.
A second concern was actually the catalyst for this post. As my Uncle Doug planned the opening of his pool earlier this month, we hooked up the filter, made sure the water level was correct and then he said our last step was shocking the pool with the chemicals and the pool would be swimmable. Now I don’t know how many readers have been around when shocking a pool, but that intense chlorine odor is as much a smell of summer as a charcoal grill. Dumping those chemicals triggered a question. If those chemicals are what make it safe for us to swim, what must it do to a piece of jewelry? I did a little digging and here’s what I found out.
The technical term for what chlorine does to jewelry is “stress induced corrosion”. Chlorine damage is mostly seen in white gold due to nickel added making the gold white. Most white gold contains nickel which is why some people have an allergy to white gold and can only wear a higher purity rating. This chlorine damage can occur in yellow gold but is much more common in white.
The stress points, when prongs are bent over a stone, are where the chlorine does its damage. Chlorine works on the nickel resulting in microscopic cracks in the metal. Stress in the metal is a primary culprit here as this can also happen with yellow gold pieces. With enough damage, the joining of the nickel (or other alloy metal) is degraded enough for the crack to actually separate and a prong can break off. The same thing can happen on the band of a ring when there is stress in the metal, perhaps from a jeweler hammering the band during sizing.
If you think your jewelry has had chlorine damage, stop by your local Kranich’s Jewelers location where one of our on location jewelers will be able to make your piece as good as new
For questions about caring for your jewelry during summer months or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.
Michael and Charles Kranich purchased a very unique Simon G pendant at the JCK Trade Show in Las Vegas last week. The Simon G pendant features a very rare Kunzite gemstone. Michael Kranich says the Kunzite is a color he has never seen before. Simon G says it took him two years to find this stone. It is not a typical Kunzite. The oval shaped Kunzite is a dark, rich, bright pink color and weighs 32.64 carats. This stone has amazing clarity and brilliance. It is truly a one of a kind gemstone. Simon created an elegant mounting to frame the Kunzite. The stone rests in an 18 karat tri color white, yellow and rose gold mounting with 169 round white diamonds and 17 fancy yellow diamonds as accents. The Kranich’s are very pleased to have acquired such a stunning piece of jewelry to display in their stores. One lucky customer will make it their own!
For questions about this extraordinary piece by Simon G. or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.
Are you looking to give your jewelry box a little facelift?If so, we have the event for you.Kranich’s Jewelers are having remount events all month long.If you are looking for a different setting for your engagement or any other diamonds in your collection that you don’t wear, schedule an appointment at one of our locations for a consultation where we can get you wearing your diamonds again!Give us a call toll free at 1-888-944-4575, visit our contact page at https://www.kranichs.com/contact_us.php for the phone number of your closest Kranich’s Jewelers location, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can put you in touch with one of our helpful associates.So get that old jewelry out of your collection and let us get you the look that you want.
For questions about the next remount event or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.
What exactly would you want to know about a remount event? Heck, i wasn’t even sure what you would have been talking about a year ago so let me help you out by asking some of the questions that we would ask someone interested. Do you have any jewelry that isn’t being worn? Is there an anniversary coming up? An engagement? Did you get something in an inheritence that you just don’t wear? How about resetting diamonds from rings from a divorce? Do you know someone with an April birthstone? Do you want to change your rings from yellow gold to white gold? Or is your jewelry just worn out?
Then you should come to one of our remounting events. Give us a call and ask about our remount events going on now and give your old jewelry a tune up!