There is nothing better than enjoying the hot summer days, especially when you're vacationing at the beach or relaxing poolside. While you're busy enjoying the sun, however, you may not be aware of the toll that the summer season can take on your silver and other metal jewelry.

Sunscreen may help protect your skin, but it can potentially harm your jewelry. Before you layer on the SPF, make sure you remove any jewelry that you are wearing. Also beware of applying lotions and oils as these can get caught in the crevices and details of your jewelry. If these substances remain on your items they can cause tarnishing and make cleaning more difficult. Sweat and skin oils can diminish the gleam of your silver as well.  If you prefer to stay poolside instead of the beach, remove your jewelry before you dive in. Chlorine and other pool chemicals can cause discoloration on your silver. Make it a habit during these hot months to wipe down your jewelry after wear with a plain, non-abrasive cloth. Cleaning your jewelry regularly will help prevent tarnish and keep your collection shining.

Wearing jewelry to the beach is always a bit of a risk so make sure your pieces are secure before putting them on. Rings can often slide off while swimming and loose clasps can easily open causing your necklaces or bracelets to disappear into the sand.

For retailers and manufacturers, we recommend storing your silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably away from sunlight. Protecting your inventory will protect your profits.