It’s best to lock away your rings for now…

The protected crevices of jewellery can harbour bacteria. A nurse from the UK has advised all ring-wearers to wash them every single evening, but it is simply safer to rather take them off.

Look at these points that we’ve summarised below:
• Alcohol-based sanitizers seem to be safe for almost all jewellery except organic minerals like amber, coral or pearls, and may also harm delicate stones like opals or emeralds.
• The alcohol will alter the surface of pearls, dulling their shine and changing the colour – for example from white to yellow.
• Extensive hand sanitizer use can loosen the prongs that hold diamonds in place.
• Some hand sanitizer can also react to the copper elements in rose gold, causing the metal to tarnish over time.
• Non–alcohol-based sanitizers typically contain chlorine-based compounds that can react with water and release free chlorine – a highly reactive substance that may cause tarnishing, especially of sterling silver jewellery. Halogens are also known to cause stress corrosion cracking in low karat golds, in particular, nickel white golds.
• Soaps may contain abrasives which are capable of wearing away rhodium plating and will also cause a film of unsightly residue to build up on precious stones.
• Repeated contact with cleaning agents can break down the brilliance or vivid colour of gemstone jewellery over time.

Acknowledgement: Article received from Cape Watch – Tools & Jewellery Supplies

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