CAUTION : THESE THING ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO ON YOUR VALUABLE JEWELRY
Do you have your jewelry on your morning routine?
“A plain metal wedding band is probably fine to wear in the shower, but it’s always better to take jewelry off, if you can,” says Elizabeth Doyle, gemologist and owner of Doyle & Doyle Jewelers in New York City. “Shampoo and conditioner can get stuck behind mountings, and might also contain chemicals that can damage the metal over time.”
Oops. Before you rush to your jewelry box for an inspection, we do have some good news. It is safe to wear your accessories for a dip in the pool or a quick rinse down in the shower (say, at the gym). Jennifer Gandia, owner of Greenwich Jewelers in New York City, simply warns agains making it an everyday occurrence: “The effects of hard water and soap scum are hard to remove.” Noted!
And no, costume jewelry isn’t an exception: “Steam can loosen the glue that holds pieces together, or you can cause rusting,” explains Gandia. So whether your piece cost thousands of dollars or just a few bucks, steer clear of the water works.