Summertime Jewel Survival Guide

TGIF and three cheers for the weekend! We all enjoy the peak of summer July through August, who doesn’t? The frequent beach trips, spontaneous last minute getaways, basking in the sunrays, delicious food festivals and oh so more! It is the best time of the season to enjoy, but think twice about bringing along those beloved jewels.

Here are a few tips to make sure your jewels stay their best throughout the summertime!

Protect your skin and jewels
With UV rays beaming to their maximum, it is important to lather on that sunscreen. While it may be an excellent idea to prevent sunspots and wrinkles, it is not the best idea for your jewels! Overtime lotions and sprays will adhere to your jewelry making for cloudy stones. Who wants a stone that does not sparkle – NO THANK YOU! In addition, some heat treated stones may change color if exposed to too much direct sunlight. If you are going to slather on the sunscreen, take off your precious jewels and wait till the product dries. Better yet, I would leave those beauties safe in your jewelry box. 

Sand Sans Jewels
I just love a good trip to the beach! There is nothing like sand between your toes, and who doesn’t like to pick up a handful of sand and watch it fall through the cracks of your fingers. This might be fun for your, but certainly not your rings! Sand can be damaging to the surface of your stones causing scratches and dulling to those softer stones. These little grains can get into the little crevices of your ring settings too and trust me it is not easy to get out once it is stuck in there. Again, if you will be constructing sand castles galore, I would leave the jewels at home and opt for a fun pair of costume earrings.

Dip and Dive
I am a big dipper when I am sunning my buns! I am sure a lot of you can relate and probably do this too. It is when you lay out to the point you think you are going to boil, and then you take a dip in the water to cool down. The heat often makes fingers swell and the cold makes them shrink! This hot and cold combo can cause your rings to become loose in the water, and easy enough they can slip off into a pool filter or even worse the dark abyss of the ocean. If you are going to go for a dip, I would remove all and any jewelry! This not only goes for rings, but bracelets, necklaces and earrings! 

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The Hunt & The Lilybell

The story of this piece all began with the stone hunt! This is the best part of creating a new piece by finding that dream stone that makes your heart pitter patter. My mind had been set on an elongated old cut diamond that had the right amount of character and color. I wanted a stone that displayed a little bit of warmth changing from white to buttery cream under different lighting conditions.

The stone of my dreams came along in early 2013, but I was too late to purchase before it was scooped up. This was literally the stone that got away. Discouraged, I took a break and decided to keep myself busy with other gemstone projects. There was no point in stressing over what should be a fun and exciting process. I believe this is true for anything in life.

The beginning of spring 2014, the unbelievable happened. The stone of my dreams that had gotten away came back into my life. I had the opportunity to purchase and of course jumped on it right away. Call me crazy, but I strongly believed it was fate of two old souls being reunited again. Not being able to see the original stone in person and only in photos and videos, I was taking a gamble with love at first sight. When I received the stone, I feel in love all over again. The stone was everything I could have imagined and more. It was the perfect size, shape, wonkiness, color and more. I could not wait to start planning her forever home!

I took a few days to get to know and play with her in my stone holder. What type of forever home would she want? Did I want to set her east-west as the original owner had or north-south? Would she look best in a bezel or prong setting? The possibilities were endless from a simple solitaire, classic three, organic halo and more. The chunky facets, slight wonkiness and light play were unbelievable. Being a devoted halo girl, I decided to go with a floral halo. I added romantic hand engraving and delicate millgrain that would really show case the center stone. With that said, the Lilybell was born. 

Are you currently on a stone hunt of your own? Tell us about it! Do you have the perfect stone, but can't quite figure out the perfect home for it? Send us a note on our contact form, and let JYB Jewels help find the perfect setting that suits you!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

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