Do you have a holiday planned? Can’t wait to pack your bags? Then you probably focus on the practical luggage: medication, chargers, mobile phones and passports. But a girl can dream, so when packing for your next trip, it’s not unusual your mind jumps to your holiday outfits and the jewelry that matches them. Which jewels are ideal to bring on a trip, how do you take them with you and how do you take care of them? We give you 4 hacks to make sure your jewelry survives your holiday.
#1 Smart packing
Taking all your jewelry with you, might be tricky. But if you want to give a simple outfit an upgrade from casual to chic, you can combine stacks of rings or multiple necklaces. Fine necklaces with different lengths, with or without a pendant, can turn a basic outfit into a sophisticated and elegant whole. Take some extra rings with you in addition to your minimalist wedding and/or engagement ring to create a ring party. Bring a statement jewel with you to pull out all the stops.
#2 Invest in a jewelry box
Afraid to lose your jewelry on holiday? It might be smart to purchase a decent jewelry box or bag in order to not lose your favorite pieces and to safely store your jewelry. Yet, there are plenty of other tips and tricks to easily pack your jewelry. Watches can be tightened around a rolled towel or washcloth. Fine necklaces and minimalist bracelets are kept untied by pulling them through a straw, and earrings stay together by clicking them together or storing them in a pillbox.
#3 Check the rules for hand luggage
To be sure about what jewelry can travel with you in your hand luggage and which pieces can’t, you need to check the rules of the travel agency or airline company. And rules might differ from location to location. Within the European Union you have to register jewelry with a value higher than €10.000, which can have an impact on customs fees. Save your most valuable pieces in your hand luggage, if possible. By doing so, you reduce the chance of losing them. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry when your luggage gets stolen or is missing at the airport.
#4 Don’t give chloride and salt a chance
Especially when you go on a summer holiday in the sun, a visit to the swimming pool and the beach is mandatory. However, pay attention when you bring your favorite jewelry to those places, since chlorine, salt and sand have an impact on your jewels. If you bring gold jewelry with you, you don’t have to worry about chlorine. Gold is a precious metal and nearly never reacts with other substances. Other metals like silver, copper or nickel on the other hand, strongly react with chlorine. Diamonds as well are affected by this substance and can even discolor when bringing them to the swimming pool.
Salt, on his turn, can cause damage as well. It creates rust on soldered parts of your jewelry, therefore causing your jewelry to weaken and making sure gemstones can loosen. In addition, salt affects the shine and brightness of diamonds and gemstones, with a dull color as a result. So, just keep those diamond rings in your hotel room for the time being.
Did you go swimming with your jewelry by accident? Rinse your jewel with clean water. Use a non-aggressive PH-neutral soap or microfiber cloth if necessary. Does the dirt not come off? Take your jewelry on a trip to your jeweler after your holiday. He/she will restore your favorite pieces and will make them shine like before.