Saturday, June 28, 2008

Don't Forget This Summer Jewelry Advice!

Yes, its true....regardless of what you may have been told in the past, its never a good idea to wear your gold jewelry into the swimming pool! But why you may ask? Its always so shiny when I get out of the pool!!! Ahhh yes, but what you may not realize is that the chlorine chemicals used in most swimming pools is very much like acid on the gold your jewelry is made of!Prove it you may say! Ok, I will! Sometime ago, I took a piece of scrap 14k gold and submerged it into a jar of chlorox, much like you'd use in your washing machine and also much like the chlorine chemicals added to your pool. The results were staggering...in little over a week and a half...it was gone! Disappeared! What had happened to it? The gold was attacked chemically by the chlorine in the bleach and ate it away, much like an acid! Now I must admit, my little experiment was probably to the extreme but needless to say, gold and chlorine/chlorox should never mix!So go ahead, wear your white or yellow gold jewelry into the pool this summer...it may even look shiny when you get out...but you'll be coming in soon to see me to repair it when little holes & pits start appearing in your jewelry...and guess what? Many times a piece of jewelry that has been exposed to the chemicals in your pool cannot be repaired because they have been weakened so much by the exposure.I hope you found this little known jewelry tip enlightening....take heed and take your jewelry off before entering the pool...it will save you money later!

Sincerely,

Bill Warren, Owner/Registered Gemologist
The Gold Mine of Hudson, NC
(828) 726-1009
Email: goldman86@bellsouth.net
Website: www.hudsongoldmine.com

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Betsy said...

Thanks for sharing!! Well, I always remember your summer jewelry advice.

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juwelen said...

Thanks for the very handy tip! Summertime is almost near where I am now and I'll keep your advice in mind.

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