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Golden rules to take care of your Christmas jewelry

Revealed: Golden rules for caring for your holiday jewelry, from keeping earrings secure with the help of a large button to making sure necklaces don’t get tangled

  • A few simple tricks can ensure your Christmas jewelry stays in tip-top condition
  • Always pack jewelry in carry-on luggage and consider insuring expensive pieces.
  • Use a drinking straw to keep the necklaces from getting tangled.

No matter how carefully you pack Christmas jewelry, it always seems to disappear into the depths of the suitcase or come together in impossible knots.

But a few simple tricks can ensure that your bling gets to its destination, and back again, in the best condition.

To avoid the exasperation of finding a tight tangle in a chain necklace, before you go, simply thread one end through a straw, then clip it on.

A few simple tricks can ensure that your bling gets to its destination, and back again, in the best condition.

A few simple tricks can ensure that your bling gets to its destination, and back again, in the best condition.

For thin bracelets, cut the straw, slide the bracelet on and adjust it.

A smart way to keep earrings secure and in matching pairs is to use a large button. Hook each one through the button holes and fasten at the back.

According to a recent survey, more than 25 percent of us have lost jewelry while traveling.

To avoid getting lost at the airport, always carry jewelry in your carry-on and consider insuring expensive pieces.

Some policies will cover your jewelry while you are abroad. However, in many cases you may need to add valuable items by calling your insurer.

Robert Cuomo of Hatton Jewelers warns that jewelry can also get damaged during the holidays, but there are ways to protect it.

Robert Cuomo of Hatton Jewelers warns that swimming in the sea with your jewelery is far from ideal, as salt water can erode it.

Robert Cuomo of Hatton Jewelers warns that swimming in the sea with your jewelery is far from ideal, as salt water can erode it.

He adds: ‘Make sure the sun cream is completely absorbed into your skin before putting on the jewellery.

And when it comes to swimming, chlorine is known to damage and discolor precious metals, causing them to weaken. Sterling silver can also begin to tarnish when it comes into contact with chlorine.

Swimming in the sea is also far from ideal, as the salt water can erode your jewelry, which can cause it to weaken.

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