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How to care for your bling while traveling

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I love to travel and one of the challenges I look forward to is mixing up and matching differents tops and bottoms to make completely different outfits. I like to think that I have mastered the art of packing light. One of the things that can make your outfit of the day completely different is by accessorizing. Accessories can make or break your outfit, so it’s essential that you pack a few pieces with you every time you travel. However, you should be careful when traveling with jewelry because they may get scratched or tangled up with other pieces. Here are some tips you should keep in mind when you take jewelry with you on your trips.

Pack Properly

Clothes aren’t the only thing you need to pack properly. You need to carefully pack jewelry, too. Accessories should be placed in separate small pouches--those made of soft cloth are ideal--so that they won’t get tangled or end up scratching and dulling other pieces. Another option is to get a travel pouch with multiple pockets. If you plan to put your jewelry in your handbag, wrap them in soft tissue or cloth first.

Keep Them Close

When you’re traveling with jewelry, one of the risks you have is having them stolen. Never store your jewels in your checked in luggage. You can either wear them or stash them in your cabin luggage so that it will be near you and less prone to being stolen. If you do wear them, practice caution and discretion. Never wear too many jewels at once. Tuck your pendant under your sweater and turn your ring around so that only the band shows.

Only Use Them When Needed

When you’re out sunbathing on the beach, you wouldn’t need your bling. If you wear them for the sake of showing them off, you risk scratching the surfaces of your precious gems. Sunscreen may also coat the shiny stones, decreasing their brilliant luster. If you go swimming in the pool, the chlorine will also damage your jewelry so it’s better to leave locked up in your hotel room’s safety deposit box.

Leave the Important Ones at Home

You’re never without your diamond engagement ring. However, when you’re traveling, it’s probably more prudent to leave it at home. It’s a lot safer and there will no risk of you losing your most important jewelry. If you take them with you, you could end up losing an heirloom item, which has been with the family for generations.

Bring Only the Basics

If you can, just take the basics with you. The more minimal the number of valuables you bring, the better. When I mean basics, I mean your daily pair of earrings, maybe a bracelet and a necklace. If you don’t have jewelry basics yet, you can browse through David Yurman for ideas on sturdy pieces that you might want to invest in. Aside from your sturdy basics, you can also bring fancy accessories to compensate and help dress up your outfits.

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