5. Lotions and Potions

So we’ve looked at the impact of nature on jewelry but what about other commonplace items like suntan lotion, creams and even sweat? All of those items contain chemicals so chemical reactions with jewelry materials can occur – but in a minor way.

The chemicals have to be safe otherwise we wouldn’t be putting them on our bodies and they have a minimal effect on metal. Some might affect non-metal jewelry – mainly in the way of discoloration, but it’s impossible to provide examples because the potential is minimal and options so vast. However, lotions and creams can certainly do harm to strung jewelry so this is best avoided.

So What’s Best?