Hot Tubs & Gold Jewelry: Remove Your Gold Before a Dip in Chlorinated Water
When I got out of the hot tub at a rental condo in Whistler, BC, my gold rings were a dark green! The water chemistry was way off! I knew better. The water felt caustic to the touch. I never wear my gold rings in a swimming pool. The chlorine can turn them an off-color and is probably stripping a layer of gold.
But, I’ve never had an issue with my rings in my own hot tub so wasn’t thinking about improper water chemistry in someone else’s hot tub. And, now that we use SilkBalance exclusively the water is kind to my skin and my rings don’t suffer either.
In a recent letter to syndicated columnist, Heloise, a reader wrote that she had read somewhere that wearing gold jewelry in a chlorinated hot tub or swimming pool was not a good idea. “Yes, it’s true!” replied Heloise. ” Chlorine has a harmful effect on gold and may, over time, even cause it to become brittle and break.”
Chlorine stress cracking is a chemical reaction between gold jewelry and chlorine. Chlorine dissolves the alloys found in white and yellow gold and can cause vintage as well as new pieces of jewelry to break.
Chlorine is found with increasing use in household “non-abrasive” cleaners and of course in laundry detergents and bleach. It is also used in pool and hot tub water. Hot tub water is five times more damaging to gold jewelry due to heat and increased chlorine concentrations, that is if you use chlorine exclusively to sanitize your water.
What can you do to avoid this costly problem? Take off rings while using cleaning products and try to avoid wearing jewelry in the pool or hot tub. Rings set with stones, especially with prongs are most subject to damages. And, switch to SilkBalance water care for your own hot tub.
If soaking in a vat of chemicals isn’t good for your gold jewelry, imagine what it will do to your skin!
Make your hot tub experience natural. SilkBalance is the only water care system that will give you a natural experience: clean, clear water that feels better, looks better and smells better!
RES EST SERVA VOLUPTAS. Pleasure is serious business.
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.