Water damage can go from just a little stain to an unsalable piece of jewelry. It is therefore important to avoid both of this by bringing with you: light-weight plastic sheets, plastic bags, pliers, a little tent roof is often handy, also, of course, cleaning and polishing clothes. Also, a small blower hair-dryer can save you from suffering the devaluation of your inventory by exposure to sudden rain.
You can not afford to just guess, and take chances with the weather. Some outdoor sales events don’t even offer you a roof, so large light clear plastic can turn out to be a game-saver. A transparent plastic sheet will help you by having your jewelry remain visible, but keeping it protected. It has to be a light-weight plastic, so that the plastic sheet does not pressure the jewelry and disassemble the arrangement of the pieces.
If damage is about to be caused to a piece, you must take action as soon as possible. Once a drop of water touches the surface of a silver piece, grab a piece of cotton cloth and rub it gently over the piece until dry; if water has dropped over a big amount of pieces, it is better to use a hair dryer.
Place the pieces over a large fluffy towel; leave some space in between the pieces, dry at low-speed, warm-temperature. Don’t go too fast or too hot with the hair dryer, to avoid possible heat damage. You will notice if there is any water damage, once you spot a darkish stain. On silver jewelry, water damage is noticeable; the stain is a grayish color. Once the damage is done, this piece should be retired from your front line inventory as it will require some careful refinishing.
Plastic bags, pliers, cleaning and polishing clothes, can save you from many types of damage. Keeping the pieces in individual plastic bags is one way; if more than one piece is placed into one bag, it can cause the pieces to scratch into each other, resulting in surface scars on both pieces. Always bring pliers; some damages on pieces can be an elementary case of disconnected ends. Always try to re-assemble them right away, before losing the disconnected pieces.
Cleaning and polishing cloths can always help on keeping the jewelry in good condition. Direct sunlight can discolor metal causing slight surface patches. So do not over expose your jewelry to the sun. It is also recommended to clean the jewelry once customers have touched it, since human skin does contains acid and oils that leave marks on the polished surface.
Preventing damage of jewelry can save a beautiful and unique jewelry art object; yet also your consistent care and caution, over time, will save you a significant amount of money.