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Is your jewelry another casualty of COVID? This could be why.

Karen Boehme is the owner of Meyer and Lee Fine Jewelry in Huntsville.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The pandemic has impacted the health, activities and finances, of people in the Rocket City, and now it's their impacting jewelry too. 

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Rings worn on fingers are more likely to tarnish with the increased use of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. 

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The owner of a locally owned jewelry store in Huntsville, Meyer and Lee Fine Jewelry, says that in order to understand what is damaging your ring, you have to know what type of material it is made out of. 

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"With the pandemic and the use of hand sanitizer, we have a whole new issue now in the jewelry industry and what people need to understand is, yes hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies do ruin your jewelry," Karen Boehme said. "What happens though is the alcohol bases hand sanitizers react with that rhodium and eat away at that rhodium so your jewelry will become dull." 

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If you notice your jewelry starting to fade, visit a local jewelry store and get it looked at by a professional. A jeweler can identify the type of ring you have and the best way to fix it.  

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