With spring in full swing and summer approaching, we’re entering the season full of milestone events from graduations and weddings to anniversaries and birthdays. Every milestone event deserves to be accompanied by sparkling watches and radiant jewellery, but ensuring they shine their brightest requires more than just a quick polish.

In our latest blog, we delve into the art of caring for your cherished timepieces and accessories to ensure they dazzle alongside you and your loved ones during the most significant occasions. From cleaning tips to maintenance advice, we’ve got you covered on how to keep your watches and jewellery looking their absolute best.

Read on to learn how to care for your jewellery and watches for milestones events and ensure your treasures shine as brightly as your memories.

Clean Your Watch and Jewellery Before Milestone Events

For your special milestone events, it’s essential to ensure that your watches and jewellery are in pristine condition. Before each occasion and after every wear, take a moment to delicately clean your watch with a soft, lint-free cloth.

For jewellery cleaning, try using the Diamond Dazzle Stik or soft polishing cloths. This simple yet crucial step effectively eliminates accumulated dirt, oils, and sweat that could diminish their brilliance over time.

Regular cleaning not only preserves their appearance, but also safeguards against potential damage caused by buildup. If cleaning isn’t viable in your schedule, consider entrusting your pieces to a professional watch and jewellery repair service for a thorough maintenance. Remember to submit your pieces in advance and allow plenty of time for the cleaning and repair before the event.

Keep Your Watch and Jewellery Away From Chemicals Before and During Milestone Events

During the lead-up to your milestone events and throughout their duration, it’s crucial to exercise caution with your accessories. Avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals like perfume, hairspray, and cosmetics, as these substances can cause damage to both metals and gemstones.

Chemicals found in everyday products can tarnish metals, degrade finishes, and even cause discoloration or erosion of gemstones over time. Keep your accessories safely away from these chemicals and you’ll preserve their beauty and ensure they continue to sparkle for all your special occasions.

Store Your Watch and Jewellery After and Before Milestone Events

Proper storage of your watches and jewellery is key both before and after your milestone events to safeguard the integrity of your pieces. When your jewellery or watch is not on your fingers, wrist or neck, ensure they’re housed in a clean, dry environment.

Opt for separate compartments or pouches to prevent pieces from scratching against one another or becoming entangled. By taking this simple precaution, you can preserve the pristine condition of your cherished accessories, ensuring they’re ready to dazzle at each milestone moment and beyond.

Be Mindful of Activities During Milestone Events

As you prepare for your milestone event, it’s essential to be mindful of the activities planned and select your accessories accordingly. Take into account the nature of the event and the activities you’ll be participating in.

Avoid wearing delicate pieces for any strenuous activities or in environments such as near water where they may be susceptible to damage. Opt for sturdier, more durable pieces for outdoor gatherings or energetic active celebration activities.

Inspect Your Watch and Jewellery Before Milestone Events

Don’t overlook the importance of regularly inspecting your watch and jewellery. Before each milestone event, carefully examine your watch and jewellery for any signs of wear and tear, such as loose screws or scratched crystals.

When needed, entrust your watch to the expertise of a professional watchmaker for servicing. Additionally, have your jewellery periodically checked by a jeweller to ensure that settings are secure and stones remain intact.

Remember to plan ahead and submit your pieces for repair or maintenance in advance of any upcoming events to ensure they’re in optimal condition to shine alongside you during those important milestone moments.

Finishing Up

As you prepare for your upcoming milestone events, ensuring your watch and jewellery are in pristine condition adds an extra layer of elegance and significance to these special moments.

By following these care tips above, from regular cleaning and proper storage to mindful selection and careful inspection, you can guarantee that your treasured accessories will shine bright during those special milestone moments.


1. Where can I have my watch or jewellery inspected, cleaned or repaired?

If you require a professional inspection of your watch and jewellery or for simple repairs and cleaning, visit our Hudson’s Bay locations, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate watch and jewellery repairs, please contact us directly.

2. How far in advance should I submit my pieces?

The time frame for service depends on the complexity of the task. The more parts the piece requires, the more time it’ll take. Generally, we quote a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks as a rule of thumb. More intricate services may require 4-6 weeks +.

At our Hudson’s Bay locations, services such watch battery replacements and link removals are typically completed while you wait. For jewellery cleaning, please inquire at the location, but typically cleaning services involve submitting pieces to the Main Workshop for cleaning in an ultrasonic machine and for steaming.

As spring break approaches, it’s time to prepare for your upcoming travel adventures. In your trip preparations, prioritizing the protection of your watches and jewellery is crucial to ensure they stay secure and in optimal condition throughout your journey and beyond. Given the potential exposure to water, sweat, dirt, and various other elements during your trip, it’s wise to take proactive measures to safeguard your valuables.

We’ve compiled top travel care tips for your watch and jewellery covering pre-travel, during your journey, and post-travel care, applicable not only for spring break, but for any future travels. Keep reading to discover more.

 Top Watch and Jewellery Pre-Travel Care Tips

Embarking on a trip calls for thoughtful preparation, especially when it comes to your cherished watches and jewellery. Start by selecting a limited number of versatile pieces that fit with any outfit and any occasion. Pack them in a designated jewellery organizer or travel case, keeping them in your carry-on for added security. 

It’s a good idea to take photographs of your valuables and, when applicable, secure insurance coverage for peace of mind. Additionally, be mindful of the weather conditions at your destination and if necessary, pack any water tight containers, appropriate wipes or a secure travel case, to protect against extreme temperatures. You can also consider water-testing your watch prior to your travels to prevent water damage.

Top Watch and Jewellery During Travel Care Tips

During your trip, try to embrace a minimalist approach, opting to wear a limited amount of jewellery and a less expensive watch. You can also ensure the security of your accessories by storing them in a locked travel case within your luggage, utilizing a secured hotel safe, or opting for a portable travel safe during your day’s explorations. 

Stay mindful of the climate at your travel destination, as humidity or prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures can affect certain materials. Check your watch or jewellery after a day’s adventure for any damage. If you participate in any water activities, remove your jewellery or watch before taking a dip in the pool or ocean. Consider using a watertight container if swimming with your valuables, or place them within a travel case in a dry area. 

If your jewellery or watch does get wet from water, sweat or humidity, ensure a thorough drying process in a dry and cool environment away from direct sunlight, such as your hotel room. To dry, use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently pat the wet items dry and leave it to open air and dry. Open any clasps, compartments, or links to allow air to circulate. 

Top Watch and Jewellery Post-Travel Care Tips

When you return home from your trip, give your accessories a thorough inspection for any signs of wear, scratches, or loose components. Clean them gently with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove any accumulated dirt or residue from your travels. 

If your items are water-resistant or were exposed to moisture, ensure they are completely dry before storing them. Return them to their designated cases or compartments in your jewellery organizer to prevent scratches and tangling. 

Consider scheduling a professional inspection for your jewellery or watch, especially if they are intricate timepieces, to address any potential issues and ensure continued functionality. 

Finishing Up

By following the provided care tips above and giving due attention to your watches or jewellery during your travels, you’ll preserve the beauty of your valuable pieces for years to come. 

For a summary and quick reference, here’s a travel checklist to use on your spring break travels or future getaway:

  1. Pack smartly, opt for versatile pieces and place them in carry-on.
  2. Keep accessories secure in a safe location and document details.
  3. Conduct regular checks while traveling and remove them before swimming.
  4. Perform a post-travel inspection and a gentle cleaning 

By incorporating these simple steps into your travel routine, you can ensure that your watches and jewellery remain in top-notch condition, ready to accompany you on all your future journeys.


1. Where do I repair my watch or jewellery after my travels?

If you need a professional inspection or simple repairs, visit a Hudson’s Bay location, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate repairs, please contact us directly.

2. How long does repair take?

The time frame for service depends on the complexity of the task – the more parts it requires, the more time it’ll take. Generally, we quote a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks as a rule of thumb. However, more intricate services may require 4-6 weeks +. At the store level, services such as battery replacements and link removals are typically completed while you wait.

Watches are personal; they are a reflection of an individual’s personality, much like the clothes we wear and the car we drive. However, watches are also an excelletnt way to commemorate a special occasion or to gift to someone important, as they will last a lifetime. Unlike a sweater that will eventually be forgotten in the back of a closet, a good quality watch can be worn for years, and even passed down to future generations.

With so many options and so much on the line, how to you choose the right watch to gift to someone else?

Choose the Type of Watch Movement and set a Budget

The type of watch movement you are looking for and your budget will be two of the most important factors to consider, as your budget will affect the types of watches you will be looking at and vice versa. There are 4 principal types of watches and several categories within each branch:

  • Mechanical
  • Automatic
  • Quartz
  • Smart Watches

Mechanical and automatic watches offer timeless, classic design intended to last for decades. These investment timepieces do not require batteries, as movement (automatic) or winding (mechanical) keep them ticking, but they will require occasional watch movement service. Watches in this category typically start at about $1,000 for an entry level piece and can quickly go up to the tens of thousands and more.

Quartz watches are a very popular option. Battery powered and comparatively affordable measured against the other options, they come in many styles from many different brands, including popular fashion names and designer watch makers. While they don’t typically require much in the way of watch movement service, the batteries will need to be replaced every 2 or 3 years.

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Smart watches are also battery powered, in this case rechargeable, and offer sleek, modern design combined with a plethora of additional functionalities, based on type and brand.

Consider the Person’s Tastes

Presumably, if you are purchasing a gift as extravagant as a new wristwatch, you know the person well. Personal preference will influence the type of timepieces you are looking at. Consider the person’s style and the kinds of accessories that they tend to wear. Some people lean toward classic, unobtrusive pieces, expressed by clean lines and understated elegance. These individuals would likely prefer simple functionality with basic details.

Other people may prefer a showier aesthetic, complete with intricate detail and standout features.

Consider How the Watch Will Be Worn

Are you buying a statement piece for someone who works daily in an office and enjoys luxury items, or are you purchasing a timepiece for someone who spends lots of time outdoors and is looking for rugged functionality? The use of the watch should factor into your decision.

In general, there are 6 types of watch style, although some categories may overlap and there are several sub categories within each:

  • Dress watch
  • Dive watch
  • Pilot watch
  • Chronograph watch
  • Military watch
  • Sport watch

Choose a watch based on intended wear and functionality, then refine your options to suit the style of the wearer. For example, a dive watch will include many practical features and solid design, but are available in a variety of styles that could appeal to a wide range of wearers.

Think About Size

The size of a watch is one of the most overlooked watch features, and we are not talking only about the watch band. Watches come in several standard diameters, ranging from 34mm all the way up to 46mm, and thicknesses from 5mm to 15mm. Bigger, thicker watches would best suit larger wrists, or someone who prefers a masculine, oversized look, where thinner, smaller diameter watches would be more appropriate for smaller wrists, or someone who desires a more classic look.

While the options may seem overwhelming at first, taking a moment to consider these factors will significantly reduce the field of options and help you find the perfect watch to gift to someone special. You could consider repairing a family heirloom watch or a cherished watch that was broken for someone special as a gift. To find a watch repair near me, please visit our locations.

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