Beauties and the Beach ~ Jewelry when swimming

We know everyone wants to wear their jewelry in the pool and at the beach…especially the cute summer themed jewelry like those starfish earrings or anchor ring. But it if you really want to keep your jewelry in good condition, our motto is, “It’s summer and it’s pool time, but not for your jewelry!”

Here is the real deal. Sterling silver jewelry can be damaged by chlorinated pool water or saltwater. The chemicals in the water can cause your jewelry to loose their luster and look dull. As for gold jewelry, all gold jewelry whether it is 10K, 14K or 18K is an made from a gold alloy since pure 24K gold is too soft to make jewelry. Chlorine is reactive with the metals in most of these alloys and can either turn the jewelry black, or cause the jewelry to loose its luster and shine.

So what do we do? Honestly, we do wear our everyday jewelry when swimming in the pool and going to the beach, and so do our children, but we realize we are doing so at our own risk. After a day in the sun, with sunscreen lathered everywhere, we give our jewelry a proper cleaning with jewelry cleaner to remove all the buildup. There are specific jewelry cleaners for each type of jewelry, so we advise reading directions carefully before immersing.