With the weather improving and the temperatures creeping up, fun filled beach trips are definitely on the cards. If you are heading off to your nearest patch of sand for an hour or two, a holiday villa somewhere exotic, or anything in between, here are our tips on how to wear your jewellery on the beach.
1. Less is more.
Be smart about the jewellery you chose. Select cleaver multitasking pieces.
Shorter layering pendants are less likely to slip over your head whilst
swimming. Wear bracelets that have a double layer safety clasp, in case one
gets caught on an item of clothing. Consider wearing only one pair of earrings with a tightly fitted, secure fastening. Anything above a second piercing might get caught on your caftan or any swimming accessories you might be using.
Consider the material your jewellery is made out of. Quality gold, platinum
and gemstones like Diamonds, sapphires and rubies are less likely to be
affected by the beach environment. Steer away from wearing plated
jewellery, as the coating is more prone to damage and discoloration. Also
softer gemstones like emeralds or pearl are not the wisest choice as they are likely to get scratched.
3. Sun cream and tanning oils.
Protecting your skin whilst you are enjoying yourself at the seaside is
essential. Sun creams and tanning oils are formulated to be gentle enough for your skin and are very unlikely to do any damage to your jewellery, however they are likely to leave behind an oily residue that will make your jewellery look dull and a bit tired. It is easy to clean this once you get home, so don’t hold back on sun protection application.
Salt is present in the water as well as in the air. Even though there are very
minimal short-term effects on good quality metals, salt is corrosive and over longer period of time can cause damage. To avoid this, it is best to take the time and clean your pieces once you are back from the beach. It is good
practice to have a quick cleaning routine at home, not only trough the
summer months but trough out the year. We recommend that you
incorporate a professional clean in to this routine at least once every 6
months. A professional clean will ensure that your valuables look their best for years to come.
5. Cold water.
Sudden temperature drops can cause your fingers to shrink. So please do be aware of loose fitting rings as they can slip away without you noticing. Before you jump in for a long swim do consider the water temperature and conditions.
Feeling the warm sand between your toes is one of the best feelings in the
world. However sand can be rather abrasive. What effect it has on your
jewellery depends on the material they are made out of. Solid precious metals
like gold and platinum are less likely to be affected by it. When it comes to
gemstones, the harder the gemstone the less likely hood of scratching there is.
Consider what it is that you would be doing during your beach trip. If your
plan is to get lost in to a good book and let the hours slip by, only entering the water for the occasional cooling dip. Then you are relatively safe keeping on
most things. However if a day of water sports is on the cards, then we suggest you bring a zip lock sandwich bag. Pop all of those valuable heirlooms in it, and leave it on dry land.
As you can see there is absolutely no reason to hold back on accessorizing you beach ensemble as long as you are clever about your selection and take in to account the adventures you are likely to have.