Your Guide to Beach Jewelry
A day at the beach is your chance to kick back, relax, soak up some vitamin D–and accessorize with your favorite summery jewels. From a shell necklace to a pair of pretty pearl earrings, beach jewelry can be as stylish as it is practical. While most jewelry brands advise against wearing jewelry to the beach or in the sea, there are some styles better suited to water and the sun than others.
Here’s your guide to beach jewelry, and the best pieces to wear for a day at the seaside.
Wear Waterproof Jewelry
If you’re planning on taking a dip in the sea, make sure you do it wearing waterproof jewelry, otherwise, you could end up damaging your favorite pieces.
Platinum, solid gold, and sterling silver jewelry can handle a little water, whereas plated jewelry exposed to water can end up tarnishing over time. Pearls, diamonds, and brass are also a no-no if you’re heading for a dip or a swim.
Choose Practical Pieces
When selecting beach jewelry, always pay attention to how well it will stay on when you’re sunbathing or splashing about in the sea. Look for clasps that fully close and avoid chunky necklaces and earrings that will only get in the way when you’re in the water.
The last thing you want is to lose your beloved jewels. Prevent that from happening by wearing only the most practical pieces that you know will stay put.
Slide on a Ring that Fits–or Attach it to Your Necklace
The cool temperature of the ocean can reduce the size of your fingers, increasing the likelihood your precious ring can slip off. Before going for a swim, check the fit of your ring and ensure it fits snugly onto your finger to avoid losing it in the water. Alternatively, you can wear your special ring on your necklace while you’re in the sea to keep it safe.
Best Beach Jewelry Picks
Here are some ocean-inspired jewelry picks you can wear on your next beach trip.
Prada Oversized Shell Choker
Perfect for beach babes who favor sunbathing selfies over splashing in the water, this Prada choker would look great with your black bikini. Featuring shells alternating with pearls, it adds a touch of elegance to any look and is an excellent accessory for women who plan to stay on the sand.
Cartier Love Bracelet
Cartier’s yellow gold Love Bracelet is locked around your wrist, so you can swim with peace of mind knowing that there’s no risk of losing it. Pure gold withstands water well, so it shouldn’t be affected by ocean dips.
Tiffany & Co. Pearl Earrings
Take a minimalistic approach to beach accessorizing by pressing these freshwater pearl earrings into your lobes. While pearls and water don’t mix, they’re small enough to stay securely anchored whether you’re in or out of the sea.
David Yurman Fine Bead Flex Necklace
Look casual and cool on the beach this summer wearing this 18k yellow gold piece featuring Black Onyx. It’s perfect for layering!
Tiffany & Co. Wave Five-Row Aquamarine Ring
A strong, stylish, and snug piece that’s also ocean-safe. Inspired by the fluid lines of the ocean, this sterling silver ring features a stunning aquamarine in the center that sparkles just as brightly as the deep blue sea with rays of sunlight.
About The Author
Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.