Can you Swim with Your Jewelry?

Can you swim with your jewelry?
Exposing your jewelry to water is not something that is recommended as the jewelry can easily lose color and lose stones, below you can read about our tips and advice when it comes to swimming or getting in contact with water with your jewelry.

Wear jewelry when swimming

When you think of the sun holiday at the pool and on the beach it can feel like beautiful and glamorous jewelry is part of the picture and of course, they can be, but it is good much wiser to leave jewelry at the pool edge and to use it for the evening. Not only are you at risk of damaging the look and shine of your jewelry by exposing them to saltwater and chlorine, but you will also get  white tan lines. Our tip is, therefore, to avoid wearing jewelry when swimming either in the ocean or in a pool. But let’s go into detail about this topic.

Saltwater and steel

Some materials can withstand saltwater and chlorine better than others, but if you have steel jewelry then you should not bathe with them. Although there is stainless steel in the product description, it is possible that steel jewelry may rust when exposed to salt and chlorine as both of these are acidic. Another thing that you easily forget is that you can not always have full control of how the jewelry feels when bathing and playing in a pool. It is easy to scrape the jewelry when you climb out or touch the edges of a pool. Steel that has minor damage will be even more sensitive to rust.


In addition to metals that can be damaged by exposure to salt and chlorine, there are stones that do not feel good about these substances. If you have amber jewelry or maybe with calcite, you can actually ruin these frames by bathing in the pool and in the ocean with them on. Also, consider what the rest of the jewelry looks like. When it comes to jewelry like bracelets with elastic thread, you always risk greater mechanical wear when you expose them to salt water and the stress to them that swimming with them causes.

Leather bracelets can start to mold as they do not dry properly and leather does not react well with saltwater.

Losing your jewelry in the water

Let us not forget that a pool and the sea mean huge water masses. If you lose an earring in the pool, it can be difficult or even impossible to find it. This is especially true if you are swimming in the ocean. If you like your jewelry then you should not risk losing them just because you want to look good when you bathe.

Store the accessories in your hotel room and use them only when you know you will not jump in the water. It can be smart to leave jewelry when you go out on excursions where it can get sweaty because sweat can also lead to jewelry being destroyed. If you leave your jewelry in your hotel room, you have the safe boxes that you can use to lock them in.

Metal jewelry and water

As is well known, some metals such as steel may rust when exposed to water. In beautiful jewelry creations, it can include several different materials. Although the main parts are made of stainless steel, there may be parts that are not. If you shower with the jewelry then it can cause the skin under the jewelry to discolor as well as getting rust marks on the jewelry itself. Metals like silver do not rust but they can get a darker tone faster if they are often exposed to water.

Can you shower with your jewelry?

So it is not recommended to swim with jewelry. But can you shower with it? An important part of successful jewelry care is precisely how to handle situations such as when showering, bathing or washing dishes. There are materials that should not be exposed to water at all and even less so soaps, so let’s take a closer look at this topic…

Something that we absolutely must start with is that with crystal jewelry. Although the jewelry is made of a metal that can withstand water well, you should definitely not shower or bathe with your crystal ring, crystal earrings or bracelets with beautiful stones. The stones themselves will not be damaged by the water but they are mostly stuck with some form of glue and this glue may be loosened up so that the crystals can risk to eventually fall off.

It is therefore important that you do not confuse a crystal ring with a diamond ring that has a completely different structure and layout. Diamonds are usually attached by means of a grip in a crown and then you can expose the jewelry to water. High-quality crystal jewelry is made so that you do not notice the brackets with glue and then you can easily believe that the stones are stuck in the same way but that is not the case.

Last but not least, when you shower and soap yourself, it is easy for a piece of jewelry that does not sit very hard to slip off and this is also a good reason not to shower with jewelry on. An earring that slides unnoticed when washing your hair is forever lost as it goes down the drain, and that is sad to say the least.

We therefore advise you to avoid shower with jewelry in order to take care of their design, color and also to ensure that you do not accidentally drop them. However, be careful not to leave jewelry that you remove in the bathroom where the humid air can affect metals and lead to discoloration and rust.

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