Summer is coming soon and you want to take a swim in the sea. You also want to look perfect at the beach with your gold or silver jewellery set with precious stones. But is sea water an ally for your jewellery or can it be harmful to them?
Swimming in the sea with your silver jewellery: good or bad idea?
Before swimming in the sea with your jewellery, it is advisable to first find out what effect this water has on your jewellery. In this sense, if you are wearing silver jewellery, it is recommended that you remove it before swimming. While pure water has no effect on this kind of material, salt sea water has a significant impact on it. Indeed, this type of water can damage silver jewelry and increase its blackening, just like bleach, chlorine, salt, etc. In addition, you can easily lose them in water because with water, they slide easily along your fingers.
What about your gold jewelry?
As with silver jewellery, it is not recommended to soak your gold jewellery in sea water. This type of water can cause erosion that is harmful to the metal. In addition, if the jewellery in question contains stones, these can loosen in the same way as the welded parts of the jewellery in contact with salt water. It will give your jewellery a dull appearance and at the same time prevent it from shining by causing damage to the various facets of the stone.
If you only go to the beach, even if the sand is much less harmful than salt water, it is still possible that grains of sand will get stuck in the links of your necklaces and bracelets chain.
The effects of salt water on gemstones
When a gemstone is exposed to salt water, the salt water will cause erosion of the metal in the jewellery which may increase the risk of losing the stones they contain. In addition, sea water can cause damage to the facets of the gemstones. These will tarnish and will then be unable to reflect light.
To avoid this kind of misadventure, it is strongly advised to remove all your jewellery when you go swimming in the sea.