Before you shower, swim, or take part in outdoor activities, one thing you’d do is remove your precious necklace and keep it in a safe place. You don’t want sweat and water to damage your jewelry. However, there is one type of necklace that is safe from such damage - waterproof necklaces. They are made using specific materials that are resistant to water, making them suitable for the pool party. We go over some of the material options that are available in the market for waterproof necklaces.
What exactly is “solid gold”? Think of gold jewelry that is 14k or above. They are used in a variety of jewelry including pendants and earrings. While this material is considered waterproof, exposing your solid gold necklace to water for long periods of time can affect its appearance. Wearing your necklace in the pool can cause it to lose its luster as the material consists of zinc and copper that can react with chlorine and reduce its shine.
One popular material for waterproof necklaces is stainless steel, also known as 316. It is corrosion-resistant and doesn't rust easily because it consists of molybdenum, a mineral that prevents corrosion and helps to keep the metal durable. Best of all, they can resist water damage, so you don’t have to worry if you forgot to remove your necklace in the shower. However, to prolong the lifespan of your necklace, the pH of the soap and type of water you use play a part. Soaps that are less acidic and soft water are friendlier to your necklace and will help to prevent rusting. Plus, this material is also hypoallergenic and does not tarnish in any way.
So, it’s safe to wear your necklace to the pool then? Probably not. While stainless steel is known for its strength and durability, constant exposure to chlorine can affect the appearance and texture of your necklace. That’s why it’s still recommended that you remove your jewelry before you take a swim.
Stainless steel necklaces come in various styles and designs so you can definitely find one that suits your personality. This Engraved Horizontal Bar Necklace is ideal if you’re looking to get a gift for a special someone or just want to reward yourself. If you want something to create a bold statement, then this Gold Triple Layered Chain Set made with stainless steel dipped in real 18k gold might fit the bill.
Platinum is highly resistant to corrosion and also one of the most durable materials. Frequently used to coat other metals, it will not corrode even when exposed to water. Hence, you can have peace of mind when wearing platinum necklaces in the shower or hot tub.
Word of advice: prolonged exposure to water can affect the color of your platinum necklace and make it look much darker. Though it’s alright to wear it to the pool or beach, bear in mind to clean your necklace after to preserve its natural beauty. Otherwise, the chlorine might damage the polish and cause your necklace to look less attractive.