When you have a beautiful piece of jewellery, such as a ring, a bracelet, a necklace or a pair of earrings, you might love it so much that you will want to wear it everywhere you go. However, there are a few times when you should absolutely not wear your jewellery – and when you are swimming is one of those times.
Whether you are swimming in a pool, a lake or in the ocean, it is never a good idea to wear your ChloBo handmade jewellery. Here are some of the reasons why it should be avoided at all costs:
You Might Lose It
One of the main risks for wearing jewellery while swimming is that you might lose the jewellery itself. When you are in cold water your fingers contract, which can make rings more likely to fall off your finger. There have been many people who have lost their precious wedding or engagement ring because they decided to go swimming with it.
You might also lose bracelets or necklaces if they get caught on something or the clasp comes undone. ChloBo charm bracelets can get damaged and if you are unlucky enough to lose one of your charms in the water you will be devastated as it will be almost impossible to find again.
If you lose your jewellery in a swimming pool there is a chance that you might get it back if the entire bottom of the pool is searched, but if it is lost in a lake or an ocean it is gone forever. If the piece of jewellery is very valuable or if it has sentimental value and cannot be replaced, then you should always keep it at home when you are going swimming.
It Will Damage the Jewellery
Swimming in a pool is very bad for your gemstone and precious metal jewellery because the harsh chlorine chemicals will cause damage and discolouration. The same can be true for salt water. Also, if you are swimming at the beach you will be exposing your jewellery to sand – which is silica and very abrasive.
The sand will wear off the surface of rhodium-plating, gold-plating and other precious metals. Sand can also scratch soft stones such as citrine and amethyst. The salty sea air will also have a negative effect on your jewellery – as it will be corrosive and cause rust over time. In addition to all of this, you will probably be wearing suntan lotion if you are at the beach. If this touches your jewellery it will also cause a chemical reaction and will tarnish the metal – another reason never to wear it while you are on the beach.
You Could Attract a Shark
Okay, this one sounds a little bit crazy – but it’s true! According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, wearing shiny jewellery in the ocean can make you more likely to attract a shark. This is because the light reflecting off the shiny jewellery makes it look like shimmering fish scales. You don’t want to become a meal for a hungry shark while you are enjoying the water, so avoid this at all costs!
Other tips for avoiding sharks include swimming in a group, not wandering too far from the shore and avoiding the water at dusk, dawn and night when sharks are more active. Also, never enter the water when you are bleeding as the shark will be able to smell the blood and trace it to its source.
Never Wear Your Jewellery When You Are Swimming
These are just a few of the reasons why you should always avoid wearing your jewellery when you are swimming. Although you might want to look glam while you are on the beach, it’s not worth the risk of losing your most precious baubles and gemstones – especially if they have a lot of sentimental meaning and they cannot be replaced.
If you really want to accessorise your swimsuit with some jewellery, you could always buy some cheap and funky jewellery that you don’t mind getting damaged so that you have something to wear while frolicking in the waves. Or, you can simply go without jewellery while you swim!