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Sparkle in the Sun

The sun is out, the temperature is rising and work is over for a week or two, this can only mean one thing…. It’s time to hit the beach on your annual holiday!

But, before you dust down your staple swimwear why not shake up your beach look with a few funky accessories? Not only will they give you an added spring in your step, they will have the added advantage of ensuring that your holiday photos will look different to last years’!

If it's not broken why fix it?

When it comes to daring to bare on the beach, many of us stick to tried and tested swimwear that holds all of our bits and bobs in place and shows just the right amount of skin. And why not? The quest to find the perfect swimwear is an arduous task in itself, so when you have found the ideal cossie for your shape, there is no reason why you need to ditch it, unless of course, the elasticity hasn’t stood the test of time or if it has become sun-bleached.

If it is looking a little lackluster but was great whilst it lasted, it may be worth investing in an identical or similar replacement, perhaps in a different colour, or one that has the same cut and support. Far from being boring, a staple costume that fills you with confidence is priceless, and it can be easily updated with new jewellery and accessories.

How do I update my classic beach look?

Assuming that you have nailed the swimwear aspect of your beach look, the hard work is over and it is time to have fun with your accessories. You may think that wearing jewellery on the beach is unnecessary, but ultimately, jewellery is meant to dress the skin and body and therefore it makes sense to wear it when you have the maximum amount of skin on show. As a result, jewellers have been creating designs for exactly that purpose.

The following tips will help you choose the right jewellery pieces to make you sparkle in the sun:

  • Marine inspired jewellery always looks striking, so keep an eye out for classic turquoise pieces.
  • Matching gold with turquoise or a red sand stone colour will look fantastic as the gold will really pick up the sun.
  • Shell jewellery, whether it’s a necklace, anklet or bracelet, can look great with a bikini and should generally be robust enough to stand up to swimming in the sea.
  • Another classic look is the shark tooth pendant necklace, the good thing about these types of necklaces is that a lot of them are pretty unique.
  • Anklets can look fantastic on the beach especially if they complement your bracelets. Wear a number of casual looking bracelets at once and finish off the look with a single anklet.
  • Brightly coloured plastic bangles and beaded bracelets can look very effective when stacked up your wrist, and can bring a welcome pop of colour to monochrome swimwear.
  • Bold statement rings can look striking against sun-kissed hands, especially when teamed with bright, summery nail polish. Be careful that slippy sun cream doesn’t cause the ring to slide off when you are out and about.
  • If you have a simple bikini or swimsuit , give it a ‘surfey’ edge by matching it with some hemp style jewellery. Hemp jewellery tends to use the hemp material as string adorned with a decorative stone or shell.

What NOT to wear for beach jewellery.

The general rule when it comes to selecting beach jewellery is to avoid taking the family heirlooms or any treasured pieces. Instead, invest in some inexpensive costume pieces that won’t break your heart if they get lost or damaged.

Most high street fashion stores have a great range of cheap and cheerful jewellery that is great for beach use. Even so, they are still likely to be exposed to sand, sea, chlorine and potentially high temperatures, so there are a few considerations that are worth taking into account when selecting your beach pieces:

  • Generally, you want to avoid wearing anything too delicate as you don’t want it to get lost against your skin; go for something which is bright-coloured, intricately pattern or of a decent size.
  • You also need to think about how sand might affect your item. Sand can be very abrasive and may scratch your jewellery if it happens to be too fragile.
  • Sun creams and oils can easily mark fabrics, so ribbon threads can quickly become stained and tatty looking.
  • Be careful when selecting a pendant, as metal disks can get very hot in the sun and glass ones can have a magnifying effect. Whilst pretty to wear in the shade, these styles are best avoided in the direct sun as they could potentially create burns.

What materials work best for beach jewellery?

Plastic, hemp and inexpensive stones are the safest bet for wearing on the beach, as they are generally less inexpensive and not quite such a consideration if they get lost or damaged. These materials are also less likely to be effected by the sun, sand and sea as metals can be.

Do's and Don'ts of wearing metal jewellery

Metal jewellery isn’t always the best choice for beachwear as it can be easily damaged by the natural elements that you are likely to be exposed to. If you do plan on wearing metals on the beach or at the pool, here is a guide to the best materials to choose:

Good options:

  • Gold.
  • Titanium.
  • Platinum.
  • Gold-plated pieces.

Bad options:

  • Sterling silver - it can change colour in salt walter and chlorinated pools
  • Cheap uncoated metal can easily rust or leave a green residue and potentially mark clothing.

How to care for beach jewellery

We are all well aware that salt water, sun, chlorine, sand and sun creams can take their toll on our clothing and belongings whilst on holiday. That could be for a number of reasons:

  • Colours bleached in the sun.
  • Metals tarnished from chlorine or salt water.
  • Greasy stains from sun creams.
  • The drying effect from the combination of salt water and hot sun.

These points are equally relevant to jewellery, however, the following steps will help counteract these damaging effects and prolong the wear of your holiday accessories:

  1. 1. At the end of each day ensure that any jewellery that has been stored in your beach bag is removed. This will help prevent it from getting tangled or scratched or even going rusty or mouldy from contact with any damp items in your bag.
  2. 2. Rinse all water-proof jewellery in fresh water to remove any traces of salt water and sun cream, which may result in your jewellery becoming sticky or stained.
  3. 3. Lie flat to dry and store away from direct sunlight.

Prepare to dazzle

When it comes to packing your holiday essentials, make sure that you include a good selection of jewellery to bring your wardrobe to life. A few well-chosen pieces will effortlessly take your look from day to night and can easily be mixed and matched to suit different outfits, not just your beach wear. Not only that, a great statement piece is an excellent way of diverting attention from areas that you would prefer to keep hidden!

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