Sand and stones are a match!
Jewellery from Le Grand Bleu collection by Christine Schönburg
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Can you wear Jewellery on the beach? In our opinion, not only you can but also you should! This summer, take advantage of the accessory trends and put a little bling and shimmer on your beach look! And remember that Summer’18 is all about the 80s and early 90s OTT style, so you can have a lot of fun with your beach jewellery without having to worry that it is maybe a tad too much :)
We’ve already talked about the jewellery trends for 2018 here, but what are the major trends for beach jewellery this summer?
Remember Chanel’s S/S18 show with see-through plastic hats, bags, boots and overcoats paired with big transparent earrings? These are the perfect beach earrings for this summer! Chunky transparent plexiglass bracelets will also look great with your beachwear plus, you don’t have to worry about the water, sand and salt. Speaking of Chanel, the very Coco Chanel used to go to the beach looking fabulous wearing her trade-mark pearl necklaces.
When at the beach, nothing better than wearing jewellery with shells. And since Miuccia Prada showed on the catwalk models wearing bold shell necklaces, the seashell jewellery became a big trend again. They come in the form of charms with delicate gold chains, which by the way, you can wear several together - the more, the merrier! - earrings and bracelets, that are made with real shells or in metal in the shape of shells.
Le Grand Bleu necklace by Christine Schönburg
Gold charms layered
Shimmering gold goes very well with sun-kissed skin, and the sand and salt won’t harm your jewellery. You should avoid gold-platted baubles though as the sand is very abrasive and will wear off the plating. So if possible, stick to gold and platinum jewellery, that looks wonderfully sparkling with the sun reflecting on it and transitions perfectly to the after-beach cocktail parties. You can also wear several thin gold bracelets. Delicate items will glam up your beachwear look, and because they are light, they'll move when you move so you won’t end up with unwanted tan lines after your day on the beach.
If you'd like to wear only one piece of jewellery, you should wear oversize earrings. They are THE accessory of this summer. Big gold hoops are perfect for a day on the beach, but you can also choose sculptural earrings, long tassel earrings, earrings with shells, you named it, as long as they are ginormous! By the way, this summer's colour trend and mood are very joyful and uplifting, so feel free to abuse of colourful earrings in red, turquoise and also in the bright neon colours of the 80s or pastels. And of course, make sure they match your swimwear's hues.
Arm cuffs look great on bare arms, you will look glamorous and powerful with a golden arm cuff in the shape of leaves or a snake around your upper-arm, looking like Diana the Huntress.
What to avoid on the beach
Although we love wearing jewellery at the beach, you should avoid some materials. Gold plated pieces, some softer stones such as citrine or amethyst and pearls don't do well with sand and salt. Absorbent articles such as wood, turquoise or coral can rot with time because of the salty water. And of course, leave at home your expensive or favourite rings, and loose fitting rings, since the cold water causes your fingers to shrink, so you would most definitely lose them when swimming. Be careful with your engagement or wedding ring!
And don’t forget to wash your jewels after the beach, with cold running water to remove all the sunscreen, salt and sand.