Can Gold Get Wet? Read This Before You Take That Swim

There's plenty of swimming to be done in the summer. There are often times when you might forget to take your gold jewelry or necklace off before you jump in the shower. The question becomes - can you get your jewelry wet?

The answer isn't so straightforward and depends on a few things, mainly what your jewelry is made of and whether salt, fresh or chlorinated water is coming into contact with it. The sweat from your body during a hard workout might also be a question in your mind.

Today we will find out if you shouldn't or can't wear your gold jewelry in the water to stop it from getting damaged. On top of that, you should look at the value of the jewelry you have and decide whether or not it's worth the risk if you take a shower or jump off the diving board into a pool of chlorinated water.

Another piece of jewelry to think about is your precious gold rings. Besides getting damaged, you may risk the rings slipping off in the water. If these rings are family heirlooms, you should probably take them off before having fun in the lake or the pool.

Below we will find whether or not you should get your gold wet when taking showers, swimming in chlorinated water, or working out at the gym.

So let's get started!

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Showering with Jewelry


Typically it's ok to take a shower or bath and leave your gold jewelry on. If your jewelry is silver, platinum, gold, palladium, titanium, or stainless steel, you can feel safe to shower with it. If you look at other metals such as brass, bronze, or copper, you should take them in the water because they will turn your skin green.

You have nothing to worry about if you get your jewelry wet with tap water, and the chemicals aren't harsh enough to damage your gold jewelry. At the same time, submerging your jewelry in water when taking a bath may not be advised, so you might want to avoid that.  

When it comes to silver, water will oxidize it over more extended periods of time, and normal aging of your silver jewelry will cause it to darken slightly. As it darkens, the best thing you can do is clean your jewelry yourself, or if you need to, have it professionally cleaned. 

Remember that jewelry might have crevices, moving parts, or gems. If your jewelry has these delicacies, you should avoid putting them in water.

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Swimming in Fresh Water with Jewelry

If you decide to swim with your jewelry on, it's much different than showering or bathing with jewelry on your skin. If you decide to swim, your jewelry is going to be in contact with water much more than if you were to simply be taking a shower. 

When you take a shower, water quickly runs off of your body and off of your jewelry in particular. It's much less intensive than if you were swimming in the lake with your jewelry or in the pool.

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In the Pool


Remember that swimming pools contain chlorine and salts when swimming in the pool with your jewelry, so it's suggested that you remove your jewelry ahead of time. These chemicals can react negatively with your jewelry, especially silver jewelry, and can quickly damage the jewelry.  

If you have jewelry that has any type of gemstone or metal pendant, it is wise not to swim with it on during the pool. Other metals can get damaged easily from chlorine, and color changes can occur.

Even if your jewelry comes into contact with chlorine, you can rinse it off with fresh water, and it should be just fine. Make sure not to take too long to do this, as leaving the chlorine on the jewelry can change its color.

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In the Ocean

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Swimming in the ocean brings a whole different element to your jewelry. Even though it's not as harsh as chlorinated pool water can be, the salt is still a corrosive element, and over time, it can have adverse effects on your gold and silver jewelry.  

One thing to consider is if you drop your ring or your necklace clasp breaks in the pool, you can quickly go and get them. If you're in the ocean, your precious jewelry is more than likely lost forever. It's probably a good idea just to take off all of your jewelry before you go into the ocean to swim.

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Additional Things to Consider

If you like to get a good workout each day, many people question whether or not they should leave their jewelry on or take them off. The real question is - does sweat react with your gold jewelry?

Most people wonder if they should keep their 14K or 18K gold rings, earrings, or necklaces on during a workout. Typically pure 24K gold is non-reactive to sweat, but as soon as you start adding metal alloys to create 14K and 18K gold jewelry, those pieces become much more reactive with sweat and can tarnish and discolor when they come into contact with sweat several times.

Can Your Gold Jewelry Get Wet?

With the above information, you now know what can happen if your jewelry gets wet either in the bathtub, shower, ocean, or swimming pool. The smartest action to take is to not wear your expensive jewelry in the water to preserve it's beautiful color and quality over time.

Taking your jewelry off also eliminates the risk of you losing it somehow where you can never find it again. If you decide to take your jewelry off before you get into the water, make sure you have a safe place to keep it.

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