Everything to Know When Choosing Jewelry for Beachwear

jewelry for beachwear

Did you know that 52% of people plan to visit the beach at least once in the next year? The beach is one of the most desired vacation spots. In fact, most travelers prefer going to the beach to visiting family! 

But one question stumps beach-goers more than any other: Can I wear jewelry on the beach?

Many people think that jewelry is a faux pas for the seaside, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Finding the right jewelry for beachwear can accentuate your tan, elevate your look, and compliment your outfit.

There are a lot of concerns when picking the right jewelry for the beach. You have to consider style, material, budget, and the overall look you’re going for. For a comprehensive overview, we put together this quick guide to picking beach jewelry, so read on to learn how to do it! 

Match Your Swimsuit 

The foundation of any beach outfit is your swimsuit. Start with your bikini or one-piece and then you can sort through the different jewelry styles to see what works. If you don’t know how to pick the best swimsuit for your figure, check out our guide!


There are a few guidelines for picking a necklace that matches your neckline. If you’re wearing a V-neck, a triangular pendant that follows the shape of your neckline is the most flattering. A boat neck pairs well with a long necklace or layered pendants. 

Some bikinis have a high neck, in which case we recommend skipping a necklace and opting instead for earrings and a bracelet to add more visual interest. A strapless swimsuit allows for a lot of freedom for necklaces. A chunky necklace or a beaded piece will perfectly flatter your neckline. 


You can also match the shapes of your swimsuit or coverup pattern with your jewelry. If you have sharp lines, opt for a square or linear shape to your necklace. Likewise, if you have a swooping, circular pattern, round pendants will complement the shape. 


Gold is generally the color of choice for the beach. It matches the sunny, golden vibes of the hot sun, and it will compliment your tan. However, you can’t go wrong with silver or even beaded pieces.

If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at our blog for a few beach outfit ideas and to get a feel for how to bring boho-chic to the beach!

Avoid Losing Your Pieces

If you have a precious ring like an engagement ring, take it off before you go in the water. Your finger will shrink in the cool water and you risk your ring slipping off! If you’re not comfortable leaving your ring on the beach, you can put it on your necklace chain.

Bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are all safer bets for the water as they’re more solidly attached than rings. If you’re worried about bringing a piece in the water, store it somewhere cool, dark, and dry. Don’t keep them in a ziplock, as that will lock in moisture and can cause your pieces to react with the salty air. 


Some materials don’t belong on the beach. Between the sand, the saltwater, and the sun, you have to be very careful with what you wear.

Steel, iron and rose-gold jewelry can all rust and corrode in the seawater. In addition, plated jewelry can be abraded by both sand and salt, so it’s best to avoid wearing it on the beach. Soft stones like quartz, amethyst, or opal can also be damaged. 

Durable materials like sterling silver, platinum, gold, and stainless steel will all be fine in the water. In addition, diamonds and other precious stones will also do well on the beach. 

Rope, string, and beaded jewelry are all fine, with the exception of wooden beads. Wooden beads risk rotting in the water. Finely strung jewelry can also be damaged by suntan lotion and sunscreen, so we recommend wearing only durable beaded pieces. 

Don’t be alarmed if your silver jewelry tarnishes at the beach. Suntan lotion, sweat, and saltwater can all give your silver a bit of a black tint. However, it’s easy to clean and won’t cause any long-term damage. 

Budget-Friendly Jewelry

While high-quality materials like fine gold and platinum are all beach safe, they can be incredibly expensive! However, you can still find some great pieces that will fit your beachwear jewelry budget.

Sterling silver and stainless steel are the best options for silver pieces, while brass or even gold plated brass make for good beachwear jewelry options.

Caring for Your Jewelry After the Beach

To keep your jewelry shining, make sure to give your pieces a once-over after you leave the beach. Use a small brush, like a toothbrush, to clear away any grains of sand. In addition, wash your jewelry in running water and a bit of soap to wash away any salt, lotion, and general build-up.

If your silver pieces have tarnished, you can gently rub them with a bit of toothpaste to clear away tarnish

Start Picking Out Your Jewelry for Beachwear Today

For the boho-chic girl, jewelry on the beach is a must-have. Not only does it provide that classy, adorned look, but it can really tie your look together. Pick out a few pieces of jewelry for beachwear today and watch your confidence skyrocket!  

If you’re looking for the perfect boho swimsuits and coverups, look no further than Bohemian Beach Boutique. We’ve got all the most unique and stunning beachwear you could ask for! Take a look at our selection and start planning your next beach trip.