As someone who has always loved shiny, pretty things, and believes minimalism is highly overrated, I find it unimaginable that anyone would prefer to face the day without adornment.
But even my exuberant faith needs some adjustment in the good old summertime, when jewelry takes on a different glow, a more noticeable profile, a different temperature, and some curious challenges. So here are points to consider when you want put a shine on in the sunlight.
- Diamonds appear twice their size in summer sun. So adjust accordingly depending on whether you want to stand out or stick out.
- Favor colored stones that easily catch the light like aquamarines, peridots, citrines, quartz, morganite and fire opals over light absorbing gems like garnets, malachite, or onyx.
- Pearls may be white but on their own they look elegantly at odds in bucolic settings or along the shore and are often vulnerable if you are engaged in sports or strenuous activity. The exception to this caution, however is any time you reach for a Little Black Dress.
- Less precious metals like copper, brass or alloys heat up much more rapidly in the summertime. Stick to the good stuff.
- The most obvious statement you may be making with a statement necklace, or any form of big link chain is “Oh, my word, this is making me sweat!” Summer is the season for jewelry that’s weightless and airy, that fluidly moves and swings.
- Under a full moon, candlelight, the strung bulbs of an outdoor café, or LED lights in a club, long earrings with faceted sparkle will act as you own
personal lighting system, highlighting your face, enhancing your cheekbones and fresh tan
- If you are wear jewelry to the beach, do not remove it to go in the water. A beach bag is too careless a place to put something so precious, for it is too easily mislaid or stolen.
- Nevertheless, just as extreme heat makes fingers swell, the sudden plunge into a cold ocean or frigid lake can make fingers “shrink”. Make sure your rings are secure, or leave them at home.
In fact, do not wear your best jewelry to the beach, for, oh so many reasons:
- It’s not only abrasive, it’s torture when it’s time to search for that lost earring, which is why we strongly recommend Gabriel’s patented screwback hoops.
- an aggressive wave can be a jewlery thief
- sweat and silver are not good friends
- sun tan oil and bug repellent gets into links and setting, dulls metal’s shine and forms a film over stones
- chlorine is no ally of pendants hanging from leather, or braided bracelets made from any fabric. It can compromise their strength and discolor them. Over-chlorinated hot tubs can even discolor silver.
- NEVER wear jewelry while gardening. Besides getting it filthy, certain chemicals in soil can do damage, unknown buried matter can scratch or catch bracelets. Gardening gloves don’t necessarily solve the issue. When you are done, you can easily pull off a ring without knowing it. Take it off what matters before you get too close to nature.
- Take into account that sunglasses with polished wire or metal counts as jewelry in the overall picture.
- On one hand, it’s great to take your favorite pieces with you when you go on vacation especially if it’s going to be a romantic getaway. If that’s the case, either put them on and never take them off, or make sure the pieces you packed are insured. Hotel safes are not exactly Fort Knox, and hotels make it very clear that they not responsible for losses
- Summer knits are so appealing and sensual because of their seductively open loose weaves. But they are also a web just waiting to ensnare your jewelry and break your heart. Remove adornments with edges, catches unique geometry or easy movement before you put on or take off your knits. We don’t want the sun to catch you crying.