Can I Wear My Jewellery in the Shower?

Can I Wear My Jewellery in the Shower?

Hey gorgeous! We know you’ve got a lot of questions about keeping your jewellery looking fab, and the most common one we get is, “Can I wear this in the shower?” Let’s dive into the deets and clear up any confusion. Plus, we’ll share why stainless steel jewellery is your new BFF for everyday wear.

Can You Shower with Your Jewellery?

First things first, when you ask if you can wear jewellery in the shower, what you’re really wondering is if it will tarnish. Tarnishing is when your bling loses its shine due to air or moisture exposure—totally not the vibe we’re going for.

Understanding Tarnish:

  • Definition: Tarnish is the dullness of colour and loss of brightness, especially due to air or moisture.
  • Common Metals: At ELVIE, we primarily use Sterling Silver and Stainless Steel for our pieces.

Sterling Silver: Sterling silver jewellery can tarnish over time because it’s 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. While it’s best to avoid wearing it in the shower, an occasional splash won’t ruin it. A quick polish with a silver cloth can make it sparkle again.

Stainless Steel: Now, this is where the magic happens! Stainless steel doesn’t tarnish, making it perfect for showering, swimming, and living your best life. Our 316L stainless steel (a.k.a. surgical steel) is hypoallergenic and rust-resistant, meaning it’s built to last.

Why Stainless Steel Jewellery?

We’ve worked with all kinds of jewellery materials over the years, but stainless steel has truly won our hearts. It’s hypoallergenic, super durable, and resistant to rust and corrosion. Here’s why it’s the ultimate choice for your everyday jewellery:

Durability: Stainless steel jewellery can withstand daily wear, whether you’re hitting the gym, swimming, or just going about your day. It doesn’t tarnish, so your pieces stay looking fresh.

Plating Perfection: Our stainless steel pieces are plated in 18k gold and rose gold. They go through an electrolytic process, adding a protective oxide layer and a thin coat of chromium oxide. This means the gold, silver, and rose gold colours stay true and won’t discolour with normal wear.

Easy Care: To keep your stainless steel jewellery looking immaculate, simply wipe it with a soft cloth. If it gets dirty, a quick soak in warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid will do the trick. Just make sure to dry it with a soft cloth and avoid anything too abrasive.

Top Tips for Jewellery Care

Whether you’re rocking sterling silver or stainless steel, keeping your jewellery in top shape is key. Here are our top tips:

  1. Skip the Shower Bling: Even though stainless steel can handle it, do you really need to wear it in the shower?
  2. Night-Time Routine: Take off your jewellery before bed to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.
  3. Everyday Activities: Remove jewellery before washing hands, exercising, or swimming.
  4. Dressing Up: Put on your jewellery last and take it off first to prevent snagging.
  5. Post-Wear Wipe: Always give your pieces a wipe with a soft cloth to remove oils and moisture.
  6. Storage: Store each piece individually to avoid scratches. Use the pouches or boxes provided.
  7. Moisture-Free Zone: Keep jewellery in a dry place to prevent tarnishing. Your dresser looks cute, but a drawer is safer.

The Charm of Plated Jewellery

Our gold and rose gold jewellery pieces are plated to perfection. While they’re stunning, they do require a bit more care:

Gold and Rose Gold Plating: Our pieces are plated over sterling silver or stainless steel. While occasional shower wear is fine, regular exposure to water can dull the finish. Just give them a gentle wipe after wearing and avoid harsh chemicals.

Rose Gold Care: Rose gold is more delicate due to its copper content, so it needs extra love to stay shiny and beautiful.

Why Does Jewellery Tarnish?

Even if you don’t wear your jewellery in the shower, it can still tarnish. Some people have more acidic skin, which can accelerate the tarnishing process, especially with sterling silver and lower carat gold. Stainless steel is a great option for those with sensitive or acidic skin, as it doesn’t tarnish.

Keep Your Jewellery Pristine

Maintaining the beauty of your jewellery is all about care. A little attention goes a long way in ensuring your pieces stay radiant. For our gold and rose gold jewellery, occasional wear in the shower is fine, but regular exposure will dull the finish over time.

Wrap Up

At ELVIE, we’re passionate about creating jewellery that you’ll love and cherish. Our commitment to quality means you can wear our pieces with confidence, knowing they’re crafted to last. So go ahead, personalise your look with our engravable cuffs and stunning pieces. Show off your style, and let your jewellery tell your story.