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Sweatproof Jewelry for Everyday Wear and How to Keep It Clean

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Catbird, Mejuri, Aureum Collective
March 7, 2023

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While we love the look of pairing our swimsuits and workout gear with “Oh, this? I never take it off”-type of jewelry, we simply can’t afford to damage our favorite pieces. Enter: Sweatproof and tarnish-free jewelry that’ll last you years. Yes, delicate diamonds and expensive pieces are alway beautiful, but we love and appreciate jewelry that you can swim, sweat, and shower in.

So we’ve rounded up our go-tos from earrings you can nap in to necklaces that are durable, plus a few products to keep silver and gold jewelry clean. Best believe we’re bejeweled.

Sweatproof and tarnish-free jewelry


A barely-there chain that makes a big impact…

This 14-karat gold box chain is perfect for layering, wearing alone, or adding a pendant (may we humbly suggest a diamond initial). It’s also adjustable so you can wear it at three different lengths. While it’ll add a little shine to absolutely any outfit, it’s so delicate you’ll forget you’re wearing it, no matter how hard you’re working out. Trust us, the only time this necklace ever slowed us down was when we stopped to admire how good it looked in the mirror. ($198, Mejuri)

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A snake chain Hailey Bieber would pair with her swimsuit…

A good snake chain is a classic. This one is 18-karat gold-plated, so it won’t tarnish while you’re basking in the sun, hopefully after slathering on sunscreen. It’s sweatproof, waterproof, and hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. What more could you ask for? ($28, Pearlory)

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Maison Miru

A trio of earrings you can nap in…

Yes, you read that right. We’ve put these to the test, catching some afternoon Zzz’s to our heart’s content without any of the poking, prodding, or uncomfortableness of traditional studs. If you have multiple piercings and want to curate your ear, this set of three is a great place to start. Did we mention if you use code SKIMM10 you can take 10% off this set through March 14? *Adds to cart.* ($230, Maison Miru)

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Aureum Collective

A sterling silver ring so you can wear your heart on your hand…

Silver’s back, baby. This hammered ring is a great way to mix metals in your everyday jewelry lineup. The slightly misshapen heart is oh-so sweet and can be worn on any finger. If silver’s not your thing, it’s also available in a gold-plated option. ($175, Aureum Collective)

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Jennifer Fisher

A pair of 14-karat huggies that’ll go with everything…

From jeans and a white T-shirt to a workout set, there’s really nothing these little hoops won’t look chic with. An investment earring for sure, the high-quality metal ensures they’ll never tarnish, no matter what you put them through. Psst…use code JFSKIMM20 to take 20% off until March 14. ($350, Jennifer Fisher)

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A chain-link bracelet that’s not too bulky…

We seriously can’t get enough of these handcrafted pieces made to become family heirlooms. This classic choice is made of 14-karat gold that’s semi-hollow, so it’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down during boxing or yoga. Though it’s pricey, it’s also timeless and pairs well with other bracelets in your stack. Your child (or future child) will thank you. ($640, Kinn)

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Maison Miru

A cartilage hoop so comfortable you’ll never have to take it out…

We’ve worn this cartilage hoop for years and can confirm the 14-karat gold remains just as shiny over time. The hoop locks into place, so while you’re lunging, namaste-ing, biking, etc., you won’t have to worry about it falling out. It’s sold as a single, so if you want both ears to match, add more than one to your cart. You know the drill. ($160, Maison Miru)

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A dainty chain that comes in 13 lengths…

Talk about versatility. This satellite chain can be a necklace, bracelet, or even an anklet, depending on the length you choose. It’s gold-filled rather than gold-plated, so it’s much more durable. All of the jewelry from this brand is hypoallergenic and meant to sweat, shower, and sleep in, so you really can’t go wrong. ($46+, OXB)

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Bold huggies for everyday wear…

These 14-karat, solid-gold earrings are somewhere between an understated huggie and a hoop. They’re a great addition to any ear party and even come in a slimmer version. They have a secure snap closure and are sold as a single or pair. ($240, Kinn)

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Abbott Lyon

A tiny diamond ring that won’t catch on anything…

This ring features an ethically lab-grown diamond that’s flat, so it won’t scratch while you’re lifting weights or getting groceries out of the trunk. Shower in it, do your skincare routine with it on — the 18-karat, gold-plated finish will never dull. It also has an anti-tarnish coating. Go ahead, wear it out. ($250, Abbott Lyon)

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A slim bracelet made out of recycled gold…

This tiny sparkler will catch the sunlight, but won’t leave your wrist feeling heavy. It’s sustainably made with recycled 14-karat gold, comes in five different sizes, and looks cute with an added charm. We’re obsessed with the pearl ice cream charm. What a treat. ($98, Catbird)

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How to clean gold jewelry


A stick that will leave your diamonds sparkling…

Twist the bottom of this go-everywhere stick, apply to your diamonds, gemstones, and gold, and watch them shine. It removes all dirt and oils that may make your pieces look cloudy, and even works to reduce the appearance of scratches. The cleansing agent is gentle, so it won’t strip your jewelry of any polishes. Customers love that it can get into the smallest nooks and crannies. ($7.99, Amazon)

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A pack of jewelry wipes for cleaning on the go…

Stash these in your purse or suitcase to not only remove tarnish and restore brilliance to your gold jewelry, but to also apply an anti-tarnish coating to protect your precious pieces even longer. There’s no rinsing required, but customers say a little elbow grease is necessary. ($8.99, Amazon)

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An ultrasonic cleaner that works on much more than jewelry…

Just add water and cleaning solution, place your valuables inside, and choose from five time options to give your jewelry a deep clean. The super-quiet machine uses ultrasonic sound waves to gently pulse the dirt and grime away. It can also be used on eyeglasses, coins, and tools. ($39.99, Amazon)

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How to clean silver jewelry


A dip cleaner that’s practically like magic…

We’ve seen some of our most tarnished pieces come back to life thanks to this jar of ammonia-free solution. Just dip jewelry in for ten seconds via the included tray, rinse everything off, and be amazed at how clean and shiny your pieces are. It’s great for cleaning all your spoils post raiding your mom’s jewelry collection. Just us? ($8.99, Amazon)

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Silver wipes that work on all metals…

Originally intended for polishing silver, these wipes contain an ammonia-free formula that works well on gold, diamonds, and gemstones too. They’re easy to use, but customers note those with sensitive skin may want to wear gloves while cleaning. ($8.21, Amazon)

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A cleaning cloth that’ll shine without scratching…

These large cloths have an inner layer that contains a cleansing solution to remove tarnish, and an outer layer that will gently buff your jewelry until it shines. It works on all metals and can be reused, just not washed. Your favorite pieces have never looked better. ($7.99, Amazon)

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