How To Choose Your Gym Jewelry

Some of you might have just started going to the gym and exercising. You‘re maybe unsure about all the rules there or are not sure what you should do – or wear. 

I will show you today why gym jewelry can be a great self-confidence boost and what pieces you can wear and which you shouldn’t. 

Why Should I Wear Gym Jewelry? 

One might think, jewelry while working out? This doesn’t make any sense. Well, there are some reasons why wearing jewelry can be totally okay and possible to do. It can even be really good to wear your favorite pieces. 

The first thing to mention is that wearing jewelry in the gym is possible. In this article, I show you the great kinds of jewelry that you can easily wear while working out. If you follow some rules, it’s very unlikely to hurt yourself or damage your jewelry.  

Secondly, jewelry is still an accessory, and sports clothes combined are still an outfit. What I’m saying here is that you can totally spice up your gym outfit by wearing simple and a few jewelry pieces. Biker shorts with just a sports bra or optionally a long tee shirt overneat have become an actual trend.

You can make this look cuter by adding some very small gold earrings and a short thin gold necklace. This is just an example but you get what I mean. And this leads us to our last point: confidence.

Working out in a crowded or new gym can be intimidating. Especially in the beginning, you might feel overwhelmed or insecure because of all these new experiences and other people. A small self-confidence boost can help. Wearing your jewelry in the gym can have two effects on your mind.

First, you might feel more secure when you wear jewelry pieces that you always wear, that have a special meaning to you, or that were gifted by a loving person. There might come off a comfortable and secure feeling of home when you remember or touch your favorite jewelry piece. And secondly, you might feel more self-confident because of your great outfit.

As said earlier, jewelry can even boost up your gym look. Feeling comfortable in your outfit, maybe feeling good-looking and loving your style, can make you feel way better and more secure. 

Test Your Jewelry Before Going To The Gym 

Imagine this: You picked a silver necklace to wear to the gym for the first time. It’s a bit longer but you’re sure, it’s not going to be a problem. In the gym, right during the first exercise, some push-ups, you notice that your necklace is just in the way and annoys you.

What to do with it now? You didn’t bring a bag in the hall and don’t want to just lay it somewhere loose. 

You can easily avoid that situation. Before wearing a jewelry piece in the gym for the first time, try it out at home. Do all of your exercises in your room, as well as possible, and see if your jewelry pieces distract you or not. The same works with cardio. Move around and test out every possible move that you might do later.

A man working out to show that you should test out your jewelry before going to the gym.

Why You Can Damage Your Jewelry And Your Skin When Wearing Gym Jewelry

Wearing the wrong kinds of jewelry can have huge damage to your jewelry and your skin. While working out, we do exercises, move a lot or fast, and sweat more than usual. And not every piece of jewelry is made to be worn in these special situationsq. 

On the one hand are the shapes and kinds of jewelry that can be bad for us. When your necklaces or earrings are too long or your bracelets too loose, the pieces can get tugged in your hair, clothes, or somewhere else which might all hurt you. Maybe your jewelry pieces “just” break or you actually hurt yourself or others.

This can also be the case with piercings. The damages and accidents you might have and how bad they are depends on the sport you’re doing, but it’s clear that you can hurt yourself. 

On the other hand are the different materials. Bad jewelry materials such as copper or brass oxidize when they come in contact with sweat. Chemical reactions then happen and a green shade shows up on your jewelry piece which then is passed on to your skin. That’s why some jewelry pieces turn your skin green or black. And although this is not the case every time you wear that jewelry but sweat increases that risk.

I must also say that this discoloration isn’t permanent and doesn’t affect your physical health strongly, it’s still something we want to avoid.

Next to the discoloration, bad jewelry materials such as copper and brass can cause allergic reactions. It’s not that rare that many people have an allergy to some of those metals, but they often don’t know. With sweat added, it’s more likely that the allergy causes those bad reactions. 

What Jewelry Can I Work Out With?

Now that we talked about the risks of wearing jewelry to the gym, let’s look at how you can minimize those. First the materials. The best materials to work out in are solid gold, sterling silver and silicone.

Silicone is definitely the best fit for wearing in the gym, but since not everyone has or wants to wear silicone jewelry, gold and sterling silver are also good options. Sterling silver can tarnish over time but you can clean it easily, see on our Safety Tips.

Stainless steel or titanium pieces are also good options because they are very robust materials. It makes sense to wear jewelry that has good quality and was potentially a bit more expensive. You have to find a compromise when picking jewelry that is not too cheap but also not too expensive. It’s still a risk to wear expensive jewelry in gym because it can get damaged. 

Let’s look at what you look out for when choosing your jewelry shapes and sizes. Wear pieces that aren’t long or distract you. As said earlier, try out what length and sizes work for you.

How To Find Your Gym Earrings

Pastel green, pink and white small butterfly earrings as good examples for gym jewelry.

When it comes to earrings, small stud earrings are the best. Dainty earrings that are small and light-weighted are also good. Whether for cardio or weight-lifting in the gym, you can wear them.

Don’t wear big chunkers that can get in your way, as well as long pendants since they can get tugged in your hair when moving heavily. Short hoops can also work well. If you have multiple piercings for earrings, you can wear several stud earrings at once for a cute look. 

How To Find Your Gym Necklace

A simple silver necklace with a heart and circle pendant as a good example for gym jewelry.

The necklace’s length plays the biggest part when choosing what necklace to wear.  Your necklace chain should be around 14 – 16 inches long (ca. 35-40cm). Don’t forget the pendant and it isn’t very long either. Necklaces can be very annoying when you work out.

Don’t wear chunky and big necklaces but rather thin and simple necklace chains. You also don’t want to have a heavy necklace pendant and it should sit comfortably around your neck. Here, it’s really important to test your exercises before doing them in the gym while wearing your necklace.

Layered necklaces aren’t the best when working out. They can distract you from doing your workout correctly, in case they get tangled or are in your way. 

How To Find Your Gym Bracelet

A thin gold bracelet and one with blue stones in it as good examples of gym jewelry.

As well as the necklaces, you should look for thin and light-weighted bracelets to wear to the gym. Thin dainty or chain bracelets are in most cases no problem. You can also wear braided bracelets or ones in leather although you have to see here if they get uncomfortable when sweating.

Loose bracelets and bracelet charms should also be left at home because they can annoy and distract you. However, wearing bracelets or not depends on the sports you’re doing. Doing cardio or weight lifting is mostly alright with bracelets, in contrast to kickboxing or other contact sports.  

How To Find Your Gym Rings

This one is easy to answer: Don’t wear any rings. If you go to the gym and do weight-lifting, you should definitely take all your metal rings off. The metal in your dumbbells or weights can deform your metal rings, as well as you could hurt yourself. The rings could also get scratches or damage by your weights.

You shouldn’t wear rings when doing (kick)boxing or other contact sports since this could hurt others too. If you really want to wear rings, check out silicone rings or read our Safety Tips. Or do cardio. 

What Jewelry Should I Avoid Working Out With? 

After talking about what jewelry pieces can be worn, there are still some aspects that you should be aware of. 

Earlier we talked about what damages bad quality jewelry can bring. These jewelry pieces are often bought cheap and made of brass, nickel, copper, or lean. However, you should also avoid gold-plated jewelry. These jewelry pieces are often made out of sterling silver or out of those “bad” jewelry materials and have a thin gold layer.

The thinner the gold layer out the copper material for example, the more likely it is that the sweat from working out robs off the gold layer and the copper reacts with your skin. We have here again the reaction with oxygen in the air and our skin may turn green. 

Another problem might show up when you work out with a new piercing because the sweat can irritate that new hole in your skin. You don’t even have to have the piercing jewelry in to irritate the skin. 

Avoid long earrings and pendants, heavy pieces, big hoops, loose and layered bracelets and necklaces, when working out. These sorts of pieces can really affect negatively yourself, the pieces itself and others. Precious jewelry details and materials such as gemstones, diamonds and pearls should better be left at home. If something happens in the gym, they can quickly be damaged by accidents.

That’s also why you shouldn’t bring very expensive jewelry pieces or ones that have a very meaningful background to them. It wouldn’t be worth it if they break accidentally. Lastly, you should make sure that your pieces are comfortable to wear – even when moving around heavily. They should have no sharp corners or points on which you might hurt yourself.

Earrings with a red bell and a snow flake as a bad example for a bad example, symbolized by a Red Cross, and small earrings with a light blue gemstone as a good one, symbolized by a green tick.
A purple necklace with a longer pendant in silver as a bad example for gym jewelry. Next to it a red cross to symbolize this bad example.

Safety Tips

Before leaving you with all the tips and explanations, here are some safety tips. You should really read those! Your health is important to us. As well as your interest in wearing jewelry to the gym! 

Clean It After Every Time In The Gym:

Jewelry pieces are precious and you should treat them as they are. Wearing good quality jewelry pieces when working out is totally fine, but you should take care of it, if you want to keep them precious.

Sterling silver can tarnish over some months if you wear it regularly and also during sports. Clean your pieces every time after working out with it. It doesn’t have to be the minute after. But, take off your jewelry the second after you come home, so you won’t forget it.

A great method for sterling silver is to lay the pieces in a bowl with lukewarm water and mild soap or dish soap. Let them in for some minutes and clean them then with a soft cloth and, if you want, a toothbrush. 

A silver necklace can get cleaned easily in a lukewarm water bowl with a pinch of dish soap in it.

Paint Jewelry With Clear Nail Polish

You recently bought this really cute necklace and it really matches your new gym outfit. Unfortunately it’s gold-plated and you’re not into getting green spots on your skin.

Paint your jewelry pieces with a thin layer of clear nail polish. This protects the materials that are directly on your skin and holds them back to tarnish quickly.

The hack sounds just great, but be careful. Doing this a couple of times is okay. However, the thin layer may have some effects on your jewelry after a long time or your skin gets irritated from the nail polish. Be careful here and maybe think about getting good material jewelry pieces.

Band-Aids And Wristbands For Rings

It’s understandable to not want to take off one’s engagement or wedding rings. Especially to not risk getting it stolen or losing it.

However as we found out earlier, rings can be very dangerous during workouts. Put on one or two band-aids directly over your ring. Make sure it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t move around and that it feels comfortable. You have more protection and your rings are still near you.

Another help are wristbands. There are special wristbands with a little bag in it to put your rings in. With this, you have your rings right with you without risking them to be damaged or that you get hurt.

RingHero for example has such a wristband. Check it out here.

What Jewelry To Wear To Gym

Let’s wrap this up. Wearing jewelry pieces to the gym can give you a feeling of confidence and safety, especially in your first days. But, since you work out and wear metals near your body, there are risk to hurt yourself, others or to damage your pieces that you have to keep in mind. That’s why testing your jewelry pieces at home is urgent.

When looking at the gym jewelry itself, look for small, thin and near to the skin jewelry pieces. Avoid loose, big and long jewelry pieces that might distract or hurt you. Great pieces to wear are dainty earrings, short and thin bracelets and necklaces. Don’t wear rings if possible.

Wear jewelry pieces that are made of platinum, silver or silicone. Leave copper, brass, nickel, lean, and gold-plated jewelry at home. Those “bad” jewelry materials can colorize your skin or the pieces get dark, because of the sweating. Also don’t wear your most precious jewelry pieces, since it’s always a little risk to take your jewelry to the gym.

If you consider all these factors and pick the correct gym jewelry pieces, nothing else can stop you anymore, from giving everything in the gym!