3. Sand

It’s ok to be concerned about the impact of sand on jewelry. Sand is silica and it is very abrasive. The effect it has on jewelry is totally dependent on the materials the jewelry is made from. Solid precious metals – gold, silver, platinum, tungsten, titanium etc, will be unaffected. Plated items (rhodium, gold, silver, vermeil etc) can certainly suffer sand abrasion. When it comes to stones and gems, the harder the stone, the less likelihood of scratching – most at risk are softer quartz minerals such as citrine and amethyst.