Elevate Your Beach Attire With Bling

Beach days and bathing suits go hand in hand. Throw some bling into the mix and suddenly you have a look that is hotter than a barbecue on the Fourth of July.

“Beach jewelry takes one’s look from plain Jane to sexy and fun,” said stylist and owner of L’Armoire boutique Diane Lloyd Roth. “But do not overdue it; the perfect mix is key.”

To help take your beach getups to the next level, Roth shared the top five jewels to flaunt this summer.

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Rock whimsical rings

Tourmaline and Diamond Ring, 2.86 Carats

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Summer is all about flaunting sleeveless and short sleeve cover-ups—making sun kissed hands that much more noticeable. “Rings worn on multiple fingers, especially thumb rings, look great and are feminine.” Roth suggested pink diamonds, opals and colored gemstones that are fun and elegant at the same time. Browse through any of the luxurious pieces from Argyle Pink Diamonds and the vintage styles of M.S. Rau Antiques.

Go Gold

Explosion Hoops

Explosion Hoops by Diane Kordas. image: l’armoire boutique

Gold hoops never go out of style. “You can wear shorts and a tank top and put on a pair of hoops and lip gloss and you are ready to go out, looking stylish and pulled together.” They also look great with wet slicked back hair, Roth added, and are perfect for all ages. The fresh and feminine pieces from Mounser, Carbon & Hyde, JFine Diamonds or Helen Yarmak are sure to do the trick.

Add edge with ear cuffs

Star Earcuff

Star Earcuff by Diane Kordas. image: l’armoire boutique

A big trend right now, ear cuffs “can put a modern twist on a sundress or beach cover-up.” But these aren’t for everyone. Roth said they are better suited for women with a rocker look. Shop Fallon and Repossi’s fun styles for some ideas. 

Layer Up


image: jfine/argyle pink diamonds

Thin chains are a great way to make a statement. “Layered thin gold necklaces with a bikini or under a white shirt are super sexy.” Stay away from heavy or clunky pieces that can be overwhelming. Roth recommended any of the delicate designs from Monica Rich Kosann.

Jingle all the way


image: jfine/argyle pink diamonds

Bangles are just as beautiful as the sounds they make. “Bracelets layered up work with bare arms and a bathing suit.” Think uncultured small pearls and pink and white or colored diamonds to take it up a notch without looking too formal. Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi and Ashley Pittman offer many light and free styles.