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Are Projection Bracelets Waterproof?

The photo projection bracelet has been an increasingly popular gift choice with their aesthetics, versatility and the personal significance that it carries. 

A bracelet with picture is able to carry your custom picture inside, and project it onto a surface when light is shone through. But, the question we often find ourselves pondering is, are these projection bracelets waterproof? Should I take off my bracelet when take a shower? So, let's dive right in!

How is your projection bracelet made?

Let's first understand the general structure of a bracelet with photo projection. They feature a central pendant that houses a see-through projective stone, which has a flat side and a convex side. Just like a slide projector, it enlarges and displays the picture engraved on the flat side when light comes through from the right angle.

This tiny but crucial component is the crux of the matter. It's fundamentally a piece of optical technology. If you're interested in exploring more details of it, we have a blog on this!

The pendant that is used to hold the projection bead is generally made with two materials, sterling silver or stainless steel. You can typically see two types of chains, one is made from metal, either sterling silver or stainless steel, and the other is braided rope.

So, are bracelets with pictures in them waterproof?

They are water resistant, not waterproof.

We engrave the tiny picture with laser, and it won't fade or be spoiled by water. These projecting beads are designed to withstand average levels of environmental exposure, including mild contact with water.

If your bracelet is made with stainless steel, it's absolutely okay if it gets wet. Stainless steel can withstand the wear and tear of most daily activities, and is resistant to corrosion and scratches.

If your photo bracelet is made with sterling silver, we suggest keep away from water, because it may cause your bracelet to darken quickly. The process is called oxidization.

We know you want to show off your projection picture bracelet when you hang out with friends on the beach. You can do this! One thing to remember to do is dry it after using.

However, prolonged or frequent exposure to water is not recommended, such as swimming or hot spring. The chemicals in the pool and you use during shower may affect the longevity and functionality of the projection stone. 

Can you shower with a projection bracelet?

We suggest avoiding showering with your bracelet on, but if you forget to take if off before getting into shower, don’t fret.

As mentioned above, our picture bracelet can withstand mild contact with water. Water may cause specks or dots on the projection picture, but it won't ruin it per se. 

If you see water stains on the image, please wipe gently with a soft cloth. Also, remember to dry up the bracelet after taking a shower.

Care instructions

  • Avoid long exposure to water, chemicals and sunlight.
  • Dry it up every time after you swim or take a shower with it.
  • If your sterling silver bracelet gets dark, wipe it with a polishing cloth or a clean, soft cloth with warm water will make it shining again. If this doesn’t work, add a little soap or toothpaste to the cloth and wipe again.
  • Store in a dry place.

Much like any piece of jewelry with intricate craftsmanship, the projection bead's durability and resistance also depend on the quality of the manufacturer. Higher-end projection bracelets usually ensure a better level of water resistance, while cheaper ones may be more susceptible to water damage.


So, can projection jewelry get wet? Yes, we think it's okay to wear it to the beach or to the shower occasionally.

We do suggest the following tips, though, if you want to keep your pieces long:

  • Clean it if it’s exposed to chemicals such as chlorine, soap and salt water.
  • Avoid long-time exposure to water, especially hot water.
  • Put it in a jewelry box or pouch when you’re not using it, to reduce exposure to moisture and chemicals. Each Customodish photo necklace projection and projection photo bracelet comes with a free jewelry box, a jewelry pouch, and a silver cloth for easy care.

Hope this helps, and feel free to comment with any questions! 

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