Jewelry is one of our most personal items, and frequently, our most beloved pieces are the ones we wear all the time. Jewelry is certainly meant to be enjoyed- but keep in mind that it is easy to overlook the problems that come with constant wear, and before you know it- you've lost a diamond!
Here are three tips to help keep your most precious pieces protected so you can enjoy them for as long as possible:
1. Limit Exposure
Here in South Florida, swimming is a great way to spend the day! However, chlorine water can actually cause the metal in your jewelry to become brittle and more prone to breakage. Household cleaners, hand sanitizer and other chemicals can also cause your rings to deteriorate over time. We recommend removing your rings when cleaning, and storing them in a safe place until you are finished.
Another cause of damage can happen at places like the gym or while gardening. Rings should be taken off when handling heavy objects or doing strenuous work. Besides the risk of chipping a diamond or scratching your rings while working out, putting pressure on your ring while- for example, weightlifting, can case the ring to flex ever so slightly and can cause a stone to fall out, or at the least, leave your ring misshapen.
2. Keep it Clean
Cream products like hair conditioner and lotion stick to the insides of jewelry pieces and on diamonds, making your jewelry look dull. If a stone has become loose in its setting, the build-up can actually disguise broken or pulled prongs, meaning the only thing that is holding your diamonds in place- is lotion! Then, the diamonds can fall out while you wash your hands or dishes, and they are lost forever.
Make sure to take your rings off before applying lotion or hair products, and bring them in often to get cleaned! When we clean them here in the store, if any diamonds do fall out they are caught by our cleaner, so we can re-set them in your ring right away.
3. Have it Checked
When you bring in your jewelry to be cleaned, we will check your settings as well. Pulled and broken prongs should be addressed and repaired as soon as possible, to make sure your diamonds are safe and sound. Though sometimes you can see a damaged prong with the naked eye, or even feel it with your finger, a jewelry professional should look at your piece under magnification to check for stone breakage, metal fatigue, and other areas that have sustained injury.
We will always recommend the best option for your particular piece, and our Master Jeweler can restore your jewelry back to its original beauty!