New Years Resolution: Let's keep our jewelry maintained.
Jewelry, like so many expensive items that we purchase, needs to be cleaned and checked often. Jewelry is similar to a car. Weather, oil, bugs, worn tires, etc. all need to be checked on cars so that they don't lose that shine or quit running. A ring has different culprits (hand lotion and cooking ingredients are two I commonly see) but will lose the brilliance and quit being functional exactly the same way. Just the way tires wear out on a car, the prongs holding your precious gems can wear and result in a lost stone.
So here is a challenge for the New Year. Don’t procrastinate your clean and checks. Keep your jewelry, especially your ring and bracelets, cleaned and checked (at least once a year) as you do your car.
There is a real technique to properly checking your jewelry, that I have learned from years of experience. When we check your jewelry we do the following:
Using magnification we look thoroughly at the piece.
Taking tweezers or a probe, we poke and push at all of the stones to see make sure they are tight in the mounting.
We take note of how dirty the item is to see at what level it needs to be cleaned or refinished.
We check all of the prongs and channels to see if they are worn down.
We look at the shank (back side of the ring) to see if it is worn.
After going through these steps we determine if it is going to be a simple clean and check to restore the ring back to its original condition or if the job will take the super powers of a master jeweler to make it like new. Whichever case it is, when the ring is picked up, our clients are amazed.
Below is an example of a ring before and after the restoration process. On the left is the ring once all the stones were removed for cleaning and prior to re-tipping all the prongs. On the right is the finished product.