Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Rings that are set with claws and/or prongs, should checked annually as they can wear down with time and get broken which will result with a stone breaking or falling out of the mount. A jeweler can re-tip the prongs. Sometimes in our daily routines and activities whether at work or home, a ring can be knocked or hit against something which can damage the claw—-most of the time we are not even aware. I can tell you first hand, it happened to me—two of the claws in my engagement ring were bent sideways, when my hand accidentally hit a wall. I could hear a distinct rattling sound because the diamond was loose in the setting.
If you wear your rings quite frequently and if the shanks are thin, they can wear out and snap off your finger. A jeweler can rebuild a new shank for you by making your exsisting shank wider and thicker or make a completely new shank.
Are you aware that soaps, shampoos, powders and lotions can build up a lot of residue and leave a filmy build-up under and around a setting? This would reduce the brilliance of a diamond or the brightness or intensity of a colored gemstone.
Most people enjoy outdoor activities—whether its sports or chores. However, these can also cause havoc for your jewelry. As an example, if you are an avid gardener, and like most people, you want to feel the soil and avoid wearing gardening gloves, you risk losing your rings as they could slip off your fingers. Also, dirt could be embedded within the setting and the stones could possibly get chipped.
Try to keep your rings in small plastic bags—they look like mini Ziploc bags and are avilable in craft/dollar stores.or their original ring box. This will prevent your rings from scratching against each other.
At home care for your rings requires minimal time and is so simple. By cleaning them on a weekly basis they will continue to sparkle and shine.
Monday, March 7, 2011
You have heard the expression "buyer beware". When you are on vacation and venture out to shop, especially for jewelry, there are a few key things that you need to be aware of in order to make sure that you are safe and that you are not being ripped off or conned when purchasing a piece of jewelry.
1.Purchasing from a street/beach vendor does not guarantee that you are going to get a "bargain" in some cases people have paid much more from these vendors than if they would have purchased it from a reputable store. Also, there is no guarantee that the item is genuine. Sterling silver can be stamped 925, but could be metal. Also, the gemstone could be a simulated stone.
2.Do purchase your jewelry from a reputable store that has a return policy for merchandise that can be returned in a reasonable amount of time for a full refund, not a store credit if you are not satisfied with it.
3.Be aware of "deals". If the price is too good, be cautious.
4.When entering a jewelry shop make sure that no one follows you in or follows you out.
5.Never shop alone.
6.When making a purchase, especially an expensive piece, don't put it on to wear out of the store. You do not need to draw attention to yourself.
7.Be a good negotiator. Try to get the best bang for your buck. Even the finest jewelry shop will have some flexibility in price.
There are so many tourists that travel to destinations that are known for their beautiful beaches and 5 star hotels, but the citizens are dirt poor. You need to be very careful when shopping to insure your safety.