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.