It can be surprising to be given a gift of jewelry, even if it is only to yourself. The way the light reflects diamonds, golds, or gemstones can light up a person when worn on the neck, a wrist, or collar. But with all that glamor comes another aspect of jewelry that many people are not aware of: the care of it. Unlike the notion that all jewelry is the same and treated as such, it is in fact a precise art to keeping your jewelry intact. By knowing a few basics of jewelry care, you not only can keep your pieces lasting longer, but looking more pristine and saving yourself costly repairs. We will look at the most common jewelry items that need more care than you might think.
The hardest of all gemstones, diamonds are one of the most sought after gemstones. Even with their hardness, however, it does not mean they are devoid of places for injury. While scratches can happen with enough blunt force, the more likely place of repair needing to happen are the settings around the diamond. Prongs and channels, common in diamond settings, can bend and warp. The reason for caution is that your diamonds can, and will, fall out. Avoid this by investing in a small loop to inspect your setting, checking your diamonds and making sure the setting is secure. If they wiggle, take them to be set with a quality jewelry repair smith.
In many ways the opposite of the diamond, the natural gemstone of the pearl is a soft and demure jewelry item. The commonly spoken rule of pearls is to be the last item put on in an outfit, and the first to be taken off when you are finished with the day. Needing that tender care is due to the pearls porous nature, which is easily scratches as it is soft. Should a pearl necklace ever break, it can be a costly but fixable repair if it needs to be strung again. That shouldn't turn you from wearing pearls, but know that they need to be used gently and stored in a soft pouch when not being used.
Unlike metals like steel, carbide, or titanium, gold is a soft metal. When you hear it spoken in terms of karats, it refers to the gold to other mixed ratios of metal. The higher a number of gold, say 22 karats for instance, the softer. That is why it is not ideal to get a high percentage of gold in jewelry should you be a wearer that is active or rough with your jewelry. Should you see your gold rings start to oval, for instance, this can be corrected and should be as soon as possible. Some parts, like clasps, when broken will need to be replaced. As gold often holds gemstones, it is good to occasionally check the settings to make sure your gold is not compromised.
Following these simple steps will have you caring and seeing your jewelry in a better way. Even if you do all these things, don't blame yourself should something happen. Jewelry is more like a car, in how sometimes it needs repairs after use. With attention to care and the occasional tune up, your jewelry will not only be healthy, but give you a lasting glow for decades to come.