You love your jewelry and you wear it everyday! Did you know that jewelry that is worn everyday is subject to wear and tear, and every time you bump, rub, or scratch your jewelry you wear off a small amount of metal?
Typically pendants, necklaces and earrings get the least amount of damage, as you will very rarely bump your earrings against anything. Rings, bracelets and watches however typically get knocked around quite a bit more. Here at Joe Escobar Diamonds we strongly encourage our clients to bring their pieces into the store every six months or so, to allow us to check the prongs to insure they are wearing properly. We will also clean your jewelry while you wait, which is the most visibly pleasing effect of bringing them in!
There are a few things that you can do at home periodically to check to see if your center stone is loose, and if the prongs are worn.
Tap-Test: Hold the ring up by your ear and gently tap anywhere on the setting. Typically if the stones are loose, you will hear the stone rattle.
Rub-Test: Run your fingertip across the top of the prongs. Do they feel sharp? Does one of the prongs feel different than the others? If so, you should bring your ring in for professional inspection.</p>
Visual Inspection:Look closely at your prongs. Do any of them have a lot of fibers caught beneath them? Do they catch on sweaters or other clothing? If so it could be an indication that one of the prongs has lifted off of the stone.</p>
When in doubt, bring your ring by the store! We are happy to inspect and clean any piece of jewelry purchased from Joe Escobar Diamonds at any time, at no charge. Because we have jewelers on site full-time, you never have to leave your jewelry for inspection.