Stuff breaks, mildews, rusts, corrodes, leaks and just plain falls apart. And if you are lucky enough to live in South West Florida, the things you depend on to work correctly begin to disintegrate the minute you install them. My “new house” is going on 15 years young and so far I’m on my third refrigerator and microwave, two sets of washers and dryers, three garbage disposals, two garage door openers, three water heaters, three air conditioners—the last one was compliments of Irma! The last time I counted, three pool filter pumps! I’m sure there is more… Oh yeah, now I remember. I replaced my roof three times and I’m on my third wife… apparently three times is the charm in my life! So, you get the sad picture! Another reason I hate summertime here in paradise is because off-season is usually the time of the year everything goes KAPUT! And that also usually happens in threes. Hmm… I believe I’m seeing some kind of pattern here? And those of you that own a boat, need I go on?
WTH! It’s enough to make you crazy, this stuff is expensive and to add insult to injury, you know those warranties they offer you at the cashier, they always and I mean ALWAYS, at least in my case expire a week or month before your appliance decides to hemorrhage and then expire. I don’t waste my money on warranties anymore.
Well, guess what, jewelry does the same thing and yes, I have seen cheap “stainless steel” jewelry get rusty or corrode. It’s a long list as well and can happen even to valuable jewelry. The jewelry you wear 24/7 is more likely and eventually going to need maintenance or some attention. Gold, silver, and even platinum wears when worn constantly. For example, you never take off that beautiful diamond and gold tennis bracelet, in 10 to 15 years. All the movable connecting links will wear through, and that’s dangerous, because no matter how great your clasp is or how many safety features you may have, if only one link fails its goodbye bracelet! The same goes for the prongs that hold your diamond or other precious gemstones you never take it off your finger, right? Have your prongs checked every six months—a free service I have offered since forever! it’s so much better to be safe than sorry, and avoid the pain and heartache from a lost diamond because you, yes you! All because you never had the ring checked for stone security and wear and tear on the ring mounting.
My warnings may seem redundant to many of you readers, So I ask myself… why am I so busy replacing so many lost diamonds and gems that could have been avoided by a simple and free inspection. I recently set up my enlarging scope to a large TV monitor so now I can enlarge your ring on the screen for a thorough inspection, any missing or worn prongs are now easily seen.
Inspections are just as important for chains and what you hang on them, the loops and bails can wear out and drop off gone forever, the little gold rings—jump rings—that connect the catch on your chain also wear out because of years of wear. In closing, anything you wear constantly should be inspected, worn prongs can be restored or replaced, worn jump rings or catches can too, nip it in the bud to avoid the loss of a cherished piece of jewelry.
Richard Alan is a designer/goldsmith and has been repairing and restoring fine jewelry since the age of 12, with his son Andrew they have over 65 years of experience in fixing a simple silver chain to restoring ancient Roman jewelry for a well-known Boston museum. He is the owner of The Harbor Goldsmith at Island Plaza serving Marco and beyond since 1994. He welcomes your questions about all that Glitters at www.harborgoldsmith.com, or by phone at 239-394-9275.