“My center stone fell out!” The sentence no jewelry wearer or jeweler ever wants to hear. I have personally witnessed many of my own family, friends, and acquaintances losing diamonds in their jewelry. In a perfect world, jewelry wearers would be as delicate with their pieces as they are handling eggs. Realistically? That would never happen.
Diamond jewelry dominates the jewelry market mainly for its durability. Afterall, diamonds are the hardest thing on earth! The metal that holds the diamonds secure though, is not. Diamonds can be set in different metals and their alloys from silver through gold and platinum. How each of these metals react with water and the different forms of it are vastly different.
GIVE YOUR DIAMONDS SOME TLC
While pure water itself won’t harm your jewelry, the water and the contents of the environment around the water can be very abrasive.
- Sterling silver will tarnish much faster, so make sure to dry off your pieces thoroughly if they get wet.
- Lower karat gold will corrode faster than a higher karat; little particles like salt and sand act like microscopic files rubbing away every so slowly.
- Platinum withstands the most wear and tear, merely suffering minor scratches and abrasions that can be lessened with a good polish.
Remember though, we’re still only talking about diamonds!
Many other stones can’t touch any form of water at all. Diamonds fall out because the metal has lost its original grip due to wear from our everyday lives. Therefore, many jewelers recommend routine maintenance for all your pieces in wearing rotation.
- Monthly for pieces you wear all the time
- Quarterly for pieces you wear a few times a month
- Once a year for all the others
This allows the jeweler to ensure that any gunk leftover like soap residue, make up, and lotion is removed; to check on the tension in all the stone settings; and to give it the metal that little oomph it needs to shine like justice again.