Stitch reminds me of a diamond!
Confused? Have you ever seen the movie, “Lilo & Stitch”? If not, no worries, there are zero spoilers here! Stitch is an alien who crashes on earth; he can absorb and learn anything and everything. Oh, did I forget to mention he’s indestructible? I’ll let your imagination run with that thought and what the movie holds if you haven’t seen it yet.
You see, Stitch must learn to navigate the Planet Earth. While nothing can harm him, that doesn’t mean what is around him is as indestructible as he. At first, he is clumsy. Breaking things every day because he doesn’t know his own strength. Lilo must help guide him and teach him.
This is a diamond: the setting is what holds it but isn’t indestructible and a diamond’s other best friend, a jeweler. While a diamond is the hardest thing on earth, the metal that it sits in isn’t!
With items worn daily such as an engagement/anniversary ring or a wedding band, the “soft” metal that holds the diamonds in, takes quite a beating. Now, I put soft in quotes because relative to a diamond, everything is much softer. Between Sterling Silver, Karat Gold (in any alloy combination), and Platinum, the first two I mentioned are the softest. These pieces usually require more maintenance checkups than their equivalent Platinum counterparts, depending on the wearer. The more you abuse it, the more TLC from your jeweler it’ll need.
Imagine Lilo and Stitch playing on a seesaw, which they often do in the movie. A diamond loose in a setting will do just that; rock ever so slightly back and forth against the setting, slowly filing and etching away the metal. The result? Over time, the diamond will carve its way right out of the setting and fall out.
Aside from not wearing it though, there’s no sure-fire way to keep the diamond from potentially getting loose in the setting. For a piece you only wear once a week or once a month though, this would take a little while longer to do. Your best defense again losing a stone? Routinely taking your ring and other jewelry pieces into your local trusted jeweler, so he or she can check for loose stones and clean it.
I suggest picking a day of the week that works best for you, calling ahead to the jewelers (usually an appointment isn’t required for basic maintenance, but store policies vary from place to place), and then set yourself up a monthly reminder for it on your phone calendar WITH a notification and don’t ignore it! (Ex: Third Thursday of Every Month).
This will ensure your most precious pieces are still around for the next gen.