Fine jewelry is always an amazing present to give for any special occasion. It’s priceless to see the shimmer in your loved one’s eyes when they unwrap such a present. However, many people forget that, like all big ticket items, jewelry must be maintained over the years. Even finely crafted jewelry can get dirty, scratched or broken with time. This is when you must turn to jewelry repair services. A professional full service jeweler will be able to evaluate your pieces and recommend the appropriate repairs. However, repair services are not only for the extreme issues. Bring your jewelry into the repair department is very much akin to bring your car in for an oil change. We all know that it has to happen every so often but, we keep putting it off until the oil gets extremely dirty. When you start to see the clarity of your engagement ring diminish, it’s time for a little service stop.
Every piece of jewelry has it’s own demands and time schedule for cleaning. This time schedule is based largely on how often the piece is worn, the metals and gems that comprise the design and how the owner stores their jewelry. If you only wear your pearl necklace once a year on Christmas or New Year’s Eve and then you store it by it’s self in a jewelry pouch for the rest of the year, then you do not need yearly cleanings. In the case of pearls, depending on their amount of wear, you are urged to take them in for cleaning and re stringing every 2-5 years as their silk thread can deteriorate over time. Diamond jewelry that is worn on a daily basis needs to be cleaned at least twice a year. All jewelry when not in use needs to be stored separate from other pieces. This is the best way to protect your collection form damage. Other pieces can scratch softer metals and thus result in a trip to the repair department that could have been avoided.
The cleaning and maintenance of your jewelry should be done by a professional full service jewelry store that you trust. When taking a piece in for service it is always advisable to bring in any record of your jewelry’s certification, such as a diamond dossier or certificate. This will give the repair technician all the details of the piece they are working on. Many repair departments have gotten into the habit of taking pictures of each item as they are brought in to safe guard their customers and their stores from potential mismatching of jewelry. During a routine cleaning, most jewelry repair services will evaluate your piece for damages. This is part of providing maintenance on a piece of fine jewelry. Any repair service worth it’s salt, should tell their customers if they found scratches, loose settings or bent prongs on a piece. Not only is a cleaning amazing for restoring the finish and shimmer of your jewelry but, it’s another line of defense against all the little things that can go wrong. The time to realize you have a loose setting is in the jewelry store, not in the park when the diamond falls out somewhere.