I grew up behind the showcases with a workshop as my playroom. I have heard just about every piece of bad advice ever uttered when it comes to jewelry. Read below to get an inside perspective on the 5 pieces of advice that make me cringe the most and what you can do instead.
Never take your jewelry off
If you drove your car endlessly with no maintenance you would expect it to fall apart. The same is true for your jewelry. Fine jewelry is not meant to be worn during many of our more arduous daily tasks.
Clean your jewelry with toothpaste
Toothpaste is slightly abrasive. It isn’t great for your gold, but it will also leave a film on your diamonds. It doesn’t actually clean your jewelry at all. It gets stuck under your stone and allows more dirt and other grime to collect in hard to reach places on your fine jewelry.
Never let your diamond out of your sight, the jeweler might switch it…
It takes a lot of time, expertise, and valuable materials to set a diamond. It is in no way quick or easy. It all comes down to trust. If you don’t trust the person you’re working with…maybe you shouldn’t be working with them. I don’t encourage leaving your jewelry with just anyone I wouldn’t lose sleep over having someone quickly check, ultrasonic, and steam off my ring even if it was out of my sight.
Your ring gets stretched when it’s sized and sizing makes it thinner
Plain, solid gold, and platinum bands without stones that are only being sized up or down 1/4-1/2 of a size are often stretched. ANY ring that has stones must be cut and metal added or removed to change the size. This should NEVER thin the bottom of your ring. The piece that is added should be the same thickness as the bottom was before. An expert can even size a diamond eternity band!
Your diamond can’t break
Diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth. They can still chip and break. Most often this happens through years of constant wear. Other times it happens when there is a significant inclusion that was already a weak spot.
As always, find me on Insta to ask any diamond questions you have @katetheconcierge