Jewelry Safety - Is Your Diamond Safe?

May 20, 2015

Are your diamonds and gems safe?
The worst time to realize that your diamond isn’t safe is after you've lost it. Be proactive and have your ring prongs checked and tightened at least once every six months to a year. If you haven’t had them checked, don’t go to the beach or pool until you do!
Do your rings fit?
Do you find that your rings spin on your fingers? Can you pull them off with no effort? Do your rings fall off sometimes?  These are all signs that your rings may not be tight enough.  Although our fingers tend to swell during the spring and summer or after a great margarita, this can be the riskiest time of year to lose your rings. Swimming, gardening, walking on the beach...we are involved in a lot of warm weather activities that create opportunities to lose your rings. If you're concerned that your rings don't fit, make sure to stop by Spectrum Fine Jewelry and have them checked! 
Are you swimming or cleaning in your jewelry?

Did you know that chlorine in a pool, a hot tub or household cleaners can damage your gold jewelry?  Even the salty ocean water can damage your jewelry.  If you are a water baby, you may be at risk of losing a diamond from your ring or permanently damaging your jewelry. If possible, take off your jewelry before activities that will put your jewelry at risk such as swimming, gardening, or other outdoor activities. 

Does your jewelry sparkle?

Do you remember the day you first got your gorgeous diamond ring?  It was so sparkly, and absolutely perfect. You may have noticed that it doesn't sparkle quite the same and for some, it may not be as white as it used to be.  To regain that shine, it may be as simple as a quick clean and rhodium plating. All white gold rings will need to be re-rhodium plated at some point in their life. The on-site Spectrum Fine Jewelry service studio can have your rings looking good as new in no time.  You may even ask about our “Back to Factory Specs” service that also includes rounding the ring back out, checking and tightening the prongs and removing scratches and dings.

Is your jewelry appraisal up to date and properly insured?
 As we all know, the precious metal, gemstone and diamond markets fluctuate.  The value of your jewelry can change drastically in just a few years. Do you have jewelry that hasn't been appraised in 3, 5, or even 10 years?  If you want to make sure your jewelry is properly insured, you’ll need to get an updated appraisal. Between swimming, vacations and other summer activities, this is a dangerous time of year for losing jewelry.  Make sure it's safe by updating your appraisals and insurance.  We can help you with both of these services at Spectrum Fine Jewelry.
Keep your jewelry safe and sound while traveling
Your jewelry is part of you, so leaving it behind may not be an option. Whether you’re a jet-setter or weekend road-tripper, here are some helpful safety tips from your travel-savvy friends at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. 
  • - Choose wisely. Pack light and take only the jewelry you’ll wear while traveling and at your destination. The 4-carat diamond ring you save for special occasions? Probably not. The pearls that go with everything? Definitely.

  • - Make a list. List all the jewelry you’ll take with you. Make two copies. Take one copy with you and store it separately from your jewelry. Leave the other copy at home. Also helpful: take pictures or a video of your jewelry.

  • - Carry it on. Never put jewelry in checked baggage. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carry on bag. If you wear it, take extra care by slipping a pendant inside a sweater or turning your ring so only the band shows.

  • - Keep it with you. Put your jewelry in a favorite bag you’ll carry while traveling. Don’t leave your jewelry in an unattended car or suitcase. When checking into your hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to hotel staff. Carry it personally.

  • - Use the safe. Always store jewelry in the hotel safe when not wearing it.

  • Insure it. Jewelers Mutual expertly insures your personal jewelry against loss, damage, theft and mysterious disappearance wherever your travels take you, worldwide. So get the right insurance. Then relax, be yourself and have fun.

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