How often do you have your sentimental and valuable vintage jewellery checked over or cleaned by a professional jeweller? I have to say when I didn't have children I'd fluff about a lot more and have cleaning days and get all pretty pieces shiny again. But since having kids, it's just not something I have even given a second thought too.
Recently I shared a post about losing a diamond from my wedding ring
and during the time I was having quotes and repairs done, I was prompted to get onto email and have a chat with Christina from Christina Lowry Designs
about the whole situation and about what I should and shouldn't be doing in future regarding my pieces.
Christina gave me loads of great advice and information and I thought it would be great to share those insights here, about what it is that we can do to ensure the longevity of our precious pieces. Firstly though Christina advises that people check jewellery yearly (whoops I certainly haven't been doing that) and more often than that if it's a particularly old piece. You may find that:
* Settings may need tightening.
* Claws retipping
* Fine shanks may need new bands
* Bracelet and necklace clasps and jump rings may need to be checked
All the above are easy enough fixes ranging in cost for repairs, but as long as you attend to the matters before you have a major issue, it's fair less cheaper than having to replace an entire piece or precious valuable stone.
Checking Over Jewellery Yourself
Christina shared some tips of things you can check over at home yourself and if you find any of the following issues it's certainly time to get your pieces seen to by a professional. To quote her directly she says:
"In terms of checking jewellery yourself, you can look over your pieces for bent, broken or worn claws and loose stones. If you can turn a stone in a claw setting there's a good chance it needs tightening. If you hold a ring next to your ear in two fingers and tap it with a third and you can hear a rattle if you have loose stones".
So get on to it and check over your pieces. Finally Christina mentioned that your contents insurance generally covers jewellery stolen from home or lost away from home as well as lost gemstone. However most policies need items over $1000 to be individually listed and to have a valuation certificate.
Oh and be mindful of when and where you wear precious valuable pieces where there may be a chance of pieces getting damaged like at the gym or whilst gardening. Remember to also store metal jewellery away from pearls as not to scratch them.
I'm super thankful that Christina gave me so much advice and that I could share it. I'd like to know though from others, seriously though when was the last time you had your precious pieces looked over, if ever at all?
Labels: Everything Vintage, Tips/How To's