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6 Warning Signs Your Jewelry's About to Break

on Apr 14, 2016 3:16 PM

Jeweler fixing jewelry that's about to break.

Shock. Disbelief. Anguish.

The all-too-familiar cycle of emotions experienced by anyone who has lost a piece of treasured jewelry.

Imagine glancing down at your left hand to see your prongs holding nothing but air. A vast expanse of nothingness where your center stone was only moments before. You frantically search the floor beneath you, scanning every surface and scouring every nook and cranny. But it's gone.

Fortunately, this dreadful situation can be avoided with an ounce of prevention - if you know what to watch for.

Symptoms of a Loose Stone

The greatest fear of the newly engaged is losing that very precious, very expensive diamond ring. Aside from misplacing the entire ring, the center stone is typically the most vulnerable.

Center stones seem to disappear with no notice. But, to the slightly trained eye, there are a few warning signs when your jewelry's about to break:

  • Too-Short Prong - If you notice one of your prongs appears slightly shorter than the others, or its rounded top seems to have narrowed, the security of your center stone may be at risk.
  • Missing or Bent Prong - Get to your jeweler ASAP if you have a prong so damaged that you can see with a naked eye that it's no longer supporting the stone. Don't try to bend it back yourself!
  • Shifted Stone - Is your center stone no longer sitting level? Does it seem to have rotated slightly? Either abnormality indicates your prongs are no longer holding the stone tightly enough.

Since the center stone is the most valuable, and often most vulnerable, portion of your ring, visit your jeweler for a repair as soon as possible if any of these symptoms arise.

Bracelet, Necklace and Earring Red Flags

Rings aren't the only type of jewelry susceptible to wear and tear. Bracelets, necklaces and earrings all have common warning signs as well.

  • Damaged Clasps - Clasps that don't close tightly, or require a little finagling to get just right, aren't something to ignore. Your bracelet or necklace might seem secure, but even a small compromise in the integrity of the clasp puts your entire piece at risk.
  • Stretched Strands - Especially applicable to pearls, stretched out necklace or bracelet strands are a danger as well. If your pearls seem to hang slightly lower than normal, bring them in to your jeweler and ask about re-stringing.
  • Broken Earring Posts - Broken or bent earring posts make the earring backs less reliable. Realizing you're unexpectedly rocking the one-earring trend may be second on the list of panic-inducing jewelry loss mishaps.

If you notice damage to your fine jewelry, noted above or otherwise, get to your jeweler as soon as you can.

The sooner you catch a problem, the easier, and cheaper, it will likely be to fix.

 

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Comments

Could you wright an article about traveling with your jewelry. Sometime I travel with several set of expensive jewelry and now since sometime your carry on bages get through before you and makes if ease for someone to pick up your bag. Do you have any suggestions?

Fran Scimmel

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi, Fran! We do have a blog post about the hazards to watch out for when traveling with jewelry. Check it out!

Specifically in regards to carry-on bags, we advise holding onto yours until just before you must walk through the body scanner to ensure you can pick it up right away once you're through.

Also, you may consider expressing your concern about your specific bag to the security staff and they may offer extra assistance in securing it for you.

Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

Thanks for writing this, I think it will make me more aware of the condition that my jewelry is in and be able to more adequately predict misfortunes. Great read.

Tony Gravers

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

That's our hope, Tony! Thanks for reading.

Chelsea Drusch

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Kent Ravaioli

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