Your new ring is beautiful. Your neighbors are green with envy, your best friend pops anti-depressants, and your coworkers are plotting against you. Now you have to make sure your crown jewel maintains its stunning look. Sit back, and take a jewelry safety course from people who make rings for a living.
Unlike clunky rings of the past, modern, elegant engagement rings require better care. An engagement ring with lots of tiny sparkling diamonds has a lower threshold for damage from occasional dings and bumps.
Some manage to destroy a ring in one evening. They would applaud so vigorously that the rings on both hands hit each other at a rate of up to four times per second. It is still less than 14 times per second the world’s fastest clapper Kent French can do, but nevertheless, every collision results in a small dent; hundreds of hits combined can destroy the ring.
Wear & Tear or Wear Till Tear?
Rings are made of solid metal or metal/gemstone composite without moving parts. Any defects, such as cracks or loose stones, manifest themselves within a week or two and can usually be fixed using a laser welder. After a month or two of wear, it is safe to assume any new problems are caused to unkind wear. As upsetting as it sounds, the only person who can be blamed for the damage is the owner.
Explaining to a client that his/her jewelry-wearing habits are causing the damage is a customer-relationship nightmare. Most clients are reasonable and fair in understanding the situation, but some do not take it well. The usual action is to repair or completely re-make the ring, followed by a stern warning to change your wearing habits. Alternatively, you might change the setting completely, usually to solitaire or a three-stone ring.
You should not feel bad about it. In the course of life, there are many events beyond your control. Your jeweler is like a family doctor – you see him no matter how embarrassing or mundane your problem is. Your trusted jeweler will always reward your customer loyalty by performing a repair at little or no cost or assisting in filing the insurance claim.
Here is a conversation at a jewelry counter repeated in this form or another more than once or twice. Customer: “I expect to wear my ring every day. I am an active person and do a lot of physical activities. I travel, I garden, and I exercise. Regardless, I do not want to take it off my finger for any reason. This is the way I am. Besides, somebody might assume I am still single if I don’t have the ring!”
Salesperson: “No problem at all, you can wear it non-stop; it’s well made. It’s a quality item, not the cheap knockoff you would buy on 47th Street.”
The salesperson just told her a lie. To close the sale, the salesperson will say whatever the customer wants to hear. A reputable salesperson will not hesitate to tell the inconvenient truth: micro pavé jewelry, although not fragile, has to be worn with more care than plain-vanilla non-pavé jewelry.
In your life (ideally), you get only one engagement ring. Choosing its style is difficult because you must assess your lifestyle many years into the future to ensure that it’s appropriate for just about every situation you might find yourself in – casual or formal. Imagine having to wear only one dress for the rest of your life. Which one would you choose: an evening gown or jeans? That is essentially the choice you make when you choose your engagement ring.
An evening dress is the equivalent of a micro pavé ring. It combines feminine elegance with delicate construction. A pair of khakis might stand for a plain solitaire. Do you prefer to show up at work wearing a sheer designer dress or have a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant sporting sturdy overalls? The answer seems to be simple, but it’s not.
Unfortunately, there is no “in-between” option; it’s either one or the other. To find a balance between the beauties of a delicate micro pavé ring and the durability of a shopping mall clunker, we must walk a fine line.
In our work at Leon Mege, we tend to be drawn to the side of beauty at the expense of strength. Delicate but beautiful micro pavé does require some amount of sacrifice. Choose jewelry that aligns with your lifestyle and comfort zone. Its longevity depends on your care and constant awareness.
It is not an appliance. It is impossible to avoid contact between your ring and hard objects during the day, but this is not required. By being alert and conscious, one can wear a micro pavé ring for 20-30 years, which will look new. However, if the advice is not heeded, evidence of damage might become noticeable within a few weeks.
Very few people admit to being clumsy or rough with their jewelry. They might not even be aware of it. The damage to jewelry goes beyond the usual dents and scuffs. The ring might get bent, warp, have loose or lost stones, or even break apart. The usual cause – is mistreatment, abuse, rough handling, applying excessive force, and friction.
The moment you forget the ring is on your finger is the moment that will be the beginning of its demise. By being naturally cautious of your movements and actions, you will avoid many headaches in the future.
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