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  • How you could be unintentionally killing your jewelry...

    Like a new car, new jewelry eventually requires maintenance. This isn’t a suggestion, it’s a fact. When you love your jewelry, you wear it (as you should). When you wear it, you damage it. This fact is not so much about quality craftsmanship as it is about wear and tear.

    When you drive thousands of miles on your car, it is not the car’s fault the tires need to be replaced. The same concept can (and should) be applied to jewelry. Under elements of normal wear and tear your metals should last you the following number of years without requiring prong or shank maintenance.

    1. Yellow Gold – 5 Years
    2. White Gold – 8 Years
    3. Platinum – 20 Years

    This is under normal wear and tear. Below, I have created a list of activities that unintentionally kills jewelry. If you want to maximize the life of your jewelry and delay repair work as long as possible, please be (unofficially) advised to remove your jewelry when doing the following:

    1)      Cleaning:  Many cleaning chemicals contain chlorine – which is terribly harmful to most metals by causing porosity and weakening prongs and shanks. Even all-natural cleaning agents can do damage to jewelry. While they may not necessarily harm metal, they can damage most gemstones that have much softer compositional properties than diamonds. No, this does not exempt you from performing household chores! When it is time to scrub and disinfect your home, remove the jewelry on your hands first! Unlike your skin, jewelry does not heal and regenerate after chemical exposure.

    2)      Swimming: Just like with cleaning, more leisurely activities like, a soak in the hot tub or a quick swim before dinner, will damage your jewelry because of the chemical exposure.

    -Furthermore, when you swim (even in fresh or salt water) your hands are exposed to cooler temperatures. When your hands are cold your fingers constrict, when your fingers constrict your rings become loose fitting, when your rings are loose they fall off!

    3)      Yard Work: We have all had blisters from raking, weeding, chopping, stacking, digging, and/or harvesting. Am I right? We have all seen what yard work does to our hands (and muscles!), imagine what it is doing to your jewelry on a microscopic level. Over time, you will do damage that will bring your ring to our repair shop. May it be a broken prong, a chipped stone, or a missing stone, you will need it repaired, and it will cost you money.

    4)      Hiking: One of my best friend’s engagement ring was purchased from me. A month after the proposal, she texted me saying her platinum was terribly scratched (and it was!).

    The conversation went something like this:

    Her: “You said platinum was durable.”

    Me: “You climbed a mountain with your ring on.”

    Need I say more? (Sorry, Karis. I use your active lifestyle as an example on a regular basis.)

    5)      Sleeping: This is a big one. The biggest, really. Folks, take your jewelry off before bed. You’re not as delicate of a sleeper as you think you are.

    You may think you sleep like this:

    But you really sleep like this:

    When you toss and turn you are susceptible of snagging prongs in your blankets and stretching/tangling your chains. There is only so much of this that your jewelry can take.

    Eventually, something is going to give and it is going to either need repair or replacement.

    6)      Gym: Kudos to all of you who work out. Really, you put my couch-potato self to shame.  I never damage my jewelry sitting on the couch. Neither will you. You will, however, damage your jewelry at the gym. Whether you are pumping iron, practicing your left JAB, or using the rowing machine (all things, I have never done in my life) you are putting serious strain on your rings. Those of you wearing rings with stones are at the most risk. FYI: Activity that causes your ring to be pressed into your hand or against something else, even if it’s only at the bottom, will bend your ring. It may not be evident right away, but when your ring bends it effects the structural integrity of the tension holding your gemstones in. They will become loose and gold work will be required to strengthen your ring again. You may even chip your stones, requiring replacement. Yes, diamonds are the least likely to chip, but they can and will if under significant strain or impact.

    7)      Carrying heavy loads: If you’re like me, you hate making two trips out to the car to bring in groceries. To maximize your efficiency, I’m sure you carry all 17 bags and a gallon of milk into the house in one trip. This will bend your ring and snag prongs catastrophically. Reread the FYI from point #6.

     

    Jewelry is precious, delicate and valuable. While it deserves to be shown off, it deserves to be treated carefully to maximize its beauty and longevity. Please remove your jewelry before engaging in the activities listed above – they are the most frequent culprits of jewelry damage!

     

    When the time comes, and you need repairs, Day’s Jewelers has the most professional, talented, meticulous, caring, certified and accredited jewelers in the industry. I have had the pleasure of working with most of them, I trust and respect them completely. You will too!

     

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  • Jewelry is So Much More than Metal and Stones

    A few years ago my uncle gave me a baggie which contained a pretty rough looking piece of twisted metal. Upon opening it I realized that it was a Navajo sterling silver cuff style watch with turquoise and coral. This poor thing was in horrible shape, the watch was busted, the cuff practically cracked all the way through and one of the large turquoise stones was missing.

    Sitting there holding this, I thought to myself “this sure looks familiar”. My uncle explained to me that this was my grandfather’s watch. “That’s why I remember it” I said. You see my grandfather passed away when I was just a boy and he was only 52 years old. He was the Chief of the Penobscot Indian tribe here in Maine, and I remember seeing this watch on him when I would visit him in the tribal offices after kindergarten class.

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       Sterling silver, turquoise and coral Navajo watch after restoration.

    My uncle, knowing I worked for Day’s Jewelers asked me if there was anything that could be done to fix it. When he discovered it, he was tearing down an old shed on the family property and the watch was smashed into the mud. I knew if anyone could fix it, we could, and if we couldn’t, it was beyond repair.

    This watch literally sat in my kitchen cabinet for about 3 years and just recently, I finally brought it in to our master goldsmith Stephanie who works in our Waterville location. I of course told her the story, which she seemed to really appreciate and connect with. She said “let me see what I can do”.

    I had prepared myself to hear that there was nothing that could be done to bring this family heirloom back to its former glory and one day I got a call from Steph. “It’s all done, come take a look”. I ran downstairs into the store and was shocked at what was waiting there. It was completely repaired, the crack was fixed, the missing turquoise stone was replaced and even the original automatic Timex watch looked brand new and was ticking away.

    I am certain Stephanie could tell by the look on my face how grateful I was for her incredible talent that brought this childhood memory back to life. Standing there holding that watch was like having an instant connection to my Grandfather. That night I rushed home and went straight to my Uncle’s where I presented him with the watch. He was as shocked, if not more, than I was as he stood there holding this beautiful object that belonged to his dad. He gave me the biggest hug and that warmest smile and thanked me and Stephanie for making this happen.

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                The watch today, and back in the late 1970's when my grandfather wore it.

    I was happy to have that one day in my office, when I secretly wore the watch, before I took it to my uncle. That was enough to last the rest of my life. Well, my uncle called me the other night and asked me to come over but wouldn’t tell me why. When I got there, he looked me right in the eye and said “I want you to have this” and handed me the box which contained this special treasure. I was overwhelmed with honor, pride, happiness…all sorts of emotions. I of course jumped up and thanked him with a huge hug and today I am wearing this special piece of jewelry that my grandfather wore for so many years. I always felt like he was with me, but now I can see and feel it. Jewelry is so much more than what it is made of.  Its true value is in the stories and history that is behind it, and to me, this watch is priceless!

    -Jason Brown (JKB)

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