Oh, no! One of my diamonds has fallen out! How could this happen? I thought my ring was perfect. Wait! Don't panic. Your ring is still perfect, however, your setting, if it's constructed properly, should keep your stone safe and secure. But keep in mind that along with construction, security also depends on the shape and design of the chosen ring setting. Over time, in some cases, sooner rather than later, a diamond may escape its housing. The team at Acredo has listed some information on how you can prevent your precious diamonds from escaping.
Why Is The Setting Of Your Diamond Important?
There are many attractive setting choices, all with differing characteristics that could either be a better choice, or a worse one for your diamond's longevity. For instance, prong-set and bezel diamonds are known to provide more security from loss, while pave-set stones are said to be amongst one of the riskier settings. Due to the type of setting used, the smaller the diamond, the higher the risk of them falling out. While not all pave-set stones may fall out, you may want to keep this in mind.
Consider Periodic Wear and Tear Check-Up
Choosing a more secure setting will not guarantee that you won't lose a diamond at some point, as rings are susceptible to gradually wearing down. Signs of deterioration to look for include:
- Bent prongs
- Loose Stones
- Chipped mounting parts
If you find that your stone is moving about, you should take it for a tune up to have the mountings tightened.
Design and Construction Matters
It's important to understand that the metal used for fastening, setting, and mounting pieces within your ring plays a big part in how securely your stones stay in place. Metals that are softer, like yellow gold, carry a higher risk of escaping. As such, white gold, platinum, or palladium, should be used to fasten the stone. This holds particularly true for prong-set gems, since they, more than likely, will bend and break eventually. Avoid the use of invisible or inlaid settings, if possible, if losing your stone is a great concern of yours.
It's almost an inevitable feat to prevent the movement and loosening of your stones with the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, getting regular maintenance on your jewelry is the best way to prevent issues. Contact us today if you have a loose diamond, if you need preventive maintenance, or if you're in the market for a beautiful engagement, wedding, or eternity ring. Our team looks forward to helping you find your perfect piece. In the meantime, take a look at our blog right here!