We get this question all the time. Today I had a client who’s engagement ring had lost the center diamond, (she found it !) and after looking at the prongs, I could easily see they were worn out, and being worn out, there wasn’t any support left to hold her diamond properly. I asked her when she last had it checked, and she said never, why should she, the ring was expensive, it should last! When did you get it, I asked. She said 12 years ago (!) I’m not sure why the price would affect the durability, but people often think so. It truly doesn’t matter if it has a high value, or not. Metals can wear down over time, and rings that are worn day in and out, take a beating. Client’s think they aren’t doing anything to cause wear, but daily activities will put wear and tear on the jewelry you wear every day. You can save yourself a headache, (and heartache), by coming to see us at least twice a year. Then we can let you know if your jewelry is okay, or recommend what needs to be repaired. Think of your car and getting the oil changed, or going to the dentist. Preventative maintenance! Bracelets are another style that can really take a beating. Earrings and necklaces, not so much, but they still should be looked at. We don’t charge for this. Jewelry almost always has very strong memories associated with it, which makes it very emotional. Losing a piece because something wore out can be heartbreaking. Be wise, and come in and have it checked and cleaned, really is a no-brainer. Besides, it will look fantastic!