Bring Your Ring in For a Day at The Spa - $15 January 30, 2016 11:52
Your rings work hard to glamorize your hand - give them a Spa Day at Chimera Design.
We will start with an inspection of the ring. We will make sure the tips, prongs, channels, and bezels are in good shape for keeping your diamonds and gemstones secure in the mounting.
The it is off to the back room for an invigorating 2850 rpm session with our Handler Buffer. This will remove surface scratches and return your precious metal to a nice shine. Our jewelers rouge is especially formulated to clean and polish.
From there your ring will be transferred to our Branson 2510 heated ultrasonic where any dirt and debris will be gently shaken by the soothing 40kz sonic waves.
Then it is a short hop over to our 1300 watt Steam Dragon steamer for a purifying blast of vaporized distilled water at 90-125 psi. This will remove any residual jewelers rouge and gra-do!
The Importance of Cleaning and Maintaining Your Jewelry July 31, 2015 17:49Information about the care, cleaning, and manufacture of fine jewelry.
The importance of jewelry maintenance.
Jewelry Maintenance - this is a serious subject. For most people, a diamond ring represents the biggest jewelry investment they have. Most diamond rings - engagement, wedding, or anniversary rings - are worn 24/7/365. Just like anything else - your jewelry needs to be maintained - especially a ring on your finger.
When your ring is new - the diamond(s) is secured by prongs and tips.
The tips on the prongs come up over the edge of the diamond and help to hold it secure in the mounting. Over the years you put your hand (ring) in and out of your pockets, in and out of gloves, and generally wear the heck out of it. That is a good thing - but you should have your rings inspected at LEAST once a year. A competent jeweler can look at the condition of your ring and know if your diamond is secure in the mounting.
Look at the picture of the new ring - then compare the tips on it with the other examples. (These are actual rings that have come in our shop.) Tips and prongs can be replaced - for much less than the cost of a diamond! Most ladies will get 8-12 years wear - but we know ladies who wear tips down in 3 years and sometimes even quicker.
GET YOUR RINGS INSPECTED!!
We do not charge for inspection, nor do most jewelry stores. Let a pro take a look for you at least once or twice a year. It can save you big money to say nothing of the sentimental value.
This is a new ring. Notice the tips come up
over the edge of the diamond, holding it in place.
You can see how the tips have worn away,
this diamond is ready to fall out.
Another example. This diamond has a 6
prong head, but 3 of the 6 are GONE and
the other 3 are very thin. DANGER!!!
One last example - see how the end of this diamond is exposed and two of the other four prongs are essentially gone.