Mystique Jewelers has been building confidence for 30 years. Our master goldsmith has been in the business for over 25 years and our staff has more than 50 years of combined experience in diamonds, gemstones, jewelry repair and custom jewelry design.
We work on the premises in Old Town Alexandria, Va. specializing in engagement rings, custom rings, white/yellow gold and platinum rings.
But choosing a new piece of jewelry is just the beginning. To prolong the life of your precious collection, perhaps even handing your special pieces down through your estate, regular maintenance is important.
“Why?” you might ask. After all, fine jewelry is typically made from durable materials: metals and gemstones. Aren’t skyscrapers and bridges made from metal? And aren’t gemstones pretty much rocks that are hard and practically unbreakable? Diamonds are even used in industrial tools to cut through the toughest of materials. So why would these strong components need regular maintenance?
The answer is twofold:
First, the metals and gemstones used in jewelry are not always as impervious as we imagine. Gold, platinum and silver are fairly soft metals, making them perfectly workable for jewelry creation. However, the result of this is that the daily wear and tear we put on our jewelry takes more of a toll than we think. Also, not all gemstones are as hard as diamonds. Opals, emeralds, pearls, and others are actually “soft” on the hardness scale. This means that they are susceptible to small scratches and abrasions which make them look worn over time. Of course, no gemstone is unbreakable, and even diamonds can chip if they are hit at the wrong angle.
The second reason jewelry needs regular maintenance is that we are often much harder on our jewelry than we realize. Even a relatively light impact at the wrong place can knock a small stone out of its setting. Activities like gardening and washing dishes are particularly hard on jewelry. The simple sliding of a pendant along its chain can eventually wear completely through the bail. Even something as simple as hand lotion can build up in the small crevasses in rings causing the gems to lose some of their sparkle.
Does your jewelry need some TLC? Mystique offers a complimentary jewelry inspection service. Let our trained designers, diamond experts, gemologists and master goldsmith examine your jewelry to see if any repairs are needed.