They are soft and warm … who would think they could cause you to lose a stone from your ring?
Amy Helein, Lavalier jewelry insurance expert and GIA Graduate Gemologist, says it’s a fact. “Lavalier’s claim files show that gloves – especially winter gloves – can snag a prong on a ring and pull it loose, resulting in the loss of a diamond or other stone.” she explains. “Even a small tug can loosen the setting.
“Don’t get me started on bracelets,” Amy laughs. “Knitted gloves and mittens, in particular, can catch and release a clasp in seconds. So can knit sweaters.”
Amy has three pieces of advice to safeguard your jewelry this winter, or any time:
- If you feel a tug on your ring or bracelet when you pull your gloves on or off, check your jewelry immediately. If a stone is missing, check the inside of the glove and the area where you removed it. Then, take the item to your jeweler for inspection and, if needed, repair.
- Check your jewelry when you put it on. Do you feel any roughness in the setting, especially the prongs of a ring? Is the clasp loose? Are the stones a little wobbly in the setting? If so, take the item to your jeweler right away.
- Make it a habit to visit your jeweler at least twice a year to have your jewelry inspected and, if needed, repaired. As a bonus, your jeweler will clean it so it shines like new!
Keep your fingers warm and your jewelry safe this winter!