grows, and culturally we are urged to continuously move forward, occasionally
adopting a practice from the past may be provide practicality we still need and
One thing that
happened as a result of the downturn in the economy was that people were unable
to rely on credit as they had become accustomed to. This was actually a
healthy reality in that, for some, credit became a monetary vortex from which
it was difficult to recover.
In the good
old days, which I regret to admit I remember, there was a practice called
“layaway”. It originated prior to credit cards.
begin thinking about Christmas and gifts in the fall. They would select a
gift at their local jewelry store, and pay an amount of their choosing and
frequency with the goal of retrieving the article just before Christmas.
It was built
into budgets, consciously planned, and excitedly anticipated. And it
avoided the dreaded January credit card statement, which could make the memory
of the holiday sour.
to the jeweler is that they knew what is being sold, had the payments steadily
in hand, and didn’t recognize the sale until completion of the transaction. In
the event the client chose to abandon the layaway, the jewelry the deposit
might have been forfeited.
retro practice would provide a controlled, less stressful, and more enjoyable
approach to the upcoming holiday season.
know, but I’m just saying anyway, your jewelry requires maintenance.
It is really
is your responsibility as a jewelry owner, not the responsibility of your
told, on more than one occasion I have put something in my sonic cleaner for a
client only to find out their diamond was shaken loose by the vibration, and
now living in the bottom of my cleaner.
I try not to
think about what might have been holding it in…
But if that
had happened somewhere other than my cleaner, the diamond would be gone.
down over time, channels become thin.
Settings are not permanent and, may periodically, require rebuilding or
stores will clean and examine your jewelry, for free. They are thrilled to have
you looking at their inventory while they are checking it, hoping you will find
something you can’t live without.
And, if you
do have a security issue, perhaps you will allow them to repair it for you.
advantage once a year to let your jeweler examine it for you, under
magnification. But you also need to keep
an eye on your setting. You may be able
to see if a prong has moved, is missing, or looks thin. If so, get it in right
away to your jeweler to get it checked.
embarrassed to admit that even I, one time, could actually hear my diamond
rocking in the setting…and I was sitting in a movie at the time!