Here is an extraordinary pair of handmade Etruscan Revival earrings.
These earrings are made with a technique called granulation and have a rich gold wash that gives it the appearance of a higher karat gold.
This technique using beads was used first in ancient Greece and has been repeated through the centuries.
These are a lovely pair of antique Victorian earrings that have were handmade of hollow construction in 14k yellow gold and adorned with natural turquoise. They are in exceptional condition with minimal signs of wear except for 1 chipped turquoise. The patina has been left as you see it.
Gemstones: Persian Turquoise and Green Turquoise
Measurements: 30 @ 1.5-1.6 mm
Cut: round cabochons
Dimensions: 28 x 13.5 mm 12.5 mm bead
Metal: 14k Yellow Gold
Weight: 4.7 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (1 turquoise is chipped)
Victorian Etruscan Revival 14k Yellow Gold Granulated Bead Drop Earrings
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.