Here is a sweet pair of handmade Etruscan Revival earrings. These earrings are made with a technique called granulation. 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 in 9k yellow gold.
Gemstones: Persian Turquoise and Chrysoprase
Measurements: 8 @ 1.3 mm
Dimensions: 9 mm ball / 1" drop
Metal: 9k Yellow Gold
Weight: 2.9 grams
Condition Rating: 7 (I purchased these with a missing turquoise and a chrysoprase in place of a turquoise, the missing turquoise has been replaced and I left the chyrosprase as is, abrasion and wear shows on stones)
Victorian Etruscan Revival 9k Gold Granulated Bead Drop Earrings with Turquoise
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.