Here is a lovely pair of Victorian double drop earrings. These are simple yet elegant with a hand forged ear wire that has a small ball at the end of it so they don't easily slip off the ear by accident. The caps have a lovely crimped edge gold caps that sit snug on the end of each bead. The jade bead graduates down to a smaller white coral bead drop. They have a lovely feel and beautiful motion when worn. These were most likely Victorian mourning earrings and came to me with weaved hair between the gold caps. The hair was damaged and replaced with the yellow jade bead from my collection of loose beads to recycle. A gold wire reinforces the gold caps and connects it to the white coral bead that drops below.
Gemstone: Yellow Jade
Fully drilled bead
White Coral fully drilled bead 5.6 mm
Dimensions: 33 mm long x 8.6 mm wide
Metal: 14k yellow gold
Weight: 3.5 grams
Condition Rating: 7 (removed hair and added yellow jade bead in its place, some debris shows in the white coral where the gold wire enters)
Victorian Jade Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold / White Coral and Jade 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.