What to Do When You Lose a Diamond Earring
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The realization of losing a special piece of jewelry can make your heart sink. Most of us have been there—you absentmindedly touch your wrist or your earlobe to toy with your jewelry, but you feel nothing where there should definitely be something!
This situation may be particularly frustrating if you’ve lost one earring. You’re left with a single earring with no mate. Now you're bummed, and your earring is lonely. There is a silver lining, however—especially if you’re working with a diamond stud earring. There are a few things you can do to recreate the beloved pair or repurpose the remaining stone.
If you’re set on wearing diamond post earrings…
- If you know the makers of the earrings, contact their shop and explain your situation. Some places may be able to, for a cost, provide you with a single earring to match the original design.
- In some cases, you may not know the original jeweler, especially if the earrings are vintage or secondhand. If this is the case—or if the original jeweler will not sell you a single earring, seek out a jeweler who will match the remaining stud for you. As always, be sure to do your research: read reviews and visit the shop in person (if possible). You want to make sure you’re dealing with a trustworthy business.
- If neither of these options works, it may be possible to purchase a complete set of diamond studs that are nearly identical to your original set. Having three earrings means that you will have an extra earring for insurance in case you lose another stud (knock on wood!).
If you’re willing to get creative…
The following options are ideal if the remaining diamond stud was part of a set that had sentimental value for you. It also helps if you know a good jeweler who is eager to help manifest your creative vision for the stone.
Ask your jeweler to set the diamond in a prong or bezel pendant setting, so you can wear the stone on a simple chain around your neck. The pendant option also makes a lovely gift for someone special.
- The stone could also be placed in a ring setting. Even tiny stones can find a pretty home in a ring.
A diamond can be placed in a pendant setting and worn on a necklace.
If you have a tendency to lose your earrings, try adopting the following habits:
To ensure that earrings don’t fall out of your ears while you’re wearing them, use two different kinds of earring backs. You can follow the original standard metal back with a clear, rubber back like one of these.
- To make sure that you don’t lose your earrings when you’re not wearing them, always put them back in the same place, preferably a secure jewelry box. As tempting as it may be to crawl into bed and leave them on the nightstand, this is a recipe for a lost earring! Why not place a little jewelry box on your nightstand for convenience and security sake? Finally, whatever you do, don’t remove your jewelry near a sink—this is not a fun lesson to learn the hard way.
Do you have any ideas for repurposing a single diamond post?
Photos: Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry
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