Jewelry & Your Health #1
Each piece of treasured jewelry has a significance to us spiritually, culturally, and emotionally; often with all tied into one piece. In other cases, the piece is somewhat utilitarian to our everyday lives. No matter what the significance of the piece, each wearer must recognize that sometimes these pieces can pose a health danger to us. Since we are not born with jewelry on our bodies, biologically and physiologically our bodies do not recognize these pieces as a part of us, the way our brains do. Ultimately this is what leads to health risks. And now story time.
Every year, when my daughter “graduates” another grade in school, there is a year end awards assembly and classroom recognition; and dutifully every year I attend, usually bringing along some other family member. With each awards assembly, I use that moment to have my daughter wear a traditionally made piece of jewelry her aunt makes (they are Native American and she uses delicate bead and quillwork). Because the pieces are delicate, I don’t send her to school wearing them. Rather when I arrive for the ceremony, I run up to her and remove the daily earrings and put the special earrings in her ears. But this year….now let me start by saying I am the “suck it up” type of mom, yet always at some point I find a situation where that is not the case. I ran up to Julia, and quickly tried to yank out her earrings...the left one wouldn’t come out! So I forcefully pulled out the earring, and the earring back stayed. Moved quickly to the right one, which came out immediately, but that left one...so I looked. Sure enough that puppy had grown into her ear lobe. The “suck it up” mom tried 3 times, but the jeweler in me said, “Holy shit that’s deep in there!” I did make her tear up in front of her classmates, so I had found my boundary. We went through the ceremony, and when my sister-in-law and I could finally get a good look, we knew - it had to be taken out by a medical professional. I will spare you the gory details, but it wasn’t pleasant for her, as you can see by the pictures.
One thing I say to all my clients, whether or not you DO take your jewelry off regularly, you should always have the ability to. My mother never takes her wedding/anniversary set off, but she fidgets with it and can pull it off at any time. I almost never take my diamond studs out, but I always check the backs for security (so the doc said mine wouldn’t have grown in like my daughter’s). My father and I both remove all rings (his one) before we do any physical work. Long story short, always be able to remove at any point any jewelry you are wearing. Because one way or the other, it has to come off. And either I or the fireman can cut your jewelry off your fingers. (Note: I love our firefighters, but they are not as gentle or as dexterous as your jeweler will be #TRUST) I have cut rings off clients, reshaped a cop’s gold band, and had to completely redesign jewelry for a client, because they waited to long to even have their jeweler look at the pieces.
None of this addresses the need to clean your jewelry (that’s another blog post), but please for your personal health, don’t allow emotion or sentiment to dictate when you take your jewelry off. And if you have a physically strenuous job using your hands, or you workout a lot, or anything along those lines, live by these rules: 1. Choose either traditional precious metals (they can be cut off your hand or reshaped by a jeweler. OR 2. Choose the fancy new silicone rings that are made for active people. AND 3. Always remove your jewelry or be able to, or it will affect your health! Love your jewelry, protect your health, and you will have something wonderful to pass down many generations to come!
Uncut & Beautifully Refined
PS Totally wished I could’ve Snapchat-ed the extraction, it was quite interesting…#morbidmom