Sorry folks. This is clean!
Son #1 is a contractor by trade. He has his own business. If he had to, he could build a house all by himself. That is his first love. But his two brothers-in-laws are both jewelers. As a result he has learned a second trade on the side during the past 30 years. When folks turn in the jewelry to sell, he removes the stones, cleans the jewelry, and does a lot of odd jobs around the store. He is also their computer whiz. Takes care of the cameras and other security computer stuff. Over the years he has become quite proficient and knowledgeable in the jewelry business. The only thing is he is not licensed as a purveyor of gold and other precious metals and stones. A requirement of the Federal Government. And he has no desire to get a license either.
I wish you could see him in his regular work clothes. Dirty old painters overalls, and a pocketful of $$$$ of gold and jewels. He takes them in town to the jewelers building for repairs. Long hair, scruffy beard, and the last person you would expect to see walk into that building. He stuffs everything in a brown paper bag and stuffs it way down into one of his pockets.
I have an aquamarine ring (or I did have) that I have always hated. I love the stone itself, but would rather have a sapphire. This ring is almost impossible to clean. The main stone sits in a solid basket and even with steam cleaning it is hard for the jeweler to get clean. There are two aquamarine stones on the sides. I gave him the ring to clean (AGAIN). It is impossible to keep it clean. Somewhere between here and there, he lost the ring. No big loss to me. So the next time someone brings in a white gold, size seven ring to sell, he will hunt through their cache of sapphires and replace the stone that is in the ring. If there are any side stones, that will be a bonus. I get a ring that I will love and who knows. Maybe the aquamarine one will show up yet. If it does, I will sell the ring for the gold. They can keep the stones.
Aquamarines are more expensive than sapphires or emeralds. They belong to the emerald family. They can be soft and crack or chip easily. I have had more problems with this ring. Whoever finds it, good luck to them. I already have an aquamarine ring that I love. And it is so easy to clean. It is my birthstone.