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The Case of the Missing Diamond — Carrie’s Story of a Ring Replication

By Calla Gold

Ten Years Without Her Wedding Ring

ring replication needed for worn out ring

How Did Carrie’s Wedding Ring End Up Like This?

Can you imagine going 10 years of your marriage without wearing your wedding ring? Carrie thought that she was ready to give hers up for good after a near disaster at her son’s school.

I first met Carrie when she asked if I could re-engrave the fading pattern on her inherited wedding band, which had belonged to her grandmother. I was of course happy to help!

White gold engraved wedding band

Carrie’s Wedding Band After its Engraving was Restored

She showed me the wedding band and asked how long it would take to finish the re-engraving – “My husband won’t like me walking around looking like a bachelorette for too long, you know!” I laughed with her, but was surprised when she added, “My other ring’s unsafe, so I haven’t worn it in a while.”
“How long?” I asked.
“Oh, about a decade now.”
Wow! I had to hear the story on that one!

It's All Fun and Games Until a Diamond Goes Missing

It’s All Fun and Games Until a Diamond Goes Missing

Sand, Diamonds and Rocks, Oh My!

Carrie had been enjoying her morning doing what she loved most – playing and learning with her 3-year-old son, Luke. They were enrolled in the Lou Grant Parent-Child Workshop, and this particular morning session had them outside in the sand, building castles and drawing in the soft ground.

As Luke and his classmates developed their motor-skills, Carrie and the parents did their best to keep sand out of their children’s mouths and eyes.

When Disaster Strikes Your Jewelry

Luke was hard at work shaping the third tower of his sand fortress, and Carrie was helping by bringing him dense wet sand to build with. Reaching deep into the ground, she heard a muffled *clink* and felt a sharp jab of pain shoot through her finger – the excavator had hit a rock!

Carrie shook her aching hand and let loose a stream of G-rated expletives – “Oh, nuts! That hurt like a biscuit!” As she looked over her hand to survey the damage, she quickly forgot about any pain she had felt – her ring setting was cracked in half and the diamond was missing!

A Real Treasure Hunt

This Cheap Toy Was the Perfect Tool for Finding an Expensive Diamond

This Cheap Toy Was the Perfect Tool for Finding an Expensive Diamond

The children’s instructor learned what had happened and announced that she had an exciting new game for everyone to play – Treasure Hunter! The children and parents were each given a sand sifter and assigned different plots of land to search.

After several stressful minutes of false-alarms and tired children asking to play a different game, one of Luke’s classmates proudly shouted that he’d found something sparkly – Carrie’s diamond!

It’s Safe Now! And Sad, No Doubt

After that scare, Carrie decided to store the diamond and her cracked wedding ring in her safe. There they sat untouched for 10 years.

When Carrie first showed me the wedding ring, it was immediately clear that the original was beyond saving. Beside the cracked setting, the ring’s already slender, delicate design had been worn dangerously thin. Every part of the ring was visibly worn and aged.

Ring replication, CAD of replica ring

Many of My Ring Designs Begin With a Virtual Model.

If You Can’t Fix It and You Love It, What Can You Do?

What I offered to do for Carrie instead was a ring replication with a tiny redesign. I suggested that we recreate the original design that she really loved, using the broken ring for reference, but make the new ring a bit thicker.

To widen the design, I added a line of tiny diamonds in the center. Carrie’s new ring was a replica of the original with subtle changes made to improve the design’s aesthetics and longevity.

Happy Memories Flow Again When You Go With Ring Replication

Carrie Loved the Finished Product!

Ring Replication Brought Back the Memories and Carrie’s Smile

Carrie loved it! Happy memories were brought back and more than a few tears.

Do you have a beloved piece of jewelry that you love but can’t wear? Don’t hide it away! Even if your piece of jewelry is beyond repair, maybe it can be replicated or redesigned. Remember my motto: Wear it, don’t warehouse it!

Replicating Jeweler,
Calla Gold

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4 Responses to “The Case of the Missing Diamond — Carrie’s Story of a Ring Replication”

Lisa Darsonval November 30th, 2015 at 10:01 pm


Wow, 10 years?!
Could you tell me a bit about your design process? Do you start your designs on the computer or with pen and paper first?
However you did it, the replica is stunning!

Calla Gold December 3rd, 2015 at 7:08 am


Hi Lisa,
I usually start with a drawing on paper. From there I decide whether to have the design wax carved or done in CAD. I talk about wax options in this post:
http://www.callagold.com/santa-barbara-jewelry-design/wax-carving-explained-in-jewelry-design-the-three-types-of-wax-model-making-for-jewelry/
Once the wax is completed the ring design is cast in the chosen metal, then the first polish is done to prepare it for gemstone setting, the gems are set, then another polish is done. If there is engraving or textural work to be done it is often done at this point. Some designs have more steps because more techniques are used to achieve the look we seek.
I talk about all the steps in my “Sixteen Steps of Jewelry Design” post:
http://www.callagold.com/santa-barbara-jewelry-design/the-sixteen-steps-to-your-custom-jewelry-design/
I just loved working on Carrie’s ring project, it was such a happy project.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

The Goddard Company December 1st, 2015 at 10:04 am


Oh my! I can’t imagine going 10 years without my ring. That is truly tragic. I can see why she was so emotional to finally get her new and improved ring returned to her!

Calla Gold December 3rd, 2015 at 7:09 am


Hi Alexandra,
Your visualization is perfect. She was so happy. I don’t think any piece of broken jewelry will get the ten year treatment from here on out.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

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