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  1. madphoto.com
    February 29, 2012

    Calla Gold Jewelry is the best Jeweler for antique jewelry restoration. That is where I went when my antique ring had faded beauty. Now it’s stylish and usable again.
    madphoto.com

    • Calla Gold
      February 29, 2012

      Madeleine,
      Thank you for the shout out about antique jewelry restoration. Your ring does really rock now.
      Calla Gold

  2. KymberlyFunFit
    March 1, 2012

    Calla: For how long can Taren expect to wear her restored ring? And what kinds of activities wear down a ring the most?

    • Calla Gold
      March 1, 2012

      Thanks for your good questions Kymberly. Taren can expect her ring to do pretty well for the first ten years. Ten years is when rings usually begin it break down a bit from daily wear depending on their setting style. Your ring which you’ve worn for around 30 years is amazing! The bezel settings are deep and strong and my hat is off to your old Jeweler who made your ring.
      As to the activities that cause more wear, we frequently don’t know what we were doing when we knocked out that diamond or broke off that prong. I’m big on having your ring checked regularly rather than take it off all the time to protect it.
      If I were to say when not to wear it, I’d say rock climbing, backpacking, maybe horsebackriding. No wait I’m naming all my favorite activities. And for the record I wore my wedding ring rock climbing last spring. I’m the girl that wants to wear her jewelry and I’d rather fix it than pamper it.
      You’ll never get a lecture from me about being too hard on your jewelry. That said, gardening, file cabinets and things where your hands are near hard objects are a danger to your ring.
      Calla Gold

  3. Jackie Ruka
    March 1, 2012

    What a beautiful difference you made to this antique beauty. Calla Gold Jewelry, you take such love and care with your projects. I had no idea the special mechanics involved in antique ring restoration. So interesting! Thanks Calla for a great article!

    • Calla Gold
      March 1, 2012

      Jackie, Thanks for visiting and digging the steps to antique ring restoration. I must say they don’t make ‘em like they used to. The detail on this antique ring was so amazing.
      Like re-engraving the little flower details on the side. Back in its day it was hand engraved like we did now. There were so many tiny marvels to see as I got to know that wonderful ring.

  4. John
    March 19, 2012

    Hello Calla Gold Jewelry. Nice rehabilitation of the antique diamond ring. I’ve also read your blog on rhodium plating and have this to say:
    I just wanted to say that yellow gold rings could be plated with white gold. However, most white gold jewelry is plated with rhodium a member of the platinum family to achieve that shiny white finish we all so love in the jewelry store window.
    White gold is actually a grayish color.The plating process is simple and relatively inexpensive. However, the plating will wear off and you will need to replate the ring relatively often, if you wear it daily. Plating is considered a temporary finish for jewelry. It must be maintained.
    Any spot that the rhodium plating is wearing off on a yellow gold ring will be very apparent because of the the color contrast.If you have your heart set on a particular style of ring in white gold and it is no longer being made because the company has gone out of business, I would find a jeweler who does custom work and would be willing to make the ring in white gold for you.
    John

    • Calla Gold
      March 22, 2012

      John,
      Thanks for writing! You seem to know a lot about the lesser known details in jewelry making. Thanks for stopping by.
      Calla Gold

  5. Executive Coach
    March 30, 2012

    I too had a similar situation with some even more complicating details with my heirloom ring and Calla Gold Jewelry solved them all. No problem is too big a challenge for Calla and I love her for that!
    Appreciatively,
    Lynn
    Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
    http://www.lynnkjones.com

    • Calla Gold
      March 30, 2012

      Dr. Lynn,
      I appreciate you for mentioning your wonderful Antique Heirloom ring that you had me restore. It’s one thing to talk about restoring antique jewelry and quite another to have someone I’ve done it for give me a shout out for it.
      Thank you,
      Calla Gold

  6. Loose diamond
    May 8, 2012

    Very good posts and pictures on your Calla Gold Jewelry website. I haven’t come across such a good website for a really long time. Keep up the good work.

    • Calla Gold
      May 10, 2012

      Hi Flo,
      Thanks for visiting. Since you visited my antique rings and antique diamonds blog post, I’m guessing you like vintage looking jewelry.
      Since it’s hard to know what size her fingers might be, you might get your mom some nice earrings.
      Or a pendant with a meaningful symbol that she’s love to get from you like a heart or an angel. You are probably her little angel.
      Good luck in selecting the right loving jewelry for your mom.
      Calla Gold

  7. Joseph
    July 14, 2013

    Restoring a diamond ring carefully is a daunting task. Thanks to Calla Gold for making us aware of some useful tips to restore our precious diamond rings.

    • Calla Gold
      August 24, 2013

      Hi Joseph,
      I appreciate your enjoyment of the tips I shared. There is nothing like the fun feeling you get with revealing how great an antique ring looks after it has been restored to its former beauty and unique period detail.
      Calla Gold

  8. Martha
    October 29, 2013

    Jeweler Gold,
    I’m impressed, I need to say. Honestly rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining. Let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your thoughts on re-using older diamonds and antique diamonds are outstanding. This is a topic that I have done a bit of searching online about. I don’t need a new diamond, but my grandma’s ring is not ready for prime time.
    I’m rather pleased that I stumbled across this in my search for some thing relating to this.
    Martha

    • Calla Gold
      October 31, 2013

      Martha,
      Thanks for coming by. I hope you are about to repair or restore your grandma’s ring and wear it feeling the love she had for you.
      Calla Gold

  9. charlotte beaird
    May 1, 2014

    Does restoring an antique platinum diamond ring decrease the value of it? I am not selling. Just afraid if I change it, it will not be as valuable as the original when my grandchild inherits it from me. Just wondering?
    Thanks

    • Calla Gold
      May 2, 2014

      Charlotte,
      I very much appreciate your question. There are signed designer pieces of jewelry that can be negatively effected by change or poorly done repairs. However, the vast majority of our rings are not made by known designers. An antique ring must be over 100 years old to be classified as “antique”. Most peoples rings are not actually that old.
      An appraiser would be the one who would know best whether your particular ring would be devalued by the work to be done on it.
      In my own experience working with older rings, they have been worn quite a bit and are in danger of being damaged, cracked or losing gemstones if they are put into regular rotation wear without repair or restoration to build up the weak parts and fix up worn down prongs.
      I’m a believer that the most important thing to do is to make the ring beautiful, strong and capable of being worn and enjoyed. The ring’s value to me is in being worn and seen and loved. Some people try to preserve a ring by leaving it in the safe deposit box. Years later a lawyer hands it over to niece Kelly. Kelly has never seen it before and doesn’t realize or remember that it belonged to her great aunt and in a financial crunch might pawn it or something. If she’d seen you wear it, because you’d restored it for safe wear and heard the stories of her great aunt, she’d have cherished it when it came to her and worn it with love and a feeling of family connectedness.
      To me that is the proper thing to do. Restore it, wear it, tell great stories of who wore it before you and let Kelly know it is destined for her and she’ll anticipate it and love it when she receives it.
      Rings cannot go on forever, they wear down, break down, lose diamonds and lose the details of their engraving. That all needs to be addressed by someone knowledgeable about the time period the ring was made in.
      These are my opinions on restoring older rings.
      Antique Ring Restoring Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

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