Getting ring work done through the mail? I’ve had the pleasure of working long distance with many clients over the course of my 36 year career as a professional jeweler. Naturally, working on jewelry from a distance can pose certain challenges. That’s why I decided to write this blog post on photographing your jewelry, so that you and your jeweler can communicate more effectively!
(For Ben and Jolene’s story of romance, determination, and long distance jewelry work, check out my blog here!)
Which Parts of a Ring Will Your Jeweler Need to See in Pictures?
Knowing the parts of the ring helps you and your jeweler communicate. The most basic part is the top portion of the design, known as the crown.
The next part your jeweler wants to inspect is the shank, which people often refer to as the band.
The Three Views Your Close-up Ring Pictures Should Show
When sending pictures to your jeweler, be sure to include:
1. The view looking through the the ring where your finger goes
This is the gallery view. This is the view that often doesn’t get sent, even though it is the most needed. The image above illustrates the thickness for the bottom of the ring.
2. The side view looking at the design on your ring’s shank
The image above shows the prongs and details needed to see how the ring has been wearing over the years and if any repair work will be needed as part of any project.
3. The view looking at the crown portion of the design of your ring
Get nice and close to your ring, take a number of pictures and pick the one with the best focus. The ring above is pretty, but those tiny prongs aren’t up to the task of daily wear.
Getting Those Ring Pictures Close Up and in Focus
If you need a hint on how to get good focused pictures with your cell phone, here ya go. Use diffuse bright lighting, near a window, but not with glary light. More in this article on photographing jewelry with cell phones.
If you use a paper bag, you’ll find that the browny-tan color helps your camera truly show color.
This works much better for me than black or white backgrounds. Sounds weird but it works. Rather than put your camera really close to your piece of jewelry, use your zoom function.
You’ll get a tighter focus that way. I like to look at the details. This poor ring above did get fixed. Read about its restoration.
If You Are Emailing Me Ring Pictures…
I may have sent the link to this post to you to inform you what I need in pictures from you. If so please email me ring pictures at this email: email@example.com. That one is best for first time e-mailers with images.
Your Personal Jeweler,