Jan 25

How To Send Ring Pictures to Your Jeweler Effectively

By Calla Gold

one penny wedding ring

Ben Mc Dowell and Jolene Riley, an Afghani Penny and the Finished One Penny Wedding Ring. Finished Through the Mail!

Getting Ring Work Done Through the Mail?

I’ve had the pleasure of working long distance with many clients over the course of my 33 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?

Important Parts of Your Ring

Important Parts of Your Ring

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.

ring picturesAnother important part of your ring’s design is the gallery. Some are simple, some are complicated and some are in between, but your jeweler needs to see the condition it is in.


Views Your Close-up Ring Pictures Should Show

When sending pictures to your jeweler, be sure to include:

Opal Ring side view. ring pictures1. The view looking through the the ring where your finger goes

I call this the gallery view. This is the view that often doesn’t get sent, even though it is the most needed. The image to the left illustrates the thickness for the bottom of the ring.

P1140170 (400x300)2. The side view looking at the design on your ring’s shank

The image to the left 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.

It's Sure Pretty, But Those Tiny Prongs Aren't up to the Task of Daily Wear.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 to the left is pretty, but those tiny prongs aren’t up to the task of daily wear.

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: callagold@gmail.com. That one is best for first time e-mailers with images.

Your Personal Jeweler,

2 thoughts on “How To Send Ring Pictures to Your Jeweler Effectively

  1. Great tips, Calla!! That side gallery view is a good idea. I had a ring made for me and we never talked about that view and truly it was the most boring and uninspired part of my ring. Live and learn right?

    Hopefully this helps you get more non-local business!

    • Hi Alexandra,
      I sympathize with your experience, that area under the main part of the ring can get short shrift in the design steps. Not by me.
      I actually wrote this because I have to tell my out of town clients what views I want from them. And thing bing, the light went off, do a blog post!
      I hope you’re right and even more out of town people find us.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

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