Rings fall in garbage disposals. I know it seems like a death sentence for your ring, but it may not be.
In this blog I focus on Stephanie’s ring because it talks about damaged metal and inlay, a setting style. This project was a real double whammy.
I’ve run into about 25 clients who’ve had rings go down the garbage disposal. So I decided to blog about this success story.
I also have added a couple more examples.
Stephanie’s Story of her Disaster and Lapis Inlay Ring Repair
Stephanie was just wondering where her lapis ring was when she heard the garbage disposal turn on and heard the horrible sound of a spoon or something grinding in it.
This was the story she told me, when I asked if she had any unworking or unwearable jewelry in her jewelry box.
“Turn that off!” she had yelled to her husband.
Like the crazy insane brave guy that he was, he just reached in and started feeling around in the disposal. Hadn’t he ever seen the horror movies with the guy who ends up with a stump for reaching into the possessed garbage disposal?
Evidently not. Out his hand came with one very sorry looking ring. Stephanie now remembered taking off her ring the day before, when scrubbing out her big pasta pot.
“Oh no. I loved that ring.” She rinsed it off and dried it and put it sadly into her jewelry box.
Don’t Give up on Your Garbage Disposal Eaten Inlay Ring
Stephanie thought it was hopeless to consider that it could be fixed.
I really wanted to fix this ring for her.
We added gold to the gouged edges of Stephanie’s ring.
Then I had my Lapidary (stone and gem cutters) cut a new piece of Lapis Lazuli for her newly rebuilt inlay setting.
Miana’s Wide Lovely Ring and the Horrible Ugly Trip Through the Garbage Disposal
I will never question how it happens that someone’s ring falls into a garbage disposal. Rings fall into all kinds of places.
Miana’s wide beauty of a ring just had to join the party on this post to show how a ring that looks, ‘just done’ can live again.
The work we did was: re-rounding, adding gold to deep divots, re-polishing and then adding oxidation.
When someone wears a ring daily, having it get messed up like this is traumatic.
My favorite thing about working on garbage-disposaled rings is how happy people are when it’s fixed.
What Happens to Gemstones in Garbage Disposals?
Jason Deshotels a jeweler friend just got this poor ring in. As you can see the metal takes a huge beating. Interestingly the diamond though slightly chipped came through amazingly well. I have seen this more than once, where other colored gemstones will be pulverized and the diamonds bounce around, but don’t get destroyed.
What’s the Takeaway Message Here About Inlay Ring Repair?
Do you have a ring that’s been through a garbage disposal? Now you know who to call for inlay ring repair. Or chewed up ring repair. Like body work on your car after a crash, I do body work for your jewelry!
Peter’s Sorry Wedding Band Reborn
Peter found me online thanks to this blog post.
He writes a great comment and shares his before and after pictures. Here’s an excerpt –
“I emailed you from my home in Maryland and you responded quickly and I ended up sending my bent, mangled and dinged garbage disposalled ring to you.
That ring means a lot to me. My wife and I paid for matching rings with a box of rolled coins we had saved over the years in graduate school. I didn’t want a new ring-I WANTED THAT RING!
I just got it back and you definitely are the garbage-disposalled ring queen! Thank you for making my ring whole again.”
Your “Garbage Disposalled Ring Queen” Jeweler,