Do you have a lackluster or faded gemstone? Chipped or cracked gemstone? Sad looking gemstone? That’s not right. And you’re probably avoiding wearing it because it doesn’t look like it should!
As a busy gem fixing jeweler I’ve had the opportunity to work on some fun projects, that led to great before and after pictures. I’ve used these pictures again and again to inspire changes for the better for my clients. Now I want to inspire you. Change, fix or re-polish your gems!
Faded Gemstones Video
I got so excited I did a video on faded gemstones, cracked gemstones and garbage disposaled gemstones.
Gems That Fade
Over time, some gemstones lose their vividness of color. Quartz family gems are especially vulnerable to this problem.
Rose quartz exposed to sunlight can lose its pinkness fairly quickly. Morganite and Kunzite are often referred to as “evening gems” as their colors are delicate and sparkly and look good at night. Worn in daylight, however, they can slowly fade. Amethyst can also lose its color but is more stable than rose quartz. More on this.
Replace Old and Faded Gemstones
One day, a client of mine, showed me a nice, inherited amethyst ring from her grandma. “I remember her wearing it all the time, partly because she had large hands like me,” Alison told me that afternoon. “But even after having it sized, I’m still not wearing it.”
I pointed out that the color of the gem was a bit drab and that it had probably faded over the years. “But I could never replace it,” Alison said. “I love the sweepy design. It totally reminds me of her.”
I explained more about how amethysts can lose their color over the years. “You know,” I said. “I could put in a bright, new amethyst that would probably look just like your grandma’s when she first chose the ring.”
“Well…when you put it like that…” Alison said. “Let’s do it. I really do want to wear this ring.”
She was over the moon when I presented her with her grandma’s ring with a big, new, brilliant amethyst in the center. The difference was spectacular. “This baby’s not living in the bottom of my jewelry box anymore!” she exclaimed.
Replacing old, scratched, and faded gemstones is easier than you think and can make a huge difference in your jewelry.
Scratched or Dirty Looking Gemstones
My client Carol thought her green gem was just dirty. When I looked under magnification I saw it wasn’t dirt dulling that beautiful gem, it was scratches that robbed it of its beauty. Once we refaceted her Tsavorite, and polished up her ring, it looked incredible again.
A gemstone with sharp facets can turn an old and dull ring into a new, bright and fun ring that you’d be proud to wear.
Stacy’s Beloved Rings From Her Gran
Thanks to a mutual friend Stacy knew to call me about her not so shiny gem-y rings. They had been loved and worn by first her gran, then by her. It was time for sure for some re-faceting.
Doing this kind of work is a treat. I love how awesome these rings look on Stacy. She’s never gotten to wear them all perfect and shiny before. Yay, beautiful gems.
Just because I can’t get over how awesome it was to see these refurbished rings on Stacy I had to show them on her hands.
Marra’s Over-loved Cabochon Cut Amethyst Ring
Marra loved this ring. Her only problem she told me was that she couldn’t clean it up to the way it used to look. “There’s like a film or something dulling it.” She explained to me. When I inspected her gemstone, I had to tell her, that’s not a film, it’s a network of scratches. I’d need to re-polish it.
The next time you think your gemstone is dirty, look under magnification. It may need to be polished or re-faceted.
Some Gems Scratch up More Easily Than Others
Tsavorite is a funny gemstone. It is strong. You can bang it around and it won’t easily crack. However it will scratch fairly easily. Here’s a man’s ring with a great example of the scratched tsavorite before and after re-polishing. It comes back full of life and fire.
Tansy’s Scratched Tanzanite
When Tansy wore her ring daily she had no idea that she could badly scratch her beloved Tanzanite. She had not been told when she bought it that tanzanite wasn’t a great everyday gemstone. It’s a bit delicate and Tansy’s life was anything but.
Tansy got the tanzanite ring because it is as she calls it, “my tansy ring.” I encouraged her not to wear it daily. But she probably will. And that’s cool. Now we know how to keep it looking amazing.
Deborah’s Chipped Sapphire
It was time for a re-design, but when we removed her sapphire from its bezel setting we found what that bezel was hiding. Hmmm.
We’d been planning her redesign to include a prong setting for her sapphire. However, re-cutting her sapphire would have sacrificed size. We decided to just buff the top facets and let the side chips alone. We went back to the bezel setting. And it worked out great!
Go Through Your Jewelry Box
Go through your jewelry box and see if there are any rings or pendants whose color isn’t making you want to grab it and put it on. Or if one of your gems looks tired or just done.
Now visualize this piece of jewelry with a vibrant new gemstone in it. Ok? Now call your favorite jeweler! It’s time for a little jewelry rescue!