Here the Prongs are Part of the Ring, Not Separate Heads. This ring design style needs different repair choices than a ring with individual heads as discussed in earlier blogs in this series.
Let's Jump Back into the Fascinating World of Your Ring Prong Re-Tipping Repair Choices
In this installment I'll talk about what to do when there are no heads in your ring design and re-tipping is your only option.
Scenarios Where New Heads are Not an Option
What if there's a lot of damage on your ring? In other words what if many of the prongs are worn down? What if there are no individual heads and the design to set the gems, consists of a grouping of many prongs to hold many gemstones that were created all as one design? Then what do you do?
When Re-Tips Are Your Only Option
Sometimes re-tipping prongs is the only repair option. Cluster rings are an example of this. A cluster style ring has many gemstones set close together and it’s impossible to replace one gemstone's setting.
Many ring designs are decorative in nature and do not lend themselves to simple head settings for holding gemstones. These rings will need re-tipping when their prongs wear with use.
This is a time when the only jewelry repair available is re-tipping of prongs. I have met people who have rings with a missing gemstone that sat for years unfixed. They'd noticed that the other gemstones were in danger and felt that it needed to be replaced, I mean the whole ring! So it sat, un-replaced and unloved, for want of some re-tips. It made me very happy to do those re-tips and get those rings back on their hands.
"How Come Some of My Prongs are Pancaked Flat and Others Are Fine?"
The reason some of your prongs are worn more quickly may be because smaller prongs have a tendency to wear out faster than bigger prongs.
Another reason your prongs wear out unevenly is that the prongs at the top of the ring will wear down faster than more protected lower ones. Top of the ring prongs, just get bumped and rubbed more often.
Prongs on the outer edge of your ring are also vulnerable to wearing down quicker. This means that weirdly, middle prongs can be in great shape, while their neighbors wear down. On rings that are asymmetric in design and always worn a certain way, the prongs closest to your pinky finger normally wear down more quickly.
Knowing Your Choices Makes You a Better Mom to Your Jewelry Family
This is a common repair for gemstone rings. I've explained these types of repairs many times. A lot of people have never been told about their prong repair choices. One of my clients said, "I'm so glad you told me about this. I want to take good care of my babies. You should write it down. This is good information." And so I have.
Do You Want More of This Kind of Information?
If you agree with her, please leave a comment below and let me know. There are other repair details I could share. I'd like to know what you are curious about in the upkeep of your beloved rings.
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