Let’s Jump Back into the Fascinating World of Your Ring Prong Repair Choices
To Re-cap, in Part 4 of this blog series, Ring Disasters, Part 4 Re-Tipping vs. New Head , your Santa Barbara Jeweler talked about replacing your head (pre-made gemstone mounting) instead of re-tipping prongs.
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? 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? 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.
This is a time when the only jewelry repair available is re-tipping of prongs. As much as having no choices on this is frustrating, at least a repair can be done!
“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.
Knowing Your Choices Makes You a Better Mom to Your Jewelry Family
In my Santa Barbara Jewelry repair practice 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.”
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 if you want this type of information.
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