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How Much to Size my Ring – With Scratched and Dull Gems?

Scratched and dull amethyst gemstone

This Amethyst is Dull Because of Facet Junction Abrasions

Sometimes sizing your ring leads to a bit more work. A ring needing repair may look a bit dull and you are looking forward to getting it properly cleaned by your jeweler. But that gemstone may not just be dirty.

I usually see my client’s rings when they need to be sized. I thank the lucky stars that their rings needed to be sized, because that gives me a chance to spot diamonds that are about to fall out, prongs about to let go, little cracks threatening to become bigger cracks and gems that have gotten scratched.

In this post I shed light on what to expect when budgeting for ring sizing and repair costs with scratched and dull gems. Keep in mind that different jewelers charge differently and have different labor and location costs. I am an individual jeweler in Santa Barbara and my example repairs will be different from your own.

Job #1 – 14kt Gold Bezel Set Amethyst Ring. Cost to Size $155.00

Daily Wear and Love Caused the Dull look and Scratching of This Amethyst.

Daily Wear and Love Caused the Dulling and Scratching of This Amethyst.

I visited my client to size her amethyst ring one size larger. I pointed out how dull the amethyst was. She said, “I wear it everyday! I love this ring. It’s just dirty right?”

We had to struggle to get it off her hand since her finger size had increased. I brought my ring saw in case I had to saw it off, but we managed with soap and water and twisting to remove it.

Yay!

Since the back of the ring was fairly thin, the sizing itself was only $60.00. However daily wear had taken its toll on the surface of her amethyst and rendered it completely dull. She had two choices, 1. have it polished in its setting or 2. have it removed from the bezel, fully polished and re-set.

Sized and Gem Polished

Sized and Gem Polished Amethyst

Full disclosure time. I forgot to photograph this ring when I completed the job, so the after picture is amazingly enough another amethyst ring I sized and polished. Just to be slightly confusing, the after picture is of a gemstone that was removed from the bezel and reset after polishing. The removal and resetting cost of the second ring was $45.00. For the purposes of my story here I’m not including that cost.

The cost to polish in-the-setting this amethyst (pictured as the before ring) was $95.00.

Job #2 – 18kt Gold Bezel Set Tsavorite and Diamond Ring. Cost to Size $410.00

Scratched tsavorite gem in bezel setting that looks dull

Tsavorite Gem After Heavy Daily Wear Looks Dull.

My client Carol said, “This needs to be sized up and I just can’t get this to look clean!” When I looked under my magnifying loupe, I saw that her tsavorite was scratched and would never sparkle until the facets were re-buffed. I showed her the magnified truth and she said, “do it.”

Tsavorite ring with missing diamond

Before Any Work Was Done

We were also going to replace two side diamonds that were missing. This sizing turned into what I call a ‘mid-life tune-up.’ Rings that need sizing just sometimes end up needing a lot more.

We beefed up the channel holding the two diamonds on each side as each side had let go of one of her diamonds.

Diamond Replaced and Channel Fixed

Diamond Replaced and Channel Fixed

Here is a breakdown of all of her work and why it was needed. Her gem needed to be removed from its bezel setting to be polished and the setting needed some gold added once her gem was re-set into it.

What a Difference Polishing a Scratched Gemstone Makes

What a Difference Polishing a Scratched Gemstone Makes

Polished gem: $125.00
Bezel work and un-setting and re-setting her tsavorite gem: $95.00
Replace two small diamonds: $50.00
Ring sized one size larger: $70.00
Channel work where diamonds fell out and other labor: $70.00

Before and After Gem Polishing and Replacing

Two amethyst gems. One is faded and the other is bright purple

Alison’s Old Amethyst with it’s Faded Color and Her New One!

This inherited amethyst had faded and we replaced it with a nice vivid one. I’m not including pricing as I don’t have that data to hand. I wanted to show you what a nice difference that made.

Dull scratched gem before and after re-cutting

The Incredible Difference When a Damaged Gemstone is Re-Cut

This green tsavorite gemstone was in my client’s ring when he took a fall. What a difference re-cutting his gemstone made.

Chipped and Scratched oval blue Sapphire

Chipped and Scratched Sapphire

Deborah wanted to redesign her wedding ring. As part of the process we needed to re-polish her oval sapphire. We wanted it to look like the star it is.

Deborah’s Finished Wedding Ring

The cost of the re-polishing and re-faceting of her sapphire was $185.00. In the new design it gleams most wonderously.

Big chip on edge of sapphire

Hilary and the Big Sapphire Chip

Hilary bought this beautiful vintage sapphire and platinum ring. Because her knuckles are enlarged, it was flipping around. And it got a pretty bad chip on the sapphire which broke her heart.

Side view of vintage ring with CLIQ hinging shank

View of re-cut sapphire and hinge shank

I re-cut her sapphire and buffed the top facets lightly,  $145.00, and put on a platinum CLIQ shank that hinges open and shut. This will keep her beautiful sapphire face up and safe. It was a happy ending.

Polishing your gemstones makes a tremendous difference in the look of your gemstone rings.

Your Ring Sizing Jeweler,

Calla

 

 

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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As always, thank you for educating us about what goes into the cost of having work done on our rings. There is so much that most of us would have no idea to even look for, that if done, would make a big difference in our enjoyment of our jewelry.

Linda

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Thank you for giving us an idea of costs for resizing rings with polishing jewels. I can see that here is so much fine detailed work involved for you in resizing. I appreciate your care and ongoing efforts to make each piece magnificent for your clients.

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Hey Calla, great article! I found it to be very informative. The way you were able to transform those rings with polishing, repairs, and gemstone replacement is incredible.

-Joseph

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