was surprised to find nobody local who can set these stones.
Many local jewelers are afraid to even size or clean these rings.
Opportunity is knocking!
Opportunity perhaps, or just as likely, a royal pain in the rear.
not you, of course, just the whole bit about invisible setting. Even
those of use who know how to do it, might not always wish to do it.
I've done some of it, but now refuse such work. Just not worth the
trouble that can ensue. The thing with invisible setting is that
even when perfectly done, the amount of metal that is holding the
stones is very very small, and any deformation of that metal, such as
may easily occur if someone tries to size the ring, or just knocks
it around in wear (which causes the stone itself to push the metal
around), can lead to the stones becoming loose or falling out.
Single rows of invisible set stones might be OK, but much to much of
this work features multiple rows, and that stuff can be virtually
impossible to service once it's damaged. It's about the only class
of diamond setting which sometimes can only be realistically
tightened (loose stones) via the use of (ugh) super glue. If it's
really really well done work, problems may not occur, but far too much
of such work that is out there these days just is not done well
enough to last as long as good ewelry should last. In general, I've
found that those repair jewelers who are willing to take in invisible
set work for repair, either do it totally at the customers risk with
the understanding that it might come back in unrepairable pieces, or
they are the folks who're new enough at this work that they don't
yet realize just how fragile such work sometimes is. Problems with
invisible set stones are far more common than with any other type of
setting work, in my experience, and those problems are a lot harder
to fix, if even possible. Rings often simply cannot be sized, and
if a stone does fall out and become lost, then you've got a major
hassle just trying to find an exact replacement, since unlike other
types of work, the replacements do have to be pretty much exactly
sized. And even then, it's not always even possible to reset a new
stone securely. Even with a laser welder handy... I don't know about
everyone else, but i sure don't need that kind of headache, and
generally get somewhat energetic about trying to talk customers out
of buying such work, in favor of other more traditional styles of
setting that are more durable and servicable.