I have a 14K “low nickel” white alloy ring that has a diamond mostly
set into the top. My problem is I screwed up and have too much metal
to move and I fear it has gotten too hard from me banging on it so
much. But the diamond is wiggly still. Can I anneal it a second time
with the diamond in place? It’s a 1/2 ct size VVS2, so big enough to
matter though quite clean. I would heat it to dull cherry red and let
it cool just sitting there on the block but I’ve never torched a
stone before and even though it is a diamond (and don’t they actually
cast rings with stone in place?), I still feel very wary of the idea.
Any thoughts? I’m also a little wary of annealing the white gold a
second time (I hear it’s persnickety that way)… Is there a danger
with too much annealing? I don’t quench the white gold, only let it
cool totally on the block.
Thank you all!