A friend has a client who wants a bronze wedding ring. The man
requested this not knowing it would turn his finger green. What are
Well, I don’t want to be a smartass, but…shouldn’t the first
option be to inform him about the material?
And, (same disclaimer) isn’t 10K pretty close to bronze anyhow? Or
Sincerely, I would encourage her to have further conversation with
the client about the matter. We are the metal experts, not them. It
is our job to help them get what they will be happy with, in the end.
A bronze ring may not be the way to go, with this in mind. Why does
he want bronze? Maybe he hates gold, and doesn’t realize that there
are other options. He should be fully informed about the metals that
he might choose. Then, if he still wants to make an unorthidox
choice, he will at least know what to expect, and she will not be in
the position of being asked to take back the ring because it turns
his finger green. I think that friends and family will give him no
end of grief if he walks around with a smudgy dirty finger inside his
wedding ring, and call him a cheapskate, and question his choice. It
is a social no-no to be radically cheap about a wedding ring, and I
think it will come back to him and make him unhappy with it. Even if
the ring is a nice artistic creation, and not very cheap, the smudge
on the finger is a social embarrassment, in the end. I wouldn’t do it
in bronze unless he is a bronze sculptor, or something, and is just
crazy about the metal.
M’lou Brubaker, Jeweler