Colored Stone magazine has asked me to do an article about repair
problems when working with colored stones. I know about a lot of the
biggest ones: emerald’s sensitivity to heat, or opal’s tendency to
break in prong settings, for example. But I’d like to delve beyond
the basics and offer Colored Stone’s readers not just the usual
warnings, but some do’s and don’ts for a variety of And
that’s why I’m turning to you guys.
What are the repair jobs that you dread seeing come across your
bench? The one that you just know are going to be trouble? What
styles do you see retailers selling that you know are going to be
back on your bench in no time? And what repairs are difficult, but
not impossible, if you have the right equipment and skill? If you do
custom designs for retailers, what do they need to realize about the
stones they select that might limit the designs you can technically
In short, what would you most like to tell retailers about repairing
jewelry set with colored stones, so that they can do a better job
selling those stones - and leaving customers happy with their
purchases as the years go by?
Please keep in mind that the article will focus on colored stones
exclusively. Although I know there are plenty of challenges in other
areas as well, for this article I’m looking for your color horror
stories, and stories of repair triumphs!
You may either respond to the list, or to me directly at