So Helen, you're a jeweler, right?
Well, I’m loathe to call myself such as I’ve only been making
jewellery (self taught with the great help of Orchid) since July this
year so it would seem a little pretentious to call myself a jeweler!
So why wouldn't you just step over to the polishing machine and see
Well Daniel, I’ll let you into a secret. I have had such a sense of
"I’ll try it and see what happens" once before with my engagement
ring. I very foolishly tried to resize it by stretching it - not
knowing at the time that you can only do that on band rings and that
you have to cut and add a piece to make a stone set ring bigger. So
of course all I did was split the shank at the point it had been
previously soldered. I also polished it a little too heavily and the
white gold prongs failed a few months later which led to my diamond
falling out! All this was before I was confident enough to fix such
mishaps and so an Orchid friend of mine in America fixed it for me
and soldered a new platinum head and set the diamond again so now it
looks better than it did when new.
To be honest, as soon as I asked the question I thought it was a
stupid one, as I since figured that it’ll probably return to its
normal yellow colour after a little wear anyway!
But thanks for the words of encouragement, and yes I do love to
experiment also and have learned most of what I know from such
experiments. Incidentally, I do now attempt such repairs and have
successfully resized a few stone set rings myself, but when it comes
to my engagement ring, I am a little nervous to jump in head first as
it’s obviously very dear to me.