Hello Esta Jo,
One lesson we re-learn occasionally is not to operate on
assumptions. In this case, we assumed that your 18K ring was free of
Nickle. (Certainly your symptoms were consistent with a Ni allergy.)
Now you know to find out about Ni in any future jewelry!!
Have you discussed your problem with the jeweler, and asked how s/he
would like to handle it? If the design is mass produced, then a mold
exists for a new wax. If the design is a one-off, replicating it
means creating a new wax. An alternative would be to remove the
stones and use the present ring as ametal master for your own
caster. Either way, it’ll have to be a new ring.
Unless you had some sort of guarantee at purchase that the metal was
Ni-free, I have a hard time expecting the jeweler to replace the
ring without cost. Try for some sort of compromise. In your place, I
would want to have my own caster re-create the ring to assure myself
that the alloy was Ni-free.
a metal master, have your caster recast using your gold (at your
cost). The jeweler resets the stones and finishes the ring without
further cost. Youhave the existing ring refined to recover some of
Bummer that you are faced with these difficulties. Hope that the
jeweler wants to keep you as a happy customer and that a resolution
acceptable to all can be reached.
Judy in Kansas, where the big snow bullet was dodged. It’s just
cold. Nextdoor in Missouri - torrents of rain and flooding. Weather
weirding for sure.