My wife has had a gold ring for several years. It may have been a
cast ring originally. It has round seats for 13 round emeralds.
These are in a dome shape. She had lost two sets so I was going to
replace the missing sets. Yesterday, before I got started on the
project she lost one more set. This was the very top, center stone.
When I started looking at it today I found out that one of the four
prongs for the top center stone had broken and this is what had
caused her to loose the center stone. As I continued to look at the
ring, I saw that some of the metal work forming part of the "base"
of the ring was also missing. It appears to have been a wire like
mesh or web close to where it would sit on her finger. I also saw
what appeared to be some cracking in at least one of the round cups
that hold the stones. Is there a way to repair this ring or should I
just take the stones out and try to find another setting similar and
put the stones in the new ring? I do some silver work but have not
done anything in 10K gold. Is this a ring that would be good for me
to practice on?
I would probably not pay anyone else to work on it but I would just
buy another ring for her or a setting that I could put the stones
in. In her other rings, I have had to replace some of the small
emeralds that had been lost over the space of a year or two so I
could reset the stones.
Thank you for your ideas. My wife says, "You should have taken those
one-on-one jewelry lessons when they were offered to you." Yes,
maybe I will still have the opportunity.
Larry Who does mostly cutting and polishing of flat specimens for
other people as well as some cabbing.