OK, so I have been working on this bracelet in white gold with some
stones. I finished everything, set all but one stone: a 7x7mm
emerald, and last night, in the process of setting this emerald I
bent one of the prongs too much and broke it off. I have set stones
before, but consider myself a beginner, and nervous considering it
was an emerald. I was using pre-fab settings soldered in between
these forged pieces of white gold. At this point I can’t solder a
new prong on because of the other stones next to it (rubies on
either side, and iolites next two the rubies) and do not have any
fancy equipment like a laser welder to do it with. Is there anything
I can do to save this bracelet, or should I be starting over? I am
pressed for time, this bracelet is a commision for a friend and is
overdue, and I would like to finish this ASAP. I am in Los
angeles/Inland Empire area and will probably need to find a stone
setter or any jeweler who would be willing to help me fix this
problem. I would be willing to pay you or trade or something for
your time. I would appreciate any help that other orchidians out
there could offer, as I do not know what to do at this point.
Thank you all.
Jacqueline M. Bell, dba.
P.O. Box 1086
Chino Hills, CA 91709