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Invisible set repair expert?


#1

Dear All,

We are looking for someone who specializes in invisible set repairs.
Our client has a bracelet- a very nice, heavy weight mounting, with
three rows of invisible set diamonds. A diamond from the center row
has fallen out and been lost. The rail for the stone to snap into is
"mushed up" for lack of a better term. Who do you all use or
recommend for this sort of repair? We can fix just about anything,
but tolerances are so important with this sort of job that I hate to
just start ordering grooved stones in the hope that we get what we
ask for and that they fit. We’re thinking someone who specializes in
this sort of setting and who has access to many stones to pick from
is going to have the best chance for success with this.

Thanks for your help.
Brenda
david lee jeweler
Mason City, Iowa
http://www.davidleejeweler.com


#2

This is not what you want to hear, but I would tell them to take it
back to where they bought it. If you repair it, you will OWN it
forever. I do not even clean jewelry that has invisible set stones.
Unless of course it is a Van Cleef and Arpels piece.

Bill Wismar
Metal Benders Jewelry Gallery


#3
This is not what you want to hear, but I would tell them to take
it back to where they bought it. If you repair it, you will OWN it
forever. I do not even clean jewelry that has invisible set
stones. Unless of course it is a Van Cleef and Arpels piece. 

Bill is dead right.

I’ve only had a couple of invisible set repairs cross my bench in
years. I refused all even with a rich store which tended to cover
’accidents’ A bunch of other jewellers in the shop also declined.
Better to get fired for caution than for being dumb.

Just run away fast, russian roulette with a fully loaded revolver
has better odds.

jeffD
Demand Designs
Analog/Digital Modelling & Goldsmithing
http://www.gmavt.net/~jdemand