now i'll have to buy my girlfriend another padparadsha the next
time i'm in bangkok.....
If it's as small a chip as your post makes it sound, why not just
pull the stone and let a local lapidary repair it. that's pretty
routine procedure, and though you lose a little weight, a good cutter
can usually produce an entirely acceptable repaired stone, often with
surprisingly little change. often, if the chip is small, it can go
right back in the same mounting it came out of without a major visual
As to trusting anyone else, I disagree. As a goldsmith, you need to
know your limitations. If you are not confident in your setting
skills, and the stone is valuable, then by all means job it out to
someone who is more skilled. Your error may have been in just taking
it to any local jeweler, assuming the person at his repair bench was
a skilled setter. Some retail stores have people who are skilled
setters, and others have people who are decent at repairs, and OK
with setting simple round diamonds, but dangerous around colored
stones or fancy settings. You simply need to do your homework, and
find someone who's well respected for his/her setting skills. You'll
do better finding a true wholesale job shop, the sort of place the
retail jewelers send out work to when it's beyond their skills.
Might take a bit more asking around to find. And be sure to discuss
the liability issues before leaving your work, and for heavens sake,
loupe the finished work before you go cranking on it again yourself.
By the way, regarding Padparadsha... What precautions did you take
regarding avoiding heat treated, color diffused stones, or were you
just aware that such might be what you were buying, and did not pay
for natural. Natural material of that color remains very rare, while
there is somewhat of a glut of the treated/color diffused material on
the market the last few years. it's worth a LOT less than the
natural, and isn't always easy to seperate without some very careful
examination... In general, unless you've a really good reason to
believe a padparadsha is natural color material, you should probably
assume that it's not. Most of what's out there, is not.