I do not condone or try to justify bad work in any manner, but I am
very uncomfortable the way Gerry has seen fit to single out a small
section of a ring and shouted to the whole world how terrible the
While the setting might not be up to his perfect standards, one must
keep in mind that the picture that Gerry posted is about 40 mm in
size on a computer screen and the stones are about 2-3 mm in diameter
in real life —a vast difference visually.
Also, causing needless harm to a goldsmith who Gerry does not know,
but who is certainly known to the MSJA magazine, and damaging his
reputation to that magazine is very unprofessional in, my opinion.
Especially when the damage he has caused was completely unwarranted,
because there is nothing inherently wrong or bad with the ring in
It might be good to reflect on the consequences of such shrill
condemnation, particularly if the ring has been sold, or the fact
that because of his unfair criticism, the ring has now become
Even the title in this thread is inflammatory and I personally think
an apology from Gerry is called for.
Perhaps Gerry could show how to do a setting of comparable size and
magnification that is up to the high standards he works towards.