Thanks again for all the suggestions. Here is the update so far.. The
store owner is agreeable to remaking the whole ring from scratch.. I
suggested a palladium-iridium alloying, and it took them awhile to
find iridium (since not many metalsmiths use iridium apparently)...
According to the original designer, he has never had any problems
with this design (though I'm not sure how many of them has been
sold), and the store and designer is not comfortable using iridium as
they feel it lowers the image/value of the product and the store, so
they are now suggesting using a "super-hard platinum"-alloying.. The
owner didn't know the exact alloying, but he said that it used
sometimes for wedding rings. Perhaps they are similar to Steven K's
About the design, after numerous talks about the designs
stability/instability, what I gathered is that the original designer
feels hesitant about changing the design b/c of its aesthetic
beauty--i.e. the "airy" look / floating, exposed diamond...
(although two claws to support the diamond underneath have been
previously suggested)... They said that an thin bezel underneath
would not do much to protect the diamond b/c the force would be
shifted to the diamond slipping up instead of down or sideways..
Therefore a thicker underbezel would be needed which would in turn
change the appearance of the ring to drastically in their opinion...
While I did relay Neil the Jeweler's and Johns detailed instructions
for fixing the ring, the owner said that some sort of pictoral sketch
of the suggestions would be helpful..
So I'm wondering if this proposed fix of using "super-hard platinum"
would be sufficient, and as I'm guessing that a structural addition
would be needed, would it be possible to somehow look at a rough
sketch, or if anyone knows a similar ring with the underbezel and has
access to a photo?