In a message dated 97-05-21 23:58:19 EDT, you write:
The theory is that the solder gets in under the tip of the
stone, expands and whamo, another job you just lost money on. We
will do it, but if the stone is of any value we remove it,
replace the setting or repair it and reset.
I really have to add my .02 here. When my customers come in
with a broken prong on a diamond engagement ring, I simply telll
them that I will not retip the prong. I will only replace the
head either with 14kt white, or most preferably, platinum. The
explanation to them is quite clear, and most agree. The cost of
a new box, or head, is no where comparable to the cost of risking
their diamond with a patch repair. Years ago I used to retip
prongs, and on one occasion that I remember, the white gold did
not fuse well to the remaining prong. Luckily, I caught it, and
redid the job. With the current cost of diamonds today, and the
liability you might incur with a faulty prong resulting in a lost
stone, I just say ‘no’.
end of lecture.
regards, Allan Freilich (waterphoto)