It has been lovely to have a bit of a break over the festive period, but while I’ve stayed away from the computer, I’ve still been pottering away at my workbench. So with Christmas being the time for giving and all that, it is quite nice that my main project over Christmas has been giving one of my customer’s ruby engagement ring it’s sparkle back – quite literally.
After getting a bit of a bump, a few of the prongs had broke on my customer’s ring and one of the diamonds had popped out of the engagement ring. Luckily, she actually managed to find the diamond but the ring was still a bit worse for wear. Needless to say I wasn’t quite organized enough to get a true “before” picture. Instead, I got stuck right in and, as you can see above, set about repairing the ring.
The engagement ring has been worn every day for the last 30 years, so the prongs in general were pretty worn, so it perhaps isn’t a surprise that a couple had given up the ghost when bumped. I do like the challenge of a repair – you aren’t starting with a blank canvas, instead, you have to work with what is already there, and fix it up so that it is strong yet just as beautiful as before. Rather than just fix the broken prongs and risk the others failing sometime soon, I un-set all the gemstones and retipped all the prongs. Then, after some filing and sanding, it was just a case of setting the ruby and the diamonds back where they belong and polishing the whole thing off so that it sparkled once again.
And here it is – the fully repaired ruby engagement ring which is now back on the hand of one happy customer after it got a a final polish – definitely the kind of feel good task that suits the festive period perfectly!