Prong problems….Did I make a mistake?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Spinels are an 8.5 hardness. They arent a soft stone :/

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

You may want to take your ring to a second jeweler. This whole situation seems like a poor setting job maybe the issue.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@dewingedpixie:  Agreed. I think this definitely needs a second opinion. Your prong shouldn’t be not touching the stone, and its definitely not “soft” – does it have any sort of certification? It couldn’t be some sort of knockoff could it…?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

 @BeachFairy:

@FutureMrsHallam: 

The only reason we dont see more spinels in engagement rings is because they are relatively unknown. Its not due to them being soft. Spinels are really great stones. Its actually known as the great pretender since many crowns, and jewelery of past monarchs actually had spinels in them that were thought to be high grade sapphires and rubies at the time. Spinels are also affordable because they aren’t as well known.

This is why I think your jeweler set this stone wrong, or the setting just wont work for this stone since it was developed for a quad. The fact that its dammaged makes me doubley think they set it wrong. Any stone has a certain ammount of cleavage creating week points but spinel is still a strong stone. I do stand corrected it is an 8 not an 8.5.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@dewingedpixie:  I actually haven’t heard of them before this post, I had to Google! It is a gorgeous stone, but it obviously has its own character and perhaps the jeweller isn’t as aware of them as he perhaps should be when setting one.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@FutureMrsHallam:  They are beautiful and have a lot of fire. I have a blue one upstairs that I got for a song 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think you need a better jeweler.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@dewingedpixie:  Ooooh, I love blue… I may look into this stone for a gorgeous RHR 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think your jeweler is trying to cover his tracks. Sounds like he did a bad job setting the stone!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@FutureMrsHallam:  The cobalt blue and red ones are the most desired. They can go for the highest prices. They are absolutely gorgeous though.

 

Check ebay for the sellers with better feedback, gemselect, and etsy. Learn how to tell if a cut is good or not and if your patient you can snag one. I think I got mine for about $85 three years ago. It has some purple undertones and the seller had good ratings. He also had really well cut stones so I bid at the end when no one bid after watching it for a while. He did have some sapphires and things go for high dollar that were certified. I wish I could remember the seller :/ his spinels were gorgeous but that was also 3 years ago.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh yes, spinel is not a weak stone. I think many ppl hear the word spinel and assume its somehow not genuine, b/c they’re not educated. Seems like that’s the case w your jeweler. I do not thing you made a mistake choosing it by any means! Its the jeweler that seems to lack the skills working With your setting. I would get it set somewhere else. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’d always heard that anything below a sapphire in hardness (9) was not recommended to hold up for everyday wear.  That being said, an 8.5 stone should not already be showing damamge.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@BeachFairy:  I had a similar issue. I changed my setting but I kept my original stone. The stone kept getting loose, I took it to the jewelrer two times and both times they said it was fine, but I could hear the stone rattling when I shook the ring. I finally decided to take to another jewelrer and they fixed it! He took one look at it and said ” yeah the prongs aren’t on securely, it looks okay but it’s not finished.” Since getting it worked on I have not had any issues with the prongs or the stone feeling loose. The jewelrer said that setting a stone can be tricky at times and that some jewelrers are afraid of chipping or cracking the stone so they are overly cautious. The downside is that the prongs get loose easier. 

 

 

 

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