Post # 1
Haha such a stupid question. But I broke the mold (literally). The jeweler handed us the wax mold and then immediately walked away. We figured it was for trying on and then all of a sudden SNAP! the setting broke off. I quickly tossed the broken mold in my fiance’s hands and begged him to take the blame, which he did. The Jeweler was pretty irked. She said those things cost about $300 to make. We felt bad but we still got a pretty good laugh out of it. She didn’t charge us thank goodness!
What’s your story?
Post # 3
Bah, that sucks! Cute that he took the fall for you, though.
I had no idea they were expensive to make since our jeweler had two made for us and didn’t charge us extra.
I knew it was super breakable so I was very careful BUT I wish I had been able to try it on! We had changes made to the first wax casting and I was so intent at examining the prongs and height of the setting in the seconds one that I didn’t even notice the band was knife-edged and went ahead and had it ordered in 19k white gold. Well by the time we got to pick it up, I sure as heck noticed, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to wear it so I didn’t have it changed. That was last June and it’s actually out right now getting “polished” in hopes that it rounds the band out a little. The jeweler said that if I want a flat band (which I had actually originally asked for and sent pictures of) that I’d need to have it melted down and re-made. Wah. 🙁
Anyway, I sure wish you could try on wax castings!!
Post # 4
I didn’t get to try on the wax of my e-ring since it was a surprise, but I got to see the wax of my wedding ring. I didn’t even attempt to put it on cos it was so delicate at the bottom. I used to break waxes all the time, but they were from preexisting molds, thankfully, so I’d just toss it back in the melter and pull another one. I never messed with the original one of a kind carvings. They are really time consuming to make so I can see how the jeweler was peeved. It was nice of him to take the blame heehee.
Post # 5
I am a jeweler. I work exclusively in wax.
First of all she should never had handed you a wax and walked away…how were you supposed to know how delicate or strong it is….It is not your business to know. It is his business to tell you that when he hands it to you. I would never dream of letting someone handle a wax without carefully handing to them…and telling them to be careful. This includes my assistant who knows better and has handled them a million times.
And if you did break it…honestly it is not that big of a deal to mend it back together. I seriously doubt he has to recarve it from scratch, so her drama was a little uncalled for.
It can be welded together in a few minutes and then finished and cleaned up in a few more. If it is the setting…it would take a bit longer but not hours or anything like that.
So please dont feel bad…
Post # 6
@islandcowgirl: that’s nice 🙂 and helpful.
Totally not your job to assume you can’t try on a ring 🙂
Post # 7
At least it makes for a memorable story 🙂 My Fiance had my ring designed from scratch, so he went through the wax molding phase too. I never got to see it since it was a surprise, but he did tell me it was a bit intimidating to handle since it looked so delicate (my band is fairly thin). I would probably think it was to try on too if I saw it, hehe.
Post # 8
I second islandcowgirl that the jeweler should have never walked away from you after handing you the wax. Totally her fault. The smiths I worked for would never dream of doing something that careless. Please post a picture if your finished ring when you get it! Handmade jewelry is the best!
Post # 9
I broke the wax mold of my ring. He told me I could try it on, and it split just a bit at a delicate spot. He didn’t even mention it.
Glad you aren’t too worried about it – you shouldn’t be. I wonder if perhaps the jeweler had to hire someone to make the mold and that’s why he said it costs $300?
Post # 10
Haha this totally sounds like something that would have happened to me! My ring was custom designed (CAD drawing –> wax mold) but after the design process, it was a complete surprise so I didn’t see the wax and I don’t think my Fiance did either.
Glad it was fixed though! And I agree, she should have told you not to try it on and to be careful. It was her fault, not yours!
Post # 11
@islandcowgirl: I used to do wax castings too. I agree– the vendor should have never let a client be alone with it! seriously, I would have made them put on gloves and told them to be super super careful and tha they cannot try it on.
Post # 12
Nope didn’t break it. In fact I wasn’t allowed to handle it at all but rather I could look at it and turn the stand it was on. The jeweler also took loads of photos for us to analyze at home in case we had second thoughts.
They are super fragile and I am surprised the jeweler just handed it to you. That was there mistake, not yours. 😛