Post # 1
My husband bought me an antique ruby ring last year as an anniversary gift. When I took it to the jeweler, all he told me was that he wouldn’t wear it until I get the prongs fixed. So it’s been sitting in a box just waiting until I could take the time to get it all patched up. When I was examining it, I noticed at least two chips on the center stone. They are located on the front and back. The bottom ones are way worse than the smaller ones on the top. I attached two pictures but they are hard to capture. One small one is on the very top, almost in the middle. What would you do and is there any thing I can do to fix this? I know you can get a stone polished or re-cut but would either one be worth it? Any opinions would be helpful! It’s my favorite piece of jewelry I own but was to terrified to wear it until now so I’m torn on what to do.
Post # 2
To be slightly expected with an antique stone. Its unlikely the damage on the bottom of the stone is from after it’s set. So its an older stone, set that way to mask/contain the damage.
Here is a thread on PS about a chipped sapphire. They think its not worth damaging the setting to pull the stone out to repolish, but YMMV.
Post # 3
jellybellynelly : Thank you very much!I will read that ASAP. Do you think it’s worth it to fix the prongs and wear it? I had planned on wearing it almost daily.
Post # 4
Yes! Fix the prongs and wear it proudly. I’d find a jeweller who specializes in antiques, preferably not a regular mall jeweller (jared, peoples, etc).
Post # 5
Absolutely go to an independent jeweler. Avoid mall stores!