Post # 1
Hello, Ladies! I am a new poster but have enjoyed spent much time reading everyone elses post. My husband purchased a three stone ring through an Estate Sale and when he gave it to me, I noticed that two of the prongs that hold the side diamond to be a little short than the other side and that the diamond is sitting crooked in it. I got a toothpick and wiggled the diamond to see if it was loose and it is. I dont know if this was due to wear and tear from the previous owner or if they had they had that set of prongs worked on and just a crummy job was done. Now, My question is what do you think needs to be done to fix this. Could it be retipped or do you think the diamond needs to be removed and have new prongs put on? I am completly clueless when it comes to jewelry and just want to get a rough estimate of what you all think it would cost to fix this? I dont want to walk into the jeweler and them give me some crazy number! Any help would greatly be appreciated!!! THANK YOU!!
Post # 3
you’ll just have to take it to a jeweler, personally I would want a new head put on, if that piece is from an estate sale you have no idea how old it really is, and better safe than sorry. Just know they might alter the way the ring looks a little bit in order to batten down the jewelry hatches.
Post # 4
Thanks! Sounds expensive 🙁 but I guess I will have to take it in an see what they say.
Post # 5
I would get a new head put on it as well. Ya, it is more expensive, but think how expensive it will be if you lose the stone and need to get a new head and a new stone!
Post # 6
It does look a bit lop-sided and if the stone is loose, it definitely should be addressed. Just make sure you get at least 2 opinions/quotes. I’d suggest a family-owned place because they can usually do custom-work more easily than a large chain store would.
It’s a lovely ring and I hope you are able to get it fixed quickly! Good luck!!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for the help. Since I am new to jewelery and this may sound dumb, but when you say replace the head, do you mean the two prongs that’s holding the stone thats loose or do you mran the whole entire top part of the ring holding all three stones? Just wanted to clarify.
Post # 8
@lmartin211: I think that they can repair only those 2 prongs that are weak. I had a ring which had the same problem and I didn’t have to get the entire head replaced but it wasn’t a vintage piece like yours. It cost me about $30 to get done but my jeweler works cheap and I’m not sure what it would cost where you live.