(Closed) spot on prong?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sounds like your ring has porosity. it was probably cast (made from melted gold in a mold) instead of handmade with wire, and sometimes bubbles can get in. Given that it is on a prong instead of your shank, there is a possibility that there is more porosity that you aren’t seeing and that it might compromise the strength of the prong.

I’d take it to the jeweler and ask them to check it for porosity. They can fix this with a laser. 

Post # 5
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269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No problem! It’s also possible it’s just some sort of ding or scratch, so it’s best to get it looked at in person to diagnose what’s up. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@tonights:  Porosity was my first thought as soon as I read the first sentence, too.

If it is porosity, it is affecting things structurally even if you do not know it, and you need to get it corrected.

Where did you buy it from? I would actually consider going to an independent appraiser to have them look, either before going to the jeweler, or after if they tell you nothing is wrong, as depending on who you got it from, you could get the runaround about it.

Does your jeweler have an in-house bench? I would definitely want to be able to talk to a bench about it, rather than their sales staff.

Post # 9
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@peppybride:  Well, taking it to an independent appraiser should not void it! That is necessary usually for other purposes, like insurance purposes. They are not doing work on it.

Is this setting the same one that has had issues before? Honestly, if it is, it sounds like the bumps you had before were porosity as well. I would be asking for a new setting NOW. Be firm, tell them this has been causing a lot of issues and you want a replacement setting. It does sound like there may be porosity throughout the ring, and that is just not a good thing long run.

This is why an independent appraisal is good, as you can go in there with the appraisal report indicating whether there is/is not porosity.  Do not go to another jeweler for the appraisal, it is important you get an independent appraisal so there is not any bias of another jeweler wanting your business, etc.

 

Post # 11
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@peppybride:  Who appraised it?

I would go to an independent appraiser, and tell them directly you have concerns about the metal integrity, and show them the “bubble”.

 

You can also post pictures of it on Pricescope’s RockyTalky, I bet they could tell you! Many of the people there are quite familiar with porosity and have dealt with it before, and they even have a few appraisers lingering around. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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4333 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Try not to freak out.  In most cases, they will be able to press it out.  They should have examined it more closely and done it before they sold it.  Most times it is not too serious.  But, as others have said, it indicated that there was air in the metal in casting…and in rare cases it can be so much air that there is a large hole on the inside of the shank.  I am NOT trying to scare  you, and this is the rarest cases.  However, they need to be aware and they need to fix it, and determine if it is one little bubble, or it they need to have a closer look.  Try not to worry, just take it to wear you bought it and ask them to look at it.  πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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4333 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

It will all be alright πŸ™‚  I know it can be stressful.  But I doubt this is a big issue, they just need to press it out.  But just to protect youself, they need to look at it and document it.

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