(Closed) Why don't jewelers just…..

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1699 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@MrsEME:  totally agree with you. Leaving jewelry is very annoying. All the jewelers make you do it though. Sometimes you can pay extra and wait to have it done. Depends on the place though.

Post # 4
359 posts
Helper bee

@MrsEME:  My jeweler is pretty good about that. However, he gets SWAMPED… So, the smaller the project, the longer the wait (he does the higher prices items first). Unless, of course, there’s a time restriction for his clients. I just had the center stone from my 3-stone ring reset to a solitaire with pave band. It was not straightforward, due to the dimensions of my stone being a little larger. It turned out absolutely gorgeous, and he had it done in under two days. The side diamonds will be turned into earrings, which he asked for 2 weeks for. Not because it takes that long, but because he is so backed up. I happily obliged, but could easily have had it sooner if I’d requested.

I would say create a relationship with a reputable family jeweler that has been in business for quite some time. They will usually be more willing to bend over backwards for a customer than say, a Zales, or somewhere like that.

Post # 6
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MrsEME:  I know my jeweller (mall store) has the long wait because they need to express ship the rings out to be done and then have them express shipped back in – that is about 4 days of the entire wait right there. To my knowledge those mall jewellers don’t do the work in store and everything is mailed out.

Post # 8
359 posts
Helper bee

@MrsEME:  I wonder if there’s a certain day they actual do them. I’m willing to bet some do it that way… Can’t hurt to ask. Then, maybe you can drop it off the day prior? I can’t blame you, though. Even two days without my ring made me a little anxious. Is hate to go almost two weeks!

Post # 9
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

So, speaking from the perspective of someone who has done jewelry making…that’s a really awful idea.

1: Not all engagement/wedding rings are created equal.  Plain bands are probably easy to resize, but I’d imagine that the difficulty of the project scales directly in proportion to the number of stones you have on the shank.  I’ve seen some of the rings here, and can only imagine they’d be complete nightmares to resize.

2: Not all projects are created equal.  Are you sizing a ring?  Are you burnishing down prongs?  Are you having bits of your jewelry soldered back on?  Are you having (itty bitty) stones replaced because they fell out?  It’s really awful business practice to take in a project without knowing anything about it.  And with jewelry, you really need to be able to see and handle the thing (and sometimes get started on the thing) before you know how hard it is to complete the thing, so a phone call only helps so much.

3: To put it bluntly, fixing/sizing jewelry is really the crap work – you know you’ve gotta do it and it pays the bills, but it’s boring as hell, and if you’re lucky it’s something that can be done while the customer waits.  If you’ve got a desk job, I’m sure you take breaks during your grunt work to do something interesting.  I can guarantee you that jewelers go into the profession so they can do something creative (make new jewelry).

4: Fixing by appointment, while the customer waits, would likely require a dedicated jeweler.  See above: most jewelers go into the profession to be creative, not do grunt work.  It is neither fair nor feasible to ask one person to take on all the crappy work.  If the person is an apprentice, I might understand, but I’ve not encountered a shop in such a situation.

5: This doesn’t take into account seasonal rushes.  Christmas?  Valentine’s?  Mother’s day?  Ever tried to get any jewelry made or modified during those rushes?  I have.  All hands were needed to meet the demand for Christmas commissions.  And that sort of defeats the purpose of by-appointment modifications and repairs – you’d STILL have to leave your jewelry.

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