(Closed) Worn down ring after a 'cleaning'

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Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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iamali :  I thought I would check in and see if there was any news for you on this or if you have decided what you are going to do about your ring? 

I did decide to just take my ring somewhere else to be reshanked (and not take it back to other place). It is going to cost a significant amount as it is platinum (plus I need the sizing beads put back in). They could have done it in 18k white gold for about half the cost but that kind of defeats purpose of having a platinum ring for me ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided I was not happy with what the other jeweler was offering, and after talking to some other people experienced in antique rings/restoration they advised that that “solution” was neither going to lead a satisfactory result, and just leaving it until it broke and fixing it with solder (their other recommendation) could jeopardize the crown in long run as the thin and narrow band would not be as able to support the stresses. Plus it was really bothering me to look at, so at least this way I get a nice new shank that should last the rest of my lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚

I am rather angry it all happened in the first place, but I at least feel a bit calmer about it right now. I am hoping it all works out and comes back at right size – it is always trickier with sizing beads to get it right. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Any time you have gold buffed/polished, a very small amount of gold is taken off — it looks like the bench just got a little too aggressive with it.  FWIW, platinum doesn’t do this when buffed/polished.

Post # 18
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  • Wedding: January 2010

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msop04 :  Actually, when they buff and polish platinum after sizings or repairs it can indeed result in metal loss as they are using abrasives to blend things in, not just “shine it up”. The loss is just not as much as with gold so it can take a lot longer to see. But this is EXACTLY why my platinum ring is off for a reshanking right now, because the jeweler doing the resizing not only got it wrong a couple times, but after each resize they buffed and polished to do the blending, thinning the shank out too much and making the shank wonky/wavy.

People have this general idea that platinum ONLY gets displaced, but if if was totally impossible to remove platinum with abrasives, it would also be impossible to make rings with as you would never be able to finish them nicely or even really work with it. When I had platinum speed bumps in originally, they had to buff and polish them a couple times to the right size, for example, removing some material each time.

If you are just doing a “regular” clean and polish to get rid of light scratches, then yes loss should be quite minimal.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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RayKay :  Yes, this is true, but harsh abrasives shouldn’t really be used to only buff/polish a ring.  I guess I’m used to a great bench.   They are very gentle.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 20
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  • Wedding: January 2010

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msop04 :  No I agree; a regular cleaning like OP had should only be a light buff and polish whether gold or platinum and not result in what they gave her back! Especially for 9k gold which is actually quite hard.

I am used to a great and gentle bench too, this one was always awesome – until they weren’t!!!!

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I wouldn’t be happy tbh. It looks really thin in the picture in your first post. I’ve had rings resized (9k white and yellow gold) and they’ve never looked like that afterwards/after a polish. If the entire ring is fudged (and you say you did everything they advised you to do plus it wasn’t that scratched when you took it in to be polished) then they should be doing it free of charged. I don’t know a great lot about polishing but it surely shouldn’t take that much metal off. I don’t believe that can be caused through weakness from resizing?

I really could be wrong though as I admit I don’t know much about it. I’m sorry about your ring. I hope it doesn’t take too long!

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

That’s insane! I see it, there is a significant amount of metal missing!!

Post # 25
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  • Wedding: January 2010

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iamali :  Oh wow! I imagine it might be cheaper as if it is a cast piece, it is less labour costs to cast it and set the stones than maybe do the work required to reshank? Who knows. 18K is a good choice though!

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