- 2 years ago
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
So, we had houseguests this weekend. My bestie and her soon-to-be Fiance and my other bestie and her soon-to-be Fiance. It was a housefull of smoochy pie happy couples and it was amazing. We laughed till we cried. We ate like kings. We played Cards Against Humanity.
And as we sat at table Sunday night, and I was telling some story with big ol’ gestures, I look down at my left hand and… MY STONE IS GONE FROM MY E-RING.
I sat there staring at my hand for a good 5 seconds before everyone at the table gasps and jumps up from their chairs to start looking for it. Luckily it had landed on the table on a placemat and was just tucked under the rim of the plate next to mine.
Looking at the setting without the stone in it, I noticed that the basket looked stained and almost… rusty? Which makes no sense for gold; but explained why I kept seeing a slightly dark artifact in the stone shaped like an X when I looked closely.
It would seem that the jeweler (curse his unholy name) didn’t rhodium dip the ring before he “set” the stone, leaving the inside of the basket grimy and dark and tarnished looking.
And CLEARLY did a terrible job setting the stone, anyway. I think breaking the first moissy spooked him and he didn’t clamp down hard enough on the prongs. I was also noticing that the prongs were uneven and inconsistent. Only one of the 4 looked correctly proportioned, and the other 3 looked almost… globby. What was supposed to be a v-prong, looked more like a knob of gold applied with an eye dropper.
I’d planned to take the thing to a different goldsmith after the wedding and have someone else repair it when we had my wedding band soldered to the e-ring, but now we have to take it somewhere to have the entire head reconstructed. I’m so disappointed; this was just beyond the pale.
Fiance is LIVID. He’s planning to go in and raise some hell at this point. He’s normally a super even-tempered person, but considering they broke the first stone, did a TERRIBLE job on the actual head, and didn’t set the stone securely, he’s going to demand a refund so we can take it somewhere else.
I’ve been doing some research and found a local jeweler who has a great reputation, explicitly states they work with moissy on a regular basis, and primarily work on custom pieces.
I’m trying to focus on the positives; we didn’t LOSE the stone – god forbid we’d been OUT to dinner when it came loose – and I can get the head re-made to look like we actually intended, but man. After such a long wait, I only had the ring for about 2 weeks before it broke 🙁