I love my engagement ring. It’s incredibly special to me because Dan picked it out all by himself keeping me in mind. It’s a gorgeous 1.2 carat (total) round, brilliant cut set in an absolutely perfect 14kt white- gold setting. There’s just one problem: I’ve had the stones tightened in it twice already and I’ve only had it for about 7 months now. Since Dan bought the ring in Melbourne, and it’s uninsured (I know, bad, bad.) I’ve had to take it to jewelers here in St. Pete. I’ve been primarily taking it to International Diamond Center and they’ve been great. I had the ring re-sized there and tightened. But not once did he mention anything about prong work, and since that was the first time I got it tightened, I didn’t think anything of it.
Fast forward to about a week ago, I noticed that one of the mid-sized stones was ever so slightly loose. Just enough to drive me crazy. Dan said it was fine, so I thought I was imagining things. I forgot about it for a little, but the loose-ness stayed on my mind. I finally took it to Hannoush Jewelers to have it looked at and he told me the stones were a little loose, but that I also needed the prongs re-worked. I thought he was insane. So, I took it on over to Zales where the lady told me everything was fine and nothing was loose. WRONG.
Finally, after thinking about it for two weeks I did my research and found a very reputable, family-owned jeweler by the name of David Reynold’s. The certified gemologist with 30 years under his belt examined my ring and concluded that yes, one of the mid-sized stones was slightly loose. He tightened it for me, told me it was a gorgeous ring, and then said, “But, the prongs are horrible.”
“Wow.” I said “I had another jeweler tell me that, but I thought he was nuts.”
Turns out that the prongs surrounding my 3 main diamonds do not fit snug to the stones leaving room for snagging. over time, the snagging will gently pull the prongs from the stone making them loose. Luckily, I’m a perfectionist and a worry wart that I pay attention and have not had any stones fall out yet. He said once the prongs are re-tipped and finished properly I shouldn’t need the stones tightened again. What a relief. NOT. The work is going to cost me at least a $100 thanks to no insurance, but it will be worth it.
I’m going to wear the ring forever and have my wedding band connected to it, so it’s important to me that it’s in the best condition to last through the years.
Because it’s a family-owned business they all take vacation and close shop. Just my luck, they are leaving for two weeks so I won’t be able to get the work done on it until the middle of August, but I’m looking forward to bringing it in and getting it fixed once and for all.