Coming Back to Life

Sometimes we find jewelry that is “well loved”. If the piece is unique enough we like to bring it back to life.

I purchased this lovely 18 K white gold ring missing diamonds, stretched thin and broken shank, and worn out engraving. I had my work cut out for me.

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But this piece is precious and unique! Look at those lovely little bows! I had to save this piece from being melted into scrap!

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First things first that shank needs to go! the engraving has nearly been lost, so we cut the whole shank off and installed a new piece of gold with enough extra thickness we could reengrave.

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Inside Shank

Old repairs are visable

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Installing a new shank

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Next up: replacing those missing diamonds! I found two stones that fit, recut the settings so they are a little lower and rebuilt the prongs on the center stone, rebuilt the “bezel” on the side diamond. After the stones were set I went back in to reengrave.

After engraving we added milgrain, gave it a good polish and finished her off with a rhodium polish. The difference is awesome to see! This is a unique piece that we hope will be around for another 100 years.