When was the last time you checked your ring for worn-out or bent prongs? Most people don’t realize that a problematic prong is a big deal until a gemstone falls off their ring. To make sure nothing like that happens to you, you need to inspect your prongs closely every now and then and get them fixed as soon as you find out they are broken or otherwise damaged.
Check Your Rings Regularly
Although any piece of jewelry needs attention, rings are especially prone to damage since they are worn on your hands and get hit, bumped and snagged multiple times a day.
The most vulnerable parts of your ring are its prongs – those tiny things that hold your gemstone fixed in the setting.
Most rings have four to six prongs, and even if just one of them is bent, your gemstone may become loose and fall off.
And losing a gemstone can be costly, especially if you are wearing a diamond.
How Often Should You Inspect Your Prongs?
To make sure that you spot any damage timely, check your prongs at least once every two or three months.
It is best to use a loupe to look at your ring setting and see if there are any prongs out of alignment.
Also, check if any of your stones are loose.
If you notice any problems such as broken, bent or worn-out prongs, get your ring fixed by a jeweler as soon as possible.
Until you do so, you shouldn’t be wearing your ring or you would be at risk of losing your stones.
You should have your rings checked by a professional jeweler at least twice a year.
Prongs are the weakest parts of a ring, and the more often you wear it, the faster they will wear out and the more easily they will bend or break.
You can tell if your prongs are worn out by touching them – if they feel flat, they probably need to be rebuilt. The jeweler will inspect your prongs and see if any of them need to be fixed or replaced.
What to Do with My Worn Prongs?
If you have prongs that are bent out of place, don’t try to realign them yourself – you may damage the gemstone. Take the ring to a jeweler and let a professional take care of the problem.
Usually, this is the easiest prong issue to fix.
If your prongs are worn out, they may need to be rebuilt.
In such a case, the jeweler will add some metal to them in order to strengthen the problematic parts.
This procedure is called “retipping” as the additional material will be added to the prong tips that are weakened.
In case your prongs are broken, your jeweler will solder new prongs in place. Sometimes, this will be done if your prongs are too worn out to be repaired.
For this procedure, your gemstone will most likely need to be taken off so as not to be damaged in the process.