You take a look at your nice gemstone ring one day, and you notice that there is something wrong with it. It seems that the stone is a bit loose, and one or two of the prongs are broken or bent. Well, this is not a problem that’s at the top of your list right now; you can take care of it later. Meanwhile, you continue to wear your ring until you find time to go to your jeweler next week. Actually, this is a mistake.
Take Off Your Ring If Your Stone Is Loose
Even if it’s likely that you will keep putting off visiting your jeweler, it’s not a wise idea to continue wearing your ring until then.
Once your stone is loose, it’s very easy for it to fall off. Being on your hand, your ring is in constant motion and at risk of being hit or bumped.
Especially if you have a more expensive stone, such as a diamond, losing it can cost you a lot of money, and it happens more often than you think.
Prongs also keep your stones in a fixed position, and when a ring’s gemstone is out of alignment, it can break more easily if hit.
It’s best to take your ring off and not wear it until you get it repaired.
Check Your Prongs Regularly
Take off your ring and take a look at it, preferably using a loupe.
Check if any of your prongs are bent out of place. All prongs should be touching your gemstone, and the stone itself should not be loose.
Look for broken prongs – these should be repaired immediately. If your prongs are worn out, that’s also a sign that they may need to be replaced.
What Are the Repair Options for Your Prongs?
If your prongs are just bent, the jeweler will straighten them out.
If one or two of your prongs are broken or worn out, they may need to be re-tipped.
This means that the jeweler will take off the stone, remove the old prong (or what’s left of it), and put a new one in place through soldering.
This option is mostly appropriate for newer rings. Once a prong has been replaced, however, the new one will be weaker than the original, and you’ll need to watch it more closely for damage.
If more than one or two prongs are problematic, your jeweler may replace the whole ring setting. This is usually the case with older rings.
Generally, replacing the whole prong setting instead of individual prongs ensures that the new prongs will last longer.
How Often Should I Inspect My Ring’s Prongs?
If you wear your ring often, you should check it at least once a year. Examine your prongs closely, and if you spot any signs of damage, get your ring fixed.
However, in order to be on the safe side, it is recommended that you have your jeweler inspect your rings at least twice a year. This way you will make sure that you are not at risk of losing any of your stones.