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Adding Accents To An Existing Ring

Postby Finbar » Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:28 am

I have a platinum engagement ring with a .85 carat diamond.  Its design is very plain with no accents.  For our 5th anniversary coming up, we would like to get accents added to the ring, perhaps accent diamonds or some other gemstones.  We spoke to a designer at a Designer event at a large chain jewelry store where we originally bought the ring.  He told us that adding accents to an existing ring can't be done.  But we suspect he just wanted us to buy one of his premade mountings. This verdict just doesn't make sense considering he was able to replace the 4-prong head with a 6-prong head.  What say you?

Also if you can recommend a reputable, reasonably priced jeweler in the Raleigh/Durham Triangle area who is willing to work with us, we'd be much appreciative.  

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Adding Accents To An Existing Ring

Postby Sedgeley » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:59 pm

Hello Cynthia, Quite right! AVOID CHAIN STORES! My best advice is to seek out the  independant goldsmith or metalsmith(of which I know many in the Raleigh Durham area!) not only will the work be beter, and not cookie cutter prong heads soldered onto x  piece but you will realize the  relationship that  is made  will allow you to save money have work guaranteed for life and  of higher quality materials and  artistic design than any chain- hands down. Of course you can add on accents to any ring!- he  may not have had a platinumsmith or anyone that  works in platinum available to  do that  high temp work and guarantee the results wouldn't blow apart the stones  he sold you originally(most  chains  group stones of SI1-2 and I1-2 into the same lots  to save money so that you are never really certain in smaller stones, what you're getting). coloured gemstones and  colured diamonds are  trendy right now and can be added inexpensively- consider a flush mounting in that you need no  setting, the  stone is set into the band that rises  just above the stone's table(top surface).It is a style that can be done easily by any metalsmith and does not  add the risk of heat to  blowing any stones as  the jeweler  just has to  cut a seat for the stone and then  burnish the metal around the  stone's shape(be it  round, square, trillion, etc) to hold it firmly in place and protecting it  from daily wear. If you tell me  which  part of town you are in I  can give you a few contacts so  you can find the  jeweler you are most comfortable with. You can contact me off this forum at [email protected] so the worlds doesn't know your locale! Also if you have any preferences in location  state that in the email too and I will contact the  colleagues in  Raleigh/Durham and  help you  get what you want  done as quickly and easily as is possible. I really detest chain jewelry stores practices and deception- they cost the  consumer far more than the worth of any pieces they sell and the quality is more often than not, misrepresented..Hate to say this but you come out better  buying at a Wal-Mart than almost of the  jewelry chains out there since the x mart buys in  larger  volume from the same  vendors as the chain store..But to go as far as outright lying that any accents  can't be added is  a case for the Better Business Bureau - I get  highly aggravated when  lied to by  someone that  thinks you are on open wallet and  uninformed..then there is your loyalty to that  store that should have been incentive for them to value your  request as  opposed to just saying they can't work in platinum..which is likely the case..frustrating at the least, disappointing at best!  Nonetheless, there are many in your area that I'm certain  can give you exactly what  you desire at a reasonable price  in a reasonable  time of delivery from the  design proofing time. I will look for your  email, but  do allow me a couple of days to get back to you  if that's all right. Best Regards,Ari
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