From Weddings bands to dress rings, engagements rings to rings with religious or cultural symbolism, finger rings are one of the most commonly worn pieces of jewellery.
Because rings are on our fingers and we do a lot with our hands on a daily basis, rings are more exposed to more wear & tear than most other types of jewellery.
While Gold, Silver & Platinium are strong & durable metals, when worn often there are certain areas on rings that over time can become weak, brittle & easily break.
The two main spots often be affected are the prongs & the shank.
Below is a Gold & Sapphire dress ring my husband bought for me.
Unfortunately the design is such that the prongs are very prominent & exposed & as a result, even with care, they often get bumped as I go about my day.
Despite being very careful about removing this ring when doing domestic chores, as you can see, one of the prongs has broken: for the 3rd time!
Needless to say, this ring cannot be worn again until it is fixed.
Though, given it’s history, I think a re-design & re-make might be best.
The point is, I didn’t even realise the prong was broken until I put it on my finger on my way out & while momentarily admiring the stone (I love sapphires!) happened to notice the severe problem.
When the prongs broke previously, the stone actually fell out.
Eventually it was found in the boot of my car where I had been lifting things in & out. So I consider myself very lucky that although the prong had broken, the stone hadn’t fallen out again and become lost.
The shank of a ring is the band that goes around your finger. In many ring designs this band would have been soldered to join the two ends of the band together.
Over time & if repeatedly bumped against a hard surface, the soldered joint can become weak & eventually break.
So How Can you Prevent Losing Ring Stones??
Every 6 mths, give your rings a thorough clean with a cleaning solution appropriate to the materials your ring is made from so that any potential problems areas will be visible.
After cleaning, have a really close look at your ring.
Better still, if you have a magnifying glass, use it & thoroughly go over the ring, taking note of:
- how the prongs are positioned
- whether there are any unusual gaps between the prongs & the stone
- are there any surface cracks, lines or creases on the metal prongs?
- If the ring has any stones, check them for chips or cracks
- Gently push against the stone to see whether it moves.
- Check the shank for cracks, pits, creases or lines
- Look for any thinning of an area relative to the rest of the band
- Is the the ring band is out of shape?
What To Do If You Find a Problem?
If you do discover any inconsistencies with your rings:
- Discontinue wearing the affected ring immediately
- Place the ring in a secure & protective bag
- Take it to your nearest trusted jeweller for advice.
The Importance of the Correct Fit
If you have lost weight & your rings have become too big, rather than risk accidentally losing them, get them re-sized. I know a few people who lost their over sized rings because they didn’t get around to having them re-sized!
By following these practical tips, I hope that you get many more years of wearing pleasure from your treasured rings.
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