So, what do you do when a treasured family ring disintegrates right in front of you?
Quite understandably the first thought might be to panic but don’t! This ring dates from C1890 and over the years everyday wear and tear had taken its toll. As can be seen in the images above, a sapphire and come out as well as two small rose diamond points, all the claws were worn, the side settings were excessively worn (especially to one side) and the shank had worn away and was broken. The ring was in poor condition BUT the essential elements that made it what is is remained more or less intact and this made a sympathetic restoration possible.
Too often these days worn rings like this are condemned by some because the intricacies of repair are too challenging or it is perceived that a remount is the only option open to the owner. Whilst the style of the ring could indeed be replicated by remounting, often the execution lacks the fineness of detail and lightness of touch seen in the original Why? Because often reproduction pre-manufactured cast mounts lack the fine detail seen in a hand made ring like this one.
In this instance all the stones were removed, new centre blocks were made, a new under rail was made and fitted to one side and the side settings were re-carved; in addition, a new shank was fitted, all the stones were re-set including two new replacement rose diamond points and the ring was given a final polish.
This ring really has come up very well and most important of all, our customer is thrilled with the result. Proof if ever it were needed that no matter how bleak a situation can look at first glance, all can be put right in the end.