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I want to clear up the myth that ring resizing is sorcery or witchcraft.
My time working at a jewelry repair shop was a fantastic experience. Going into that job I was excited to use a laser welder. This machine runs about $30,000 so there was no way I was buying one for my home studio.
This machine does seem magical. There are so many things it allowed me to do that just couldn’t have been done with a torch, or would have been much more laborious and time consuming without the welder.
As magical as the laser welder is and as skilled as I may be, I am, alas, a mere mortal. There were times when I’d get a ring, look it over, read what the customer wanted and wish I could wiggle my nose like Samantha or blink like Jeannie.
Please know your jeweler’s limits. Appreciate his or her knowledge, experience and skills, but also appreciate that she is working with the laws of physics! Also appreciate that there may be numerous customers ahead of you. The shop may be empty when you stop by, but in the back, on the jeweler’s bench, there may be dozens of pieces waiting in the cue for repair or sizing.
I remember a man stopping on on a Saturday, gold band in hand, wanting the ring resized because he was getting married. He was getting married within a couple of hours! He seemed perplexed and a bit bothered that we had to turn him away. A plain band that is going down no more than a size might be something we’d try and let you jump to the front of the line. But this man needed it sized up. This entails a lot more time and having a piece of yellow gold that will fit the height and width of the band. He asked that we “just cut it” and it would expand.
As with most professions or crafts, we forget that everyone does not know this stuff! Ever since working in repairs, I’ve tried to do a better job at educating the consumer (that’s you!) on how jewelry is made, how it’s repaired and other odd little details about the jewelry making world that you wouldn’t know unless you lived in it.
Here are just a few things to keep in mind when you take in a ring to be resized:
Hope this helped clear up some of the mystery of ring resizing.
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