Archive for March 2014

 
 

Chipped Diamonds

Gabi Inspecting DiamondIt happens. You’re wearing your beautiful diamond engagement ring while doing the dishes and you feel your ring hit something hard under the suds. After you’re done, you notice something that wasn’t there before; a chip in your beautiful diamond.

Diamond PolisherOther common scenarios include dropping your ring on a ceramic floor, clipping your ring against a hard surface, you’re ring getting stuck in a piece of equipment…you name it. Although it’s said that diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, it is in fact the hardest stone on earth versus other stones. It’s not impermeable to chipping against man-made materials. Moreover, diamonds are not necessarily the same toughness uniformly. For instance, an inclusion forming a fracture near the side of your diamond could render it weaker in that specific area. All that being said, a chip isn’t necessarily the end of the world (or the end of your diamond).

Depending on the nature of the chip, it’s size and it’s location, a diamond can often be re-cut or re-polished to eliminate the chip. Doing this may cause some weight loss, however, most times this loss is relatively small.

How does the process work?

Chipped Diamond Re-CutBring your diamond to your trusted jeweller. He will usually be able to tell you right away whether the diamond is a good candidate to being re-cut. You diamond will then be sent to a diamond cutter who will assess the new cuts and dimensions needed to bring your diamond back from it’s injured state (“calling Dr Diamond”). Prior to cutting, the diamond cutter will communicate to your jeweller what his intentions are, and more precisely, how much weight will be lost during the process. If you’re OK with this, you’re diamond will come back with a new life. Moreover, the costs of doing this are minimal; especially compared to purchasing a new diamond or versus paying a deductible to your insurance company.

So remember, a chip isn’t the end of the world or your diamond. We’ve given many a second chance at decorating your finger.

Kind regards,

The La Mine d’Or Family

When Your Ring Doesn’t Fit Properly…

We see it time and time again: clients come in with rings that no longer fit over their joints. Often, the ring is on their finger and can’t be removed; however, for this we recommend you read How to Remove Your Rings Swoolen fingerwhen they no longer fit. Fact is, over the years our joints can start to swell. There can be a variety of reasons for this, but the most common is the onset of arthritis. That being said, you can always re-size the ring so it fits over your joints, but then the ring flops around your inner-finger so loosely that it renders the ring impossible to wear comfortably.

 

Fear Not! There are solutions available. Here are the most common options:Arthritic Shank Options

1) Arthritic Balls: the ring is sized to fit over your joint and then gold balls are added to your ring’s inner shank. The balls keep the ring from flopping around once over your joint.

2) Speed Bumps: these are identical to the above mentioned arthritic balls, however they tend to accommodate wider rings.

3) U-Shank or Horseshoe: this is best described as a metal lining attached to the inside of your shank. Again, this keep the ring from flopping around once over your joint.

4) Twist On: these are typically temporary and consist of a thin band that is twisted onto your shank.

Athritic Engagement Ring - Cliq - 2005) Cliq Rings: this is by far the most comfortable and long-term option. Cliq designs mounts and custom shanks which are retrofitted with a hinge mechanism. The hinge mechanism enables your to open the ring’s shank in order to get it on and off. And the best part is…it’s virtually seamless!

Whatever option you take, it’s important that your rings fit properly and that you’re capable of getting them on and off your fingers without undue effort. It’s not just a question of comfort, it’s a question of safety…for you, and your precious mementos.

If you’d like to explore these options further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kindest regards,

The La Mine d’Or Family

Removing Rings That Don’t Fit

Some of us wear our rings for years without removing them. Unfortunately (or fortunately, sometimes), our bodies change but our rings don’t. Some of us develop swollen joints and are unable to remove our rings. Many choose to ignore this (sometimes for decades), but it can be dangerous.

For starters, your ring may begin cutting the circulation to your finger. Many times after removing rings that are too tight, the client reports tingling sensations in their affected finger. This isn’t good. Essentially, the swelling is so gradual over the years that our finger forms to the ring; kind of like when you tie a wire around a tree…as the tree grows the indent of the wire is apparent.

Secondly, what if your ring needs to be removed in an emergency situation? In our experience, Paramedics care for your health, not the health of your jewellery. So out come the cutting tools!

The point here is, if your rings don’t fit you should deal with the issue right away. The first step is removing them. Here are a few tricks we can offer “do-it-yourselfers”:

Windex1)      Windex: I know what your thinking: “the author of this article is a My Big Fat Greek Wedding fan”. Although I am, that’s not the inspiration behind this trick. Quite literally, we’ve saved hundreds of rings from being cut by using Windex. Forget the vegetable oils, creams, soaps…just use Windex. This should always be your first attempt.

2)      Rubber Band: Take a wide rubber band and begin wrapping it around your finger snugly, starting above your affected knuckle. Wrap it all the way over your knuckle until you reach the ring. Take a loose end of the rubber band and slip it under the ring using a toothpick. Grab the end of the rubber band from under the ring and pull firmly (but not so firmly as to break the rubber band). The ring will begin to spin towards your knuckle, and the tension created by the rubber band will help the ring slip over it. We recommend you watch this video for a demonstration.Ring Cutter

3)      Cutting: If all else fails, come visit and we’ll cut the ring. We have a special tool to do this and it’s free of charge. DO NOT try using power tools or sharp objects to cut the ring…IT’S STILL ON YOUR FINGER!

Vise Grip4)      Breaking: Gold, Silver, and Platinum can be cut; however, some metals such as Tungsten, Cobalt, and Titanium cannot. These have to be broken.  To do this you’ll need a clamping wrench, such as Vise-Grips. Adjust the clamp so it fits snugly over the ring. Tighten 1 turn and clamp. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN as this could crush your finger. We recommend you watch this video for a demonstration.

When in doubt, come and see us. We’ll help you get your rings off safely. In our next article, we’ll talk about options offered to people with swollen joints, such as those affected by arthritis.

 

Kind regards,

The La Mine d’Or Family