When to Get the Prongs Re-tipped on Your Diamond Engagement Ring
You probably don’t realize that four small pieces of metal are the only things which keep the center stone in place on your diamond engagement ring. And for their size, they are expected to bear a considerable amount of pressure. You might find that, over time, the prongs are snagging on your clothes and your hair. We are experts in prongs and jewelry repair.
As they raise up more and more, you run a greater risk of losing the diamond in your engagement ring. This means that you should make an appointment with your local jeweler to get your prongs re-tipped.
About the Re-tipping Process
When re-tipping the prongs on your diamond engagement ring, the jeweler fortifies them by adding new metal pieces to help them hold the center stone better. Keep in mind that the prongs on your diamond engagement ring can only be re-tipped if they are broken or worn, but not missing entirely. In that case, you would need to rebuild them instead.
Why You Should Get Your Engagement Ring Re-tipped
Jewelry experts have found that the prongs tend to decline at the same time, because brides wear their engagement rings so often. However, they observe that the prongs on the outside of the ring are more likely to get damaged faster.
As we mentioned earlier, weak prongs can enhance the likelihood that your center stone might fall out of the setting. If one of the prongs on your diamond engagement ring looks flatter than the others, you might consider reinforcing them all as a precaution.
When You Should Get Your Engagement Ring Re-tipped
It would be wise to get the prongs on your diamond engagement ring re-tipped every five to ten years. Just don’t make it the first time that you ever visit the jewelry store!
Even though your diamond engagement ring appears pristine, there are some hidden defects that could need to be repaired. We recommend that our customers schedule an appointment every six months to have their engagement rings inspected and cleaned. That way, we can determine anything which merits your attention before the worst-case scenario happens.
When you consider the expense of replacing the stone in your diamond engagement ring, it is relatively affordable to get the prongs re-tipped. Most jewelry stores charge no more than $25 per prong, and it can cost as little as $10 each.
Where to Get Your Ring Repaired
Located at 829 Asbury Drive in Mandeville, Anne Dale Jewelers has provided the Northshore with jewelry repair services for the past forty years. When the prongs on your diamond engagement need to be re-tipped, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. Call us today at (985) 626-4266.