An engagement ring is a symbol of love, commitment, and romance. If it breaks, couples have a tendency to see it as a “bad omen,” stress out about their conundrum, and make all sorts of wrong decisions as to how to approach fixing the broken ring.
Don’t be that type of couple. A broken engagement ring doesn’t have to be stressful–after all, anyone who’s ever planned a wedding knows that you’ve got enough on your mind as it is. Instead, follow these suggestions and make sure that you visit the right jewelry store to fix what can one day be a precious heirloom.
Keep Track of Everything
When an engagement ring breaks, there are often small pieces that come apart with it. Try to focus on the area where the ring broke— whether that’s a carpet, a couch, or a kitchen counter— find any of the pieces that belonged to the engagement ring. Most times your engagement ring won’t break into a million little shards, but just to be on the safe side place the ring in a large plastic bag to keep all the pieces together. Keeping the pieces together in one place helps ensure that everything stays organized for the jeweler.
If any parts are missing, try to make a note of it before you forget. You can then talk to the jeweler to see about replacing them. Remember: there’s no reason to stress. No matter how dire your situation might seem, chances are that an experienced jeweler has encountered it before and will gladly help rectify the situation.
Don’t Try to Fix It Yourself
One of the top mistakes people make when their engagement ring breaks is to try and fix it themselves. If you have experience with jewelry, then you might know what to do. The problem is, most people don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to jewelry, and sometimes worsen the situation rather than improving it. So if you find yourself browsing YouTube in search of how-to videos or tutorials, take it as a sign that you’re a little out of your league. This is especially true if the engagement ring is significantly broken in some way, a part needs to be replaced, or if the diamond needs to be reset.
Find a Reputable Jeweler
The next thing you’ll want to do is take your ring to the jeweler. You can tell if a jeweler is reputable based on the services they offer. You can also give them a call and ask them one or two questions about their opinion— it will give you an idea of their experience in dealing with broken engagement ring and you’ll get some free advice.
A broken engagement ring doesn’t have to be a bad omen. It may be a symbol of love and commitment, but like any other object around the house, it’s susceptible to breaking. This is especially true if you “cut corners” with your initial purchase. But repairing an engagement ring likely isn’t expensive or as time consuming as you might think. In fact, it can just be another errand in an otherwise busy life.
After all, you’ve got a wedding to plan.