The “rock.” That centerpiece of a ring isn’t referred to as the foundational piece of your jewelry for just any reason. It truly is the ring’s main event—and the rest of your ring is centered around it. It represents love, commitment, and oftentimes, even a promise to get married.
That’s why if your ring loses its stone, it’s a big deal.
Fortunately, just because your ring loses its stone doesn’t necessarily mean that your ring has to be thrown away. If you take steps to prevent stone loss and make sure to work with a jeweler who offers stone replacement in their core services, you’ll have no reason to panic even if you lose that precious stone.
How to Prevent Losing a Stone
There’s that old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have a ring that you particularly value—with a particularly valuable stone in the center of it—you’re going to want to take a few steps to prevent it ever getting lost in the first place:
- Inspect the prongs of your ring every so often. You might even give the center stone a tug to see if you detect any looseness; if you do, it’s a sure sign that you need to take it in to the jeweler. If not, at least have a look at the prongs holding the stone in place to see if there’s any wear and tear; if so, take it in to the jeweler just to get their opinion on what needs to be done.
- Keep your ring clean. Keeping it clean doesn’t necessarily help the strength of the prongs, but it will enable you to see if there’s any visible damage.
- Inspect your inlaid gemstones as well. Inlaid gemstones are often glued into a piece, which means they can be even flimsier than stones that are held in place—even though they look securely attached. Give them a touch to see if they’re shaking; if so, have them repaired before you lose the gemstone altogether.
If Your Ring Loses Its Stone
- Don’t panic. It’s tempting to panic and lose your chance at ever recovering the stone because you lost track of it. Instead, simply look where you might have dropped it first, if you can find the stone, you’ll stand to save a lot of money. So keep calm, retrace your steps, and be sure thoroughly inspect the area where you think you may have lost the stone.
- Don’t ditch the ring. A jeweler that offers stone replacement can offer you that replacement for a cost, true, but the price is even more expensive if you replace the ring altogether.
- Try to work with the same jeweler who sold you the ring. They’ll know their own jewelry better than someone else’s, including any potential issues with sizing and how the ring was constructed.
Buying rings from a jeweler that offers a variety of services—including stone replacement—is important so you know who to contact if your ring ever loses its stone. If you’ve purchased a ring from Colucci’s Jewelers, or from somewhere else and need a stone replacement, call us at 843-797-6272.