The Fall of the Lacking Diamond – Carrie’s Story of a Ring ReplicationZengemz
Can you imagine walking 10 years of your marriage without wearing your wedding ring? Carrie believed she was ready to give up hers for good after a disaster at her son’s school.
I first met Carrie when she asked if I could re-engrave the fading pattern on her inherited wedding ring that belonged to her grandmother. Of course I was happy to help!
She showed me the wedding ring and asked how long it would take to finish the engraving. “My husband doesn’t like it when I walk around like a bachelor for too long, you know!” I laughed with her but was surprised when she added, “My other ring is unsafe so I haven’t worn it in a while. “
“How long?” I asked.
“Oh, about a decade now.”
Impressive! I had to hear the story about it!
Sand and lost diamonds
Carrie had enjoyed her morning doing what she loved most – playing and studying with her 3 year old son, Luke. They were enrolled in the Lou Grant parent-child workshop, and that particular morning they were outside in the sand, building castles and drawing on the soft ground.
As Luke and his classmates developed their motor skills, Carrie and parents did their best to keep sand out of their children’s mouths and eyes.
Preschool sandbox vs. Diamond ring
Luke worked hard to shape the third tower of his sand fortress, and Carrie helped by getting it to build thick, wet sand. She reached deep into the ground, heard a muffled * clink * and felt a sharp bump of pain through her finger – the excavator had hit a stone!
Carrie shook her aching hand and released a stream of G-rated explosives – “Oh, crazy! That hurt like a cookie! “As she looked over her hand to examine the damage, she quickly forgot about any pain she had felt – her ring setting was torn in half and the diamond was missing!
A diamond treasure hunt
The kindergarten teacher found out what had happened and announced that she would have an exciting new game for everyone – Treasure Hunter! The children and parents each received a sand picture and were given various pieces of land to search for.
After a few stressful minutes of false positives and tired kids asking for another game, one of Luke’s classmates proudly shouted that he’d found something shiny – Carrie’s diamond!
Fix, don’t hide, your ring after the disaster
After this fear, Carrie decided to keep the diamond and her broken wedding ring in her safe. There they sat untouched for 10 years.
When Carrie showed me the wedding ring for the first time, it was immediately clear that the original could no longer be saved. In addition to the cracked setting, the already slim, delicate design of the ring had been worn dangerously thin. Every part of the ring was visibly worn and aged.
What to do when you love your ring and it is beyond repair?
We both examined the ring under magnification, which is always a good idea when deciding what to do with a damaged ring. After a laundry list of repairs that would have extended the life of the ring, but not for long, I offered Carrie the idea of a ring replica with small changes. I suggested that we recreate the original design she really loved using the broken ring as a reference, but make the new ring thicker and a little wider in depth to ensure the stability of her hand.
To expand the design, I added a row of tiny diamonds in the middle. Carrie’s new ring is a replica of her original, with subtle changes to improve the aesthetics and longevity of the design.
Happy memories flow again when you go with ring replication
Carrie loved her new ring! Happy memories were brought back with a wave of tears.
Do you have a beloved piece of jewelry that you love but cannot wear? Don’t hide it away! Even if your piece of jewelry is irreparable, it can potentially be replicated or redesigned. Remember my motto: wear it, don’t store it!
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