Repairing a broken wedding ring
Accidents happen and regardless of care and upkeep, wedding rings can break. As a result of accidental damage, diamonds may break. In addition, precious metals may scuff and scrape. For this reason, we provide a dedicated service to help clients who experience damage to their wedding rings.
How to wedding rings break?
The most common broken wedding ring issue occurs around the line where a wedding ring has been sized. Hard impact can sometimes cause a ring to break at the sizing line. Some metals are more brittle than others. Contrary to popular belief, 9 carat Gold is far more brittle than 18ct Gold which is more malleable.
Additional ways that wedding rings break
Over the years we have seen countless accidents, breakages and damage to wedding rings. In extreme cases, some clients bring in wedding rings cut from their finger. Unfortunately, hospital emergencies sometimes result in rings having to be cut from a persons finger. Following recovery repair of the broken wedding ring is sometimes possible.
Broken claws and damaged settings
Worn claws or prongs sometime break. Jewellers often re-tip claws to repair settings. Another solution involves re-making that part of a ring. A new section often proves more reliable than repaired claws which often break again.
Example of a damaged wedding ring
Our example below shows a Platinum wedding ring returned to us for repair. The shaped wedding ring contoured to an engagement ring. Years of heavy wear resulted in heavily scratched and abraded Platinum. Furthermore, one of the grain-set diamonds was broken. The remaining ‘chip of broken diamond‘ was clearly visible to the naked eye.
Repairing the broken wedding ring
The first step in repairing the damaged wedding ring involved matching up a replacement diamond. Since we hold many small parcels of diamonds in various colours and clarities, a perfect match is possible. In this specific instance the subsequent work involved re-setting the diamond, checking the other settings and then finally re-polishing the Platinum wedding ring. The final ring was re-furbished back to as-new condition.
Further advice for accidental loss and damage
We would highly recommend that clients organise insurance for their wedding rings. Most policies protect against accidental loss and damage, but please speak to a qualified insurer who can advise on the most cost-effective way to insure your ring. In the UK we recommend T.H.March for jewellery insurance who provide no-obligation quotes for jewellery insurance for clients in the UK.