Has your wedding ring been lost or stolen? There’s a fix for that. The original ring design can be copied!
By now you have tried everything, you’ve backtracked and searched every place you last visited. You’ve made calls. Cleaned the entire house a dozen times over.
Maybe a couple years has passed and reality has finally set in…the ring is just not coming back.
We know how upsetting this can be. Jewelry, especially wedding rings, can be incredibly sentimental.
Fortunately, there is a way to bring the essence of a ring back to life!
Step 1: Find Pictures
Pictures go a long way in establishing what the original ring looked like.
You can easily answer such questions as:
- What is the style of the ring?
- Which type of metal was used?
- What are the stone shapes?
Although the original ring is no longer in your possession, you’ll be able to piece together the design using any photographs you can find.
Another thing that really helps is to find the jewelry appraisal, paperwork, or receipts of the original ring.
A jewelry appraisal will by far be the best document in knowing the specifications of the original ring.
Jewelry appraisals will list such things as:
- Detailed description of the jewelry
- Exactly how big the diamond or other stones are. This includes physical dimensions as well as carat weight.
- Metal description. (Platinum, 18Kt, 14kt, etc.)
- Metal weight
Appraisals are so incredibly useful that we chose to included them in our guide on how to protect your engagement ring.
Step 2: Draw A Sketch
Nobody knows your ring better than you do.
A picture or sketch can go a long way in helping to determine the look or style of a ring.
In this sketch, you can see how the the ring has a nice “scoop” in the middle which reveals the center diamond setting. It is also helpful in showing the shape of the original ring.
STEP 3: Hire A Goldsmith
A goldsmith will be able to copy the design of your original ring and recreate it as a new ring!
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How is it done?
Using CAD technology, the new ring design can be built using computer software to match the likeness and style of the original ring.
The best part? When using CAD, a goldsmith can show you what the ring will look like before it is made. This will give you the opportunity to tweak the design, or request any changes that you feel are necessary in restoring the look of your original ring.
Once the design looks perfect, you can approve the design to go onto the next step.
After the ring design is recreated in CAD, it will be printed in wax using a 3D printer. From there the wax will be invested and burned out, following by a casting in real precious metal.
In the end the client was very satisfied with how the ring turned out. She said it was very much like her original!
The only difference was that we ended up making the ring a bit lower profile than her original.
This will end up working out nicely as the new ring should not as prone to catch on things.
While losing a ring is never fun, take comfort in knowing that there are some wonderful solutions out there.
A new ring with the same design can help restore the memory of the original ring.
In the end it is truly a symbol of love and devotion.