How to Check for Loose Prongs in Your Jewellery

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How to Check for Loose Prongs in Your Jewellery

Basic maintenance and taking routine care of your Jewellery is part and parcel of owning a piece of Jewellery. One of the most significant problems that could arise from daily wear and tear is the loosening of prongs.

It is important to highlight this issue as it occurs frequently in ring settings. More importantly, the prongs keep the feature stone securely in place and you run the risk of having the gemstone drop out of its setting if you don’t take corrective actions.
Having spent so much time and effort into buying the gemstone ring, I’m sure you don’t want your gemstone to go missing because of negligence.

What Are Prongs And Why Do We Need Them?

Most of the stone set rings you find in the current market utilize a prong based mounting and the number of prongs may vary from one design to another. In a prong setting, gemstones are installed in small gaps or baskets and kept in place by small, bent pieces of metal gripping onto the gemstones girdle.
The advantages of using such a setting is to place more emphasis on the gemstones instead of the metal surrounding it. Since the prongs only cover up a small area on the gemstones, the end result is a mounting that allows more light to enter and illuminate the gemstones.
Over a period of time, prongs can be bent or softened due to repeated bumping or knocks caused by wear and tear. Worn out prongs present a major problem as gemstones can accidentally get dislodged without any warning and go missing.
I’m sure nobody wants to find themselves in a heart wrenching situation of staring into an empty void on their ring. As a rule of the thumb, you should get your jewellery inspected regularly if you wear them on a daily basis. A good guideline to follow is to visit the jeweller once every 6 months for a routine “check-up”.

How to Take Care of Rings in General?

If you think about it from a practical viewpoint, there is not much to do when your gemstones is already damaged – or, what is even worse, already lost.
The best way to ensure long-lasting jewellery is to dedicate time for regular preventive care routines.
You can start by checking for prong placements and security by using a loupe. This is a relatively straightforward task that doesn’t require much technical knowledge.
The presence of suspicious gaps between the gemstones and the setting indicates problems with the prongs. that need to be fixed on. Similarly, there should not be any observable gaps for dirt or hairs to be trapped at contact points between the gemstones and the prongs.
If you don’t own a loupe, here’s another method you can use to diagnose loose prongs. Touching and softly hitting the gemstones with your fingernails should not result in any movements of the gemstone.
Neither should the ring produce any weird sounds when you gently hit the setting with your fingers. If you do hear rattling sounds, these are telltale signs of problems that need to be remedied immediately.

What to Do When You Notice a Damaged Prong?

A skilled silversmith Jeweller can carry out the work for you to minimise risk of chipping your gemstone during the repair process. Repairing broken or bent prongs is a routine job regularly performed. Prong tightening and repairs can at times be a service provided free or for a small fee. Jobs of these nature are not technically hard and can be done while you wait. Depending on severity, the typical prices you can expect to pay for labour and materials charges are often inexpensive price. Basic maintenance and taking routine care of your Jewellery is part and parcel of owning a piece of Jewellery.
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