Ever wonder how a ring is resized? Wedding Rings Direct handcraft their own rings from their workshop in Brighton, England. They can resize the majority of rings bought from them so it fits perfectly. Here Wedding Rings Direct have opened up their workshop in Brighton to show us how they do it.
Rings with Stones
1. The ring is tapped using a raw hide mallet on a cylindrical rod known as a triblet to make sure the ring is perfectly round.
2. The ring is then heated up, or 'annealed' as it is better known in the jewellery industry. Annealing is done to make the metal more malleable and makes it easier to work with. It also helps to avoid making the metal brittle when resizing. This also allows the jeweler to see if the ring has been resized before.
3. A cut is made through the metal, either at the same point as the original solder join, or making a new one, being careful that the hallmark and any engraving is not going to be interfered with during the resizing process. The cut is usually made centrally at the back of the ring.
4. The ring is then opened up to just under the new size that is required.
5. A piece of 18ct white gold will then be shaped appropriately and curved to fit in the opening that has just been created.
6. One side will then be soldered, and the ring realigned to ensure that there are no gaps at all and the metal insert is flush with both joints.
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9. The stone setting is then checked to make sure it is tight.
10. The size is then checked; if it is out slightly, it will be placed on the triblet and knocked up slightly using the raw hide mallet again.
11. The ring is then buffed using fine emery paper and polished using a bristle head on a polishing machine; the brush rotates very fast as the ring is against the brush.
13. The ring is then cleaned using an ultra-sonic machine followed by steam cleaning.
14. The ring is rhodium plated and rinsed followed by another steam cleaning to a dry finish.
A plain ring such as a wedding band which needs resizing up or down one size is altered using the following steps:
1. The ring is annealed to make the metal easier to work with.
3. It is then polished to return it to its finish.
4. If the ring is a white gold metal it will then be rhodium plated followed by cleaning in an ultra-sonic machine.
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