Any ring that's worn for long enough, whether it's a family heirloom or the engagement ring that you've been wearing every day for 30 years, will eventually wear thin, particularly on the lower part of the band, or shank. When this happens, the integrity of the entire piece can be compromised, and you may be in danger of losing gemstones or having the ring break completely.
Fortunately, our skilled craftsmen can re-shank your ring and return it to you in like-new condition. We use state of the art tools for all jewelry repair projects like this, and that, coupled with the years of experience we bring to the table, ensures that the quality of our work is second to none.
Re-shanking a ring is a technical but straightforward process that involves removing the old metal and inserting a new section. Below are the general steps we follow for each re-shanking job. However, because each piece is different, every re-shanking job requires a unique set of considerations as well.
• The first step is to identify the areas that are the most worn and remove them. This is done with a highly-focused laser that can cut through the ring in exactly the place we want without damaging any of the surrounding gemstones or structures.
• Next, we'll select a piece of matching metal and cut it to fit the space.
• We'll shape and attach the new section of the shank, smoothing the connections to ensure a seamless appearance once the process is complete.
• Finally, we'll confirm that all gemstones are secure in their settings, and we'll polish the piece to look like new again.
There are many situations in which re-shanking a ring makes sense. For instance, if you have a ring that's thinned out through years of regular wear, re-shanking is an important step to take to ensure that it doesn't bend or lose gemstones. And even if your ring isn't especially old, your active lifestyle or other factors may have contributed to the band wearing down quickly, causing it to need some professional attention.
A crack in the band or a gemstone falling out are certainly signs that your ring may need to be re-shanked. But it's better if you don't let it get to that point. Any time you feel like the band of a ring is getting a little thin or you notice that some gemstones are getting loose, it's a good idea to have one of our experts look at it to see if any repairs are in order.
In general, we perform either half or full shank replacements. The type of replacement you need will depend on the extent of the wear and how far it extends up towards the top of the ring. Usually the most worn part will be the very bottom of the shank, and especially if we get to a piece early, we can replace only this half instead of the entire band.
Sean S. - Seattle, WA - April 2017 - YelpAbout a year ago, my (now) fiancée needed to have a couple pieces of jewelry fixed and chose Joseph Jewelry because they were the highest rated jeweler on Yelp and happened to be the closest one to her house. They did a great job and were reasonably priced. She mentioned to me in passing (not as a hint) what beautiful, original pieces they had in the store. I made note of her comment, and when I decided to propose, I went to Joseph Jeweler because she had had such a good experience with them, really liked their jewelry, and because I had explored their website and found many lovely designs there. I went in with an initial design from the website in mind as a starting point, and with a budget I wanted to work within. Erich and the team were very respectful of both. Over a period of a few months, I worked with Erich to design the ring and select the stones. I had chosen an emerald-cut sapphire for the middle stone, and Erich found a gorgeous one, but after considering I decided that it was too light, so he found another in a deeper blue--no questions asked--that I knew my girlfriend would like better. After adding that stone to the setting, I asked about changing the design and adding two baguette diamonds to flank the sapphire and Danny happened to have two that matched and were a perfect complement to the center stone. Throughout the process, they were professional, flexible, and helpful and I had a great time working with them. In fact, as we were in the midst of designing the ring, I bought a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings for an anniversary gift that were beautiful in their own right, but that I also knew would complement the ring once I had proposed. The final ring design was striking and elegant, and my fiancée loves both pieces of jewelry and is frequently asked where they came from because they are so beautiful. I'm always happy to refer them to Danny, Erich, and the staff at Joseph Jewelry.