You can’t get your ring(s) off?!

From our Service Department

Okay, so I swear that gold shrinks over time.  Really!  After some years, it seems that often rings don’t fit anymore.  For those who never take their rings off, this can come as quite a surprise.  One day the ring needs to come off and, oh no!  Before you panic, here is what to try.  Note:  if it is an emergency, please go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Pick a time of day when your hands are the least swollen (for some this is the morning; for others, the afternoon).  Go to a place where the temperature is lower (outside in the winter; an air conditioned room in the summer). Hold your hand up (above your heart) for about 2 minutes.  Next, put a generous amount of hand cream on the finger and the ring making sure it gets under the ring.  Then spray some Windex on the finger and try to slide the ring off.

If none of this works, call us!  Our Jeweller will be happy to cut the ring off.  There is no charge for this service.  Call ahead to make sure he will be in the store when you are planning to come.

What not to do!
Please do not let anyone take side cutters or any other cutters to your ring, unless it is an emergency, in which case, your finger is more important to save than the ring.

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The weak link in the chain.

Why don’t we solder the ring that connects your clasp to your chain?

Most of you have heard of “The weak link in the chain”.  Typically, there is a small ring (we call it a Jump Ring) which connects the end of your chain to the clasp (usually a lobster claw or spring ring).  This ring is intended to be the weak link in the chain.  That means it will pull open when the chain is pulled or caught on something.  Yes, I know you are concerned that the chain might fall off, but if that ring was soldered closed, the chain would probably have broken somewhere else anyway (or really hurt your neck).  By having this ring open, it protects the main part of the chain from stress and possible breakage.  It is much less expensive to re-close or replace the Jump Ring than to fix a broken chain.  Another problem occurs when soldering close to a clasp.  Unless it is soldered very carefully, or laser welded, the heat from soldering can damage the metal in the spring and cause it to fail.  We recommend that you check this Jump Ring on your chain periodically.  If it is starting to open, bring it in for one of our Goldsmiths to close it back up for you, or replace it if necessary.  While you are at it, check your whole chain over for parts that are getting thin.  A bit of maintenance now may prevent the loss of a chain (and any pendants on the chain) later.

Exquisite Gold & Gems Inc

1094 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, On

 

How much does it cost to size a ring?

The cost to size can vary greatly depending on if the ring has to be made smaller or larger; the metal needed for the sizing; how much the ring has to be sized, for example one size or three sizes? Are there any stones in the ring? Sometimes during sizing, stones may become loose and have to be re- tightened. If a silver ring has to be sized, and there are many side stones, it is possible that it may have to be sized with a laser welder. This is an expensive machine to purchase as well as to use. Most jewellery repair depots do not have one as it is a very specialized piece of equipment and requires specialized training. We are fortunate to have an in-house laser welder as well as the expertise to use it.

There are many considerations when deciding on the size you need your ring.

For some people, it is common for their fingers to swell periodically. This can be due to medications, type of food eaten, or weather. It is also common for fingers to swell during pregnancy. This can make it difficult to pick a size. We suggest that you either come in for sizing when you are at your biggest, or you choose not to wear certain rings on the days that your fingers swell.

When trying on the finger sizers, you should keep in mind that wide rings will feel tighter on your finger than narrow ones of the same size. Your jewellery store should have a set of wide ring finger sizers.

Typically, alternative metal rings like Titanium, Tungsten, and Ceramic cannot be sized economically (if at all). These rings should be purchased in the correct size.

Silver rings can be sized, but if there are stones set into the ring, a laser welder may be necessary (see above). Also, since silver is often rhodium plated to give it a bright shiny look, the ring would need to be re-rhodium plated after sizing. Typically, we recommend that silver rings be purchased in the correct size, since the cost for sizing is often close to or more than the purchase price of the ring.

Feel free to bring your jewellery in for a free quote. We will size your finger and check for any claws that may need repair. Depending on workload, if you drop your jewellery off on Monday, it is usually done by Friday.

If you have questions about jewellery, please let us know. We can be reached by e-mail at exquisite@tbaytel.net, or via facebook (www.facebook.com/exquisitegold), or twitter (@exquisite gold). If you are in the area, please drop by our showroom at 1094 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Exquisite Gold & Gems Inc

http://www.exquisite.ca

Need a Jewellery Appraisal?

Need an appraisal?  What do I need to know?

The value of an item depends on the reason it is being valued. For example,

The value for Insurance purposes is a retail replacement value of an item. Insurance companies typically require an appraisal in order for you to take out additional insurance for higher valued items. It can also be used to assure the insurance company that you actually owned the item should you make a claim.

The value for resale purposes is a reasonable value for a “used” item in a “private” sale between two individuals. This assumes that there is time to find an interested buyer.

The value for division of estate is a liquidation value. This would be the amount you could expect to get for an item when you don’t have time to find an interested buyer. This value also depends on the date of the division of estate. This could be the date the owner died, or the official date of separation in the case of a marriage.

It is important to know that at this time there is no regulation requiring a person to have any qualifications before they appraise your jewellery. That said, in order to determine an appropriate value for your item, it is important that the appraiser know about determining the type of metal, the identification and grading of any gemstones and gemstone treatments. A gemologist has this training. A further requirement is the ability to determine the value of an item once it is identified. In order to become a Certified Appraisal Professional with the Canadian Jewellery Association, you must first become a Graduate Gemologist and then take an additional Master Valuer Course and pass an exam. There are also periodic refresher exams to keep your certification. Chuck Sandford is the only Certified Appraisal Professional currently in the Thunder Bay area.   We also are pleased to have Yvonne Homer who is  a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is training to becoming a Certified Appraisal Professional (C.J.A.)

We can appraise your jewellery for whatever purpose that is required. Typically, appraisals start at $50 and, will take 24 to 72 hours to complete. Special arrangements, at an additional charge, can be made if you require the appraisal to be done while you wait. For more information on jewellery appraisals, please refer to the CJA website. (www.canadianjewellers.com then put “Appraisal” in the search bar) If you are not in our area, you can also find a list of Certified Appraisal Professionals on this site.

If you have questions about jewellery, please let us know. We can be reached by e-mail at exquisite@tbaytel.net, or via facebook (www.facebook.com/exquisitegold), or twitter (@exquisite gold). If you are in the area, please drop by our showroom at 1094 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Exquisite Gold & Gems Inc

http://www.exquisite.ca