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Daily Wire Tip Apr. 26: When a Culet is Too Tall for a Ring
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
April 26, 2011
Can anything be done or correction made to a completed ring when the culet hits the finger?
-Virginia in York, Pennsylvania
With regards to a prong ring, Virginia, which is what I believe you are talking about, I am afraid I have to answer, no.
Due to the precise construction of this design, the prongs are made to formula length; when they fit the stone properly and are then locked in with the side wires, if the prongs were to be raised to raise the stone, they would no longer fit the stone.
If the culet is very sharp and irritates your finger, my advice here (if this is not a custom order) would be to turn the ring into a pendant, and begin again. If this is a special order, then you have to remove the stone and begin again. If you can very carefully unlock the side wires and remove the stone, you might be able to replace it with a stone of the same size and shape, but with a lesser culet, and salvage the ring.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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