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Beautiful Ruby Necklaces

Six months ago, my younger sister married her best friend in a beautiful, church ceremony. I was one of the four bridesmaids in her wedding. The bridesmaid dresses were short and black. The shoulders and backs of the dresses were made out of black lace. Because my sister’s color scheme was red and black, she decided to purchase all of her bridesmaids a gorgeous, ruby necklace to wear with their black dresses. These sterling silver necklaces contained ruby beads and crosses made out of white topaz stones. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best kinds of ruby jewelry items to buy the bridesmaids in your upcoming wedding. Enjoy!

Beautiful Ruby Necklaces

Two Fairly Basic Jewelry Repair Processes

by Luis Cabrera

A damaged pendant that is missing a few gemstones and a ring that is misshapen can be repaired with the use of jewelry glue and a marked or unmarked ring mandrel. Both of the repair processes are relatively easy to perform. Quality jewelry pieces that are valuable should be repaired through a professional jewelry service.

Jewelry Glue And Gemstones

Jewelry glue is a clear adhesive that can be used to attach gemstones, sequins, beads, or other jewelry accent pieces that aren't secured by a metal prong setting. This type of adhesive should be applied to the surface on which new gemstones will be secured. A jeweler can assess the pendant, to determine the exact stone type that will need to be added to a broken pendant.

The surrounding stones will indicate the color, size, and quality of the replacement stones that will be needed. If a pendant contains faux stones, this type of repair can be made by someone who is inexperienced at fixing jewelry. A small, wooden craft stick should be used to apply jewelry glue to the pendant. Tweezers can be used to transfer new stones to the glue-covered side of the pendant. While the tweezers are holding onto each stone, they should be used to press down. This will aid with adhering the stones in the jewelry glue.

Ring Mandrels

Ring mandrels are cylindrical tools that may or may not contain markings. The markings on a mandrel are used for ring sizing purposes. A mandrel requires the use of a small mallet. The mallet is used to bend metal back into shape. Some metals are softer than others and will respond well to the strikes that the mandrel makes. A jeweler may use both a marked and unmarked mandrel.

The tool that they use will be based upon the procedure that a client requests. If a ring is bent, a jeweler will reshape it into a circle. If a customer would like to increase the diameter of a ring, a jeweler may be able to use a mandrel to assist them with this task.

If a ring reshaping application is going to be performed by someone without any jewelry repair experience, they should set up their equipment and firmly push the ring down the length of the mandrel. Once the ring is stabilized, they can use the mallet to tap the sections of metal that are bent. Afterward, they should remove the ring from the mandrel and closely inspect the ring, to determine if it is symmetrical in shape.

For more information, contact a jewelry repair service near you.